Student Learning Outcomes


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Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Kinesiology Learning Outcomes

Integrative Wellness

  • Apply evidence-based coaching strategies and behavior change techniques to facilitate meaningful lifestyle changes and improved health outcomes
  • Collaborate with colleagues in a wide variety of setting to provide an integrative and holistic approach to healthcare, health education, and health promotion
  • Use technology to provide lifestyle interventions to prevent and effectively manage chronic disease
  • Prepare for nationally recognized and accredited certification exams by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC)

Exercise Science

  • Incorporate current best evidence and practices to make effective clinical decisions and advance scholarship in exercise science
  • Collaborate with colleagues to determine health, fitness, and disease states in clients and patients to enhance care
  • Create exercise interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases

Sport Management

  • Master key management and leadership principles to direct sports organizations and athletic programs effectively
  • Develop strategic decision-making skills while gaining at least 100 hours of relevant professional experience in the San Diego sports industry
  • Effectively serve the sport and sport-education industries through faith-based ethical management principles and practices

Sport Performance

  • Master advanced concepts in biomechanics and neuromechanics to improve function, eliminate pain, and optimize human performance
  • Enhance your clinical skills through focused hands-on opportunities in sport performance and sport medicine
  • Integrate your clinical experiences with current best evidence and practices to make effective decisions for optimal client and patient care

Master of Science in Athletic Training Learning Outcomes

  • To prepare students to demonstrate competency in interpreting evidence-based research and improving clinical standards and practice through clinical question development and research methodology
  • To prepare students to develop expertise in the athletic training domains through an integrative experiential clinical model
  • To equip students with appropriate knowledge and educational foundation required for an entry-level Certified Athletic Trainer
  • To prepare students to establish and understand the importance of inter-professional relationships, while collaborating with other health care professionals to become effective communicators
  • To prepare students to demonstrate preparation, knowledge and skill in the delivery of comprehensive health care to a diverse set of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions and illnesses in a distinctly moral and ethical manner, integrating Christian faith with clinical practice

Master of Science in Athletic Training Goals

  • Meet national accreditation standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and educational competencies as determined by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
  • Produce high quality, ethical and professional certified athletic trainers for employment in diverse allied health
  • Prepare students to successfully complete the Board of Certification (BOC) national certification exam
  • Foster the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills using an evidence-based approach

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Use critical reasoning to provide evidenced-based occupational therapy services across the lifespan, in a variety of service delivery models, health care settings, and community-based systems
  • Develop and utilize a therapeutic use of self during client interactions, which supports the client’s engagement in occupational therapy, and achievement of the client’s goals
  • Provide services within a client-centered, occupation, and faith-based framework, with consideration of contextual factors, which influence a person’s, group’s, and/or population’s ability to engage in meaningful occupational tasks and roles
  • Demonstrate compliance with legal, ethical, and professional standards when interacting with clients, service providers, and/or systems
  • Exhibit the ability to document, manage, and evaluate outcomes of services provided
  • Develop clinical programs which meet a need for underserved persons, groups, and/or populations in the community
  • Embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in clinical practice through the delivery of high quality, accessible, and culturally responsive care within a technological and global environment
  • Work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members to enhance the provision of client-centered, quality occupational therapy services

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Goals

  • Recruit qualified individuals whose missions align with the PLNU MSOT Program, who will successfully complete the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree at PLNU
  • Maintain and/or exceed educational standards to achieve full ACOTE(c) accreditation
  • Cultivate a commitment to service in underserved communities
  • Educate students in a collaborative team model that promotes critical thinking and consideration of contextual, personal, and client factors
  • Graduate students with NBCOT(c) pass rates above the national average
  • Foster faculty development in teaching service and scholarship

Physician Assistant, M.S.M. Learning Outcomes

  • Gather a history and perform a physical examination
  • Prioritize a differential diagnosis following a clinical encounter
  • Recommend and interpret common diagnostic and screening tests
  • Enter and discuss orders and prescriptions
  • Document a clinical encounter in the patient record
  • Provide an oral presentation of a clinical encounter
  • Form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care
  • Give or receive a patient handover to transition care responsibility
  • Collaborate as a member of an interprofessional team
  • Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiate evaluation and management
  • Obtain informed consent for tests and/or procedures
  • Perform general procedures of a physician assistant
  • Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement