What Qualifies for the Applied Practice?

The Applied Practice may be fulfilled through any combination of the following options. Consult with your advisor to determine which options are most appropriate for you and whether your program has any specific requirements or restrictions:

  • Option 1: A practicum or internship completed during a summer or academic term while enrolled in their degree program
  • Option 2: Completion of an Applied Practice-designated course. Consult your program coordinator.
  • Option 3: Co-curricular experiences (e.g., service and volunteer opportunities, including experiences organized by a student association).

The following do not qualify as an Applied Practice:

  • Mission trips
  • Clinical work
  • Prior work/volunteer activities or coursework that begin before the learning agreement is approved

Requirements for International Applied Practice Opportunities

Students who want to complete an international Applied Practice must complete the University of Minnesota international travel registration process.


  • Once these requirements are complete, they will pre-populate on the Applied Practice Experience learning agreement.
  • Students must discuss self-identified travel plans (international experiences that are not promoted by the University) with an appropriate Education Abroad Office, University faculty and/or staff member prior to confirming travel plans. Related policy: visit the Student Travel and Education Abroad: Health and Safety Policy.
  • International Students who plan to complete an Applied Practice outside the U.S. should first consult with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to review international travel options while on your student visa. 

Mercedes Taneja at, Applied Practice coordinator, must sign off on all international learning agreements.

What Are Applied Practice Products and How Do I Document Them?

The products are created as part of the Applied Practice to benefit the practice site. The products must demonstrate that the student has applied specific competencies. The student must submit a minimum of 2 products for the Applied Practice.

Each product does not need to demonstrate the application of all five competencies. For example, one product (e.g., a written assignment) may demonstrate 3 competencies and the second product (e.g., a video presentation) may demonstrate the other 2 competencies.

Competencies and products may differ from student to student.  Students will upload the products to the Applied Practice learning agreement (Applied Practice Online Module) for their advisor and preceptor to review and approve.

While students may complete experiences as individuals or as groups in a structured experience, each student must present documentation demonstrating individual competency application or practice.

Product examples include, but not limited to:

  • Written assignments
  • Journal entries that document activities that demonstrate practice or application of a competency
  • Completed tests
  • Brochure
  • Flyer
  • Training manual
  • Policy brief
  • Videos
  • Multi-media presentations
  • Spreadsheets
  • Grant proposals
  • Budgets
  • Site-specific reports
  • Health promotion materials
  • Training course curriculum
  • Program evaluation reports
  • Surveys
  • Websites
  • Posters
  • Photos
  • Other digital artifacts of learning

If proprietary information is part of the student’s experience, a student will not have to submit that information but instead can summarize the project in a journal entry.

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