ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam is a certification test that is intended for nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other similar professionals that work in hospitals, rehab centers, and other locations in which exercise may be used as part of a patient’s treatment. This exam, which is written by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and administered by Pearson VUE, is meant to help physical therapists and other similar healthcare professionals prove that they are capable of developing and/or implementing exercise programs that are designed to maintain, improve, or restore a patient’s overall health.

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions that will examine your knowledge of electrocardiography; emergency procedures; exercise prescriptions; exercise physiology; exercise safety; exercise science; fitness testing; health appraisals; human behavior; injury prevention; medical management; medications; nutrition; outcome assessments; pathophysiology; patient management; programming; the risk factors associated with a number of different injuries and physical conditions; surgical management; the techniques that physical therapists and other similar professionals use to develop, implement, review, and improve exercise programs; the techniques that physical therapists and other similar professionals use to diagnose injuries, physical abnormalities, and other similar conditions; and weight management. It is important to note, however, that nearly two-thirds or, in other words, approximately 65 to 66% of the questions on the exam are related to the electrocardiography, exercise prescriptions, health appraisals, and programming topics mentioned above. It is also important to note that 35 of the 100 questions included on the exam are experimental and only 65 of the questions on the exam are actually scored.

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam is a timed exam, and you will have 3 1/2 hours or approximately 210 minutes to complete the exam. Once you complete the exam, you will receive a score on a scale of 200 to 800, and this score will be based on how many questions you answer correctly, how many questions the other exam-takers are able to answer correctly on the same version of the test that you took, how difficult each question is, and how important the information in each question is to the field of sports medicine. In order to pass the exam, you must have a total scaled score that is equal to or greater than 550. The exact number of questions that you will need to answer correctly to achieve a score of 550 will vary, but you will typically need to get between 45 and 52 of the scored questions correct to pass the exam.

If you achieve a score of 550 or above, you will receive the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential. This credential can be very helpful if you are looking for a position in a hospital’s physical therapy department, a physical therapy office, a rehab center, or another similar location. However, it is important to note that nurses, physical therapists, and other similar professionals are required to have a license, and you will not be able to practice in the field of sports medicine with the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential alone. In fact, most states will require you to have a bachelor’s degree related to your specific healthcare profession, pass state and/or national licensure examinations, and meet other similar requirements before you begin working as a physical therapist, a rehab nurse, or another similar professional.

In order to take the Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in exercise physiology, human performance, nursing, occupational therapy, physical education, physical therapy, or another similar field; have a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification; and at least 600 hours of experience in a physical therapy department, a rehab center, or another similar facility that allowed you to practice your skills in the clinical exercise field. If you meet these requirements, you may register for the exam through Pearson VUE via their ACSM website or by phone.

ACSM Certification Renewal Requirements

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has a number of different certifications that are designed for individuals that want to begin or advance their careers in the field of sports medicine. In fact, the Certified Personal Trainer credential, the Certified Exercise Physiologist credential, the Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential, and the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential are only a few examples of the many different credentials that individuals can obtain in the field of sports medicine. However, it is important to note that these credentials are only helpful for as long as they remain in effect, and each of the ACSM credentials will expire after three years. This means that if you want to enter the field of sports medicine and continue your career for many years to come, you have to know how to meet the ACSM’s recertification requirements.

Fortunately, the ACSM’s recertification requirements are relatively straightforward, and you will only have to meet three requirements to renew your certification in most cases. First, you must meet the ACSM’s continuing education requirement. This requirement simply states that you have to earn a certain number of contact hours, Continuing Education Credits (CECs or CE credits), Continuing Education Points (CEPs), Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, or other similar credits that indicate that you have completed the required amount of education. These credits may be earned from ACSM Certification Workshops (these workshops are basically refresher courses in the topics that the certification exams cover); ACSM meetings (national or regional); ACSM programs; ACSM self-tests; books and other similar publications that you have written or co-written as long as they are peer-reviewed; classes or seminars that you teach; college courses related to a health, fitness, and/or clinical topic; clinical or hospital rounds; and the meetings of major professional health, fitness, and/or clinical organizations that the ACSM has approved.

ACSM Certification Renewal Requirements

  • However, it is important to note that the specific number of credits that you will need to renew your certification will depend on the certification that you are attempting to renew. If you are attempting to renew your Certified Personal Trainer credential, you will need to obtain 45 credits every three years to meet the continuing education requirement. If you are attempting to renew your Certified Exercise Physiologist credential, your Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential, or your Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential, on the other hand, you will need to obtain 60 credits every three years to meet the continuing education requirement. It is also important to note that you may choose to re-take the appropriate certification exam to renew your credential if you are unwilling or unable to meet the continuing education requirement.
  • Secondly, you must meet the ACSM’s CPR requirement. In order to meet this requirement, you must have a CPR or Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate and your certificate must be the same type of certificate that you originally needed to earn your certification. In other words, if you are renewing your Certified Personal Trainer credential or your Certified Exercise Physiologist credential, you must have an Adult CPR certificate from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or another similar organization to renew your certification. If you are renewing your Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential, you must have a BLS certificate to renew your certification. If you are renewing your Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential, you will need a BLS certificate or a CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate.
  • Finally, after you meet these two basic requirements, you will have to pay the recertification fee that is associated with your certification. The specific amount that you will have to pay will change from year to year, but you will usually have to pay somewhere between $25 and $65 to renew your certification.

Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam

The Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam is a certification test that is intended for personal trainers that want to work with individuals that have injuries or illnesses. This exam, which is written by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and administered by Pearson VUE, is meant to help personal trainers prove that they have the skills that they need to design fitness training programs for individuals that lack the physical strength, mobility, or stamina that is required for a typical fitness program. The Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam includes 150 multiple-choice questions that will examine your knowledge of electrocardiography; emergency procedures; exercise prescriptions; exercise physiology; exercise safety; exercise science; fitness testing; health appraisals; human behavior; injury prevention; medical management; nutrition; outcome assessments; pathophysiology; programming; the risk factors associated with common injuries and physical conditions; surgical management; the techniques that personal trainers use to administer, monitor, and improve the quality of exercise programs; the techniques that personal trainers use to determine the special needs of a client and/or identify injuries or conditions that may require additional medical treatment; and weight management. It is important to note, however, that nearly two-thirds or, in other words, approximately 66% of the questions on the exam are related to the exercise physiology, exercise prescription, exercise science, fitness testing, health appraisal, and programming topics mentioned above.

You will receive a score that falls somewhere between 200 and 800 as soon as you complete the exam. This score will be based on the number of correct responses that you choose, the number of correct responses that other exam-takers choose on the same version of the exam that you take, the difficulty of each of the questions that you answer correctly, and the importance of the concepts discussed in each of the questions that you answer correctly. The total scaled score that you will need to obtain to pass the exam is 550. The exact number of correct responses that are required to obtain a score of 550 can vary depending on the questions that you receive, but you will typically need between 77 and 88 correct responses (not counting your responses on the un-scored questions) to achieve a passing score.

If you successfully complete the exam, you will receive the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist credential. This credential can be very helpful if you are trying to expand your clientele, but it is important to remember that a personal trainer is not necessarily required to have the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist credential to provide his or her training services to individuals with injuries or illnesses. It is also important to remember that the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist credential is only intended for personal trainers that want to work with individuals that have illnesses and/or injuries, and the certification is not intended for individuals that are attempting to diagnose or treat the illnesses and/or injuries that these individuals actually have.

In order to take the Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam, you must have an Adult CPR Certification from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or another similar organization that requires you to practice and demonstrate your CPR skills before you may be certified; and an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or be in the final term/semester of an accredited program that will allow you to obtain an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, exercise science, human performance, physical education, or another similar field. If you meet these requirements, you may register for the exam via Pearson VUE’s ACSM website or by calling the Pearson VUE ACSM registration number.

Certified Personal Trainer Exam

The Certified Personal Trainer Exam is a certification test that is intended for individuals that want to become personal trainers. This exam, which is designed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and administered by Pearson VUE, is meant to help professionals that are trying to distinguish themselves from individuals that lack the experience, education, skills, and/or basic knowledge that they need to effectively improve an individual’s physical fitness. The Certified Personal Trainer Exam includes 150 multiple-choice questions that will examine your knowledge of emergency procedures; exercise prescriptions; exercise physiology; exercise safety; exercise science; fitness testing; health assessments; human behavior; injury prevention; the methods that are typically used to administer, monitor, and improve the quality of exercise programs; nutrition; outcome assessments; programming; and weight management. It is important to note, however, that over half of the questions on the exam are specifically related to the exercise prescriptions, exercise physiology, exercise science, and programming topics mentioned above.

The Certified Personal Trainer Exam is scored on a scale, and you will receive a score of 200 to 800 as soon as you complete the exam. This score is based on a formula that takes into consideration the number of questions that you answered correctly, the number of correct answers that the average exam-taker typically gets, the importance that the ACSM assigns to each topic, and the difficulty of each question. The minimum score that you must achieve to pass the Certified Trainer Exam is 550, but the specific number of correct answers that you will need to pass the exam will vary greatly from exam version to exam version.

Once you have successfully completed the Certified Trainer Exam, you will receive the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer credential. This credential can be very helpful when you are looking for new clients because many people consider the credential to be an indication that you have a basic understanding of the fitness field. However, it is important to note that personal trainers are not legally required to have the ACSM’s Certified Personal Trainer credential, and you may be able to find clients and/or businesses that are willing to hire you even though you do not actually have this credential. In other words, the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer credential may be helpful if you are planning to become a personal trainer, but it is not necessarily required for professionals in the fitness field.

In order to take the Certified Personal Trainer Exam, you must be at least 18 years old; have a high school diploma; and have an Adult CPR Certification from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or another similar organization that requires you to actually practice and demonstrate your CPR skills before you obtain your CPR certification. If you meet these requirements, you may register for the exam either online through Pearson VUE’s ACSM website or by phone.

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam

The Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam is a certification test that is intended for individuals that want to become exercise physiologists. This exam, which is written by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and administered by Pearson VUE, is designed for healthcare professionals that want to prove that they have the education and experience that they need to diagnose and/or treat a variety of illnesses and injuries through exercise. The Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam includes 125 multiple-choice questions that will examine your knowledge of clinical exercise testing; emergency procedures; exercise prescriptions; fitness testing; health appraisals, human behavior; injury prevention; medical management; outcome assessments; pathophysiology; programming; the risk factors associated with a variety of different injuries and illnesses; surgical management; and the techniques that healthcare professionals use to develop, implement, review, and improve exercise programs. It is important to note that most of the questions on the exam are related to the cardiovascular, hematologic, immunologic, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neoplastic, neuromuscular, and pulmonary conditions that exercise physiologists are typically required to diagnose and/or treat. However, the exam will also include a large number of questions related to the basic concepts that every professional in the sports medicine field needs to know. It is also important to note that the ACSM will usually includes 15 questions that do not count, so the ACSM can test these questions to make sure that they are suitable for later versions of the exam.

The Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam is timed, but you will have 3 hours to finish the entire exam. Once you finish the exam, you will receive a score on a scale of 200 to 800. This score will be based on how many correct responses you get, how many correct responses the other exam-takers get, how difficult it was to determine the correct answer to each question, and how important the question is to understanding the fundamental concepts of the field of exercise physiology. The minimum score that you need to pass the exam is 550. The actual number of responses that you need to get correct to pass the exam will vary depending on the difficulty and importance of the material covered in each of the questions on the specific version of the exam that you are required to take, but you will typically be required to answer between 81 and 92 of the questions correctly to achieve a passing score.

If you pass the exam, you will receive the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential. This credential may be enough for you to establish your own exercise physiology practice, expand an existing exercise physiology practice, or join an existing physiology practice in some states. However, it is important to note that the state requirements for exercise physiologists can vary dramatically from state to state, and some states may require you to meet a series of certification, education, experience, licensure, and/or other similar requirements in addition to or instead of obtaining an ACSM certification before you begin practicing your skills in that state.

In order to take the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited program in exercise physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, or movement science; a Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate; and an ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist credential or at least 600 hours of experience in a physical therapy department, a rehab center, or another similar facility that allowed you to practice your skills in the clinical exercise field (preferably in a setting that allowed you to work with a variety of different cardiovascular, hematologic, immunologic, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and pulmonary conditions.) If you meet these requirements, you may register for the exam by sending your application, your application fee, a copy of your final graduate school transcript, a copy of the program description for the graduate program that you completed, and any other required documents to the ACSM (and not Pearson VUE.)

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