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For graduation from the Exercise Science degree, students will be required to complete two practical field experiences, Practicum (4 credit hours) and Internship (12 credit hours).  Practicum is recommended to be completed during junior year and is intended to give students practical experience in and initial exposure to their intended career field.  Internship is a capstone experience, requiring significant field-hours, to be taken by soon-graduating seniors. 

This page serves as a central reference for these courses.  Here you can access handbooks for the respective course, instructions on how to go about meeting your clinical background requirements, and some references on current or past locations collaborating with GSW in field experiences.

Links and Forms:

You, the student, are ultimately responsible for finding the location at which you will do your practicum or internship.  Once your academic advisor has approved your site selection, you must bring the completed clinical initiation form to the clinical service manager (CSM) by the deadlines shown below.  The CSM will determine the credentialing requirements (eg. drug test, CPR certification, immunizations, etc.) of your chosen agency.  All students must purchase liability insurance. See the checklist below.


Students in the internship/practicum experience must carry liability insurance. The semester prior to the internship/practicum, students should access the insurance site at, then click on "individuals", then click on "professional liability", then click on "student". Students need to be prepared to pay with a debit or credit card that has their name on the card and insurance proof is available within 24 hours. If the student is not prepared to pay in this manner, they must download the paper copy and submit as instructed which may take up to two weeks to process.

Practicum/Internship Checklist

  • Meet with your faculty adviser for approval of your site choice.  It is strongly suggested that you start this process at least 5-6 months prior to the time you intend to start your practicum or internship.

  • Bring in your signed Clinical Initiation Form to the Clinical Service Manager (CSM).
    See Mrs. Tiffany Battle (Clinical Service Manager) in College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Room 134

    Deadlines for submitting Clinical Initiation Form
    • October 1 for Spring Semester (August 15th, if a contract is not already in place)
    • March 1 for Summer Semester (January 15th, if a contract is not already in place)
    • June 1 for Fall Semester (April 15th, if a contract is not already in place)

  • CSM will determine facility requirements and notify student of requirements and if application to ACEMAPP is needed

    If ACEMAPP is required...
    Student to submit requirements via ACEMAPP prior to deadline


    If ACEMAPP is not required...
    Student to submit requirements to CSM prior to deadline



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