ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist - what hours may be counted towards certification?
I understand that you need experience in a "clinical exercise program". Has anyone looked into whether these have to be hospital-based programs?
My experience is in a "Bootcamp" group fitness setting. This did include exercise testing, prescription, supervision, counseling, and education. What we did not do any ECG monitoring and did not work with many cardiac patients.
I intend on working with special populations (cancer, post-rehab, etc.) and I debating whether I should go for the CES or HFS. My understanding is that CES work with patients in hospital-based programs that may be unstable, while HFS work with stable individuals. In any case, if my hours from group fitness would count towards certification, I would rather go for the higher credential.
ACSM had / according my database/
ACSM Exercise Specialist - minimum of 600 hours of practical experience in a clinical exercise program (e.g.., cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation programs, exercise testing, exercise prescription, electrocardiography, patient education, disease management of cardiac, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases).
ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist - minimum of 600 clinical hours are required with hours in each of the clinical practice areas, which may be completed as part of a formal degree program in exercise physiology: cardiovascular 200; pulmonary 100; metabolic120; orthopedic 100; neuromuscular 40; immunological 40. These hours may be obtained with patients with co-morbid conditions. For example, time spent working with a patient who has coronary heart disease and Parkinson's disease may be counted in two practice areas if you were providing exercise evaluation or programming specific to each of the conditions.
Check please ACSM Certification Resourse Center
I've earned the ACSM RCEP credential and can tell you that the hours you will need to accumulate will have to be documented in a clinical setting. I've attached the following link to guide you.
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