University of Southern Indiana

Practicum in Exercise Science and Kinesiology

 Practicums in Exercise Science and Kinesiology

The Practicum provides students with valuable supervised practical experience for a specified period of time. It will take years of experience and plenty of networking to obtain your "Dream Job", and it all begins with your first practicum. Success is most likely to occur when preparation meets opportunity. It is not enough just to be in the right place at the right time, but it is also important to be prepared. Your Practicum is your opportunity to prepare for the future.

Below you will find a copy of the syllabi according to the semester you plan on taking the practicum and resources that will be needed to complete the practicum. You will also find potential jobs and sites that may be of interest to you. If you have a potential practicum that is not on the list please do not hesitate to contact  at 812-465-1265. Good luck and make the most of your experience!

KIN 393 Handbook              

KIN 493 Handbook

EXSC 496 Handbook

EXSC 497 Handbook    

Questions and Answers

When can I begin my practicum experiences?

Undergraduate Students

  • KIN 283 - Filed Experience in Sport & Physical Activity - No prerequisite but encouraged to take freshman year
  • KIN 393 - Practicum in Kinesiology I - Prerequisites are KIN 283 and Sophomore standing
  • KIN 493 - Practicum in Kinesiology II - Prerequisites are KIN 283 and Senior standing
  • EXSC 496 - Practicum in Exercise Science - Prerequisites ate KIN 283 and Senior standing
  • EXSC 497 - Practicum in Strength & Conditioning - Prerequisites are KIN 283 and Senior standing

How do I find a Practicum?

The student is ultimately responsible for finding and securing a practicum.  However, the Kinesiology and Sport Department Faculty Internship Coordinator and the USI Office of Career Services and Internships Career Coordinator may assist in the responsibility.

It is important that the student does not procrastinate, therefore it is highly recommended to begin looking at possible practicum sites two semesters prior to taking the practicum course. Practicum announcements are sent via email, posted on the practicum website, and posted on the practicum bulletin board. Students may also review practicum announcements for many different organizations located in a handbook within the Kinesiology and Sport Department.  In addition, students may also visit the USI Office of Career Services and Internships.

How do I register for the Practicum class?

Students may enroll in the KIN 283, KIN 393, KIN 493, and/or EXSC 496 courses after meeting prerequisites.  Students must complete a mandatory orientation prior to beginning the KIN 393, KIN 493, EXSC 496, and EXSC 497 courses.

How many hours do I have to work during my practicum? Do the hours have to be completed all at one facility?

Undergraduate

  • KIN 283 - Field Experience in Sport and Physical Activity - Students must complete 20-hours
  • KIN 393 - Practicum in Kinesiology I - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours
  • KIN 493 - Practicum in Kinesiology II - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours for the 3 credit hour course, 200-hours for the 4 credit hour course or 250-hours for the 5 credit hour course.
  • EXSC 496 - Practicum in Exercise Science - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours for the 3 credit hour course, 200-hours for the 4 credit hour course, 250-hours for the 5 credit hour course, or 300-hours for the 6 credit hour course.
  • EXSC 497 - Practicum in Strength & Conditioning - Students must complete a minimum of 150-hours for the 3 credit hour course, 200-hours for the 4 credit hour course, 250-hours for the 5 credit hour course, or 300-hours for the 6 credit hour course.

Students may have multiple practicum locations in order to fulfill the required hours.

Practicum Opportunities

Commercial Fitness and Wellness

Corporate Fitness and Wellness

Strength and Conditioning

  • Eastern Michigan University Sport Performance - For more information email fhale@emich.edu
  • IU Men's Basketball - Click here for more information
  • K's Training Academy 
  • Nutriformance/Athletic Republic STL - For more information email charliem@nutriformance.com
  • Reitz High School Strength Crew - For more information email Andy Hape at andy.hape@evsc.k12.in.us
  • Rick Stein's Basketball Camp - For more information email Rick Stein at rstein@usi.edu
  • USI Athletics - For more information email Mandi Fulton at mfulton@usi.edu
  • USI Strength & Conditioning - For more information email Josh Wildeman at jnwildeman@usi,edu

Campus Recreation

  • USI Intramural Sports - For more information email Joe Gratz at jgratz@usi.edu
  • USI Recreation Fitness and Wellness Center - For more information contact Stephanie Schwake at schwake@usi.edu

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Chiropractic

Cardiac Rehab

Youth Fitness

 Senior Fitness

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