PEP 455 “Practicum for Exercise Programming”

Our program offers a hands-on experience as a part of our curriculum where students apply the theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities they have gathered throughout the program. Students have the opportunity to gain exposure to working With a variety of populations while serving as an Exercise Mentor in one of the following locations:

  • Faculty and Staff Fitness Training Program — Working with University employees to reach their fitness goals.
  • Varsity Athletics Weight Room — Working with University athletes to improve performance.
  • Gero-Fit — Working with retired military veterans to improve their quality of life.
  • Powerlifting with Special Olympians — Working with athletes to improve their strength and conditioning through powerlifting.


Exercise mentors have the responsibility of screening, assessing, prescribing, and monitoring the exercise of the participants of these program. Students have full access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to do so to ensure they are maximizing their learning experience. Exercise mentors are expected to perform physiological assessments, design individualized exercise programs, and help clients achieve the goals they have set.

Program Planning

Students are encouraged to come up with creative and helpful programs to offer participants. Program planning is an important task for Exercise Science Specialists. A few examples of past programs created by our senior students include,

  • Sharks and Member
  • Take a Break Tuesday — Walks
  • Abs with Annie