EIM Online Course

The EIM online course provides condition-specific exercise guidelines, modifications, coaching tips and health care essentials to help exercise professionals successfully guide those with chronic diseases to adopt a physically active lifestyle.   

The EIM course, developed with the assistance of more than 35 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) subject matter experts, includes interactive activities, video clips and helpful prompts to take movement breaks while you’re studying. The recommendations, modifications and training tips align with the 11th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, the 2018 National Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAGA), national disease-specific guidelines and practical advice from practitioners in each topical area.

Learners are encouraged to work through the course over roughly two months, completing 2-3 hours of content weekly. A helpful review PDF of the information presented, as well as additional handouts, are included.

Anyone can take the 15 CEC course, but only those who meet the EIM Credential requirements listed above are eligible to receive the credential.

Course Modules

Health Care Basics

1. Models of Care
2. Exercise is Medicine®
3. Terminology, Documentation and Communication
4. Privacy/HIPAA and Scope of Practice

Exercise Prescription for Common Chronic Medical Conditions

1. Hypertension and Dyslipidemia
2. Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
3. Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
4. Osteoarthritis and Low Back Pain
5. Introduction to Cancer

Exercise Prescription for Older Adults

1. Aging and Physical Activity
2. Working with Frail Older Adults
3. Training Tips and Modifications

Facilitating Behavior Change – The Coach Approach

1. Selected Behavior Change Theories
2. Behavioral Support Techniques
3. Motivational Interviewing - Principals and Practical Skills

Exercise Prescription in Special Settings

1. Facilitating Small Group Medical Fitness Programs
2. Technology/Virtual Training

To earn your CECs, you will need to view the course content and pass the online quizzes (earning 80% or better on each). If you wish to obtain the EIM Credential, you will be asked to provide proof of your education and NCCA-accredited fitness certification upon successful completion of the course.

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