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 three months, completing one to two 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.
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.
EIM updated the credential’s requirements and structure in response to feedback from physicians and other health care providers about the academic background an exercise professional would need to possess in order for them to trust that professional’s competence. Further, focus groups conducted with health care providers and exercise professionals, as well as feedback from ACSM customer service staff, indicated that there was considerable confusion about the previous three credential levels and exemptions. The new structure and requirements simplify and strengthen the EIM Credential.In addition, academic programs have varying curricula and may not cover all essential EIM topics. Requiring those pursuing the EIM Credential to take the updated EIM course ensures that all who possess the credential share the same foundation of knowledge.