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 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.

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.


What if I already have level 1, 2 or 3 of the EIM Credential? Do I have to start over?

Individuals who already hold any level of the EIM Credential will still possess the EIM Credential but without a numeric designation. Please update your signature or biography as needed, but no other action is required. Note: You must keep an active NCCA-accredited certification to maintain the EIM Credential. New applicants for the EIM Credential must possess a minimum bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field.

Why did you make these changes?

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.

I am already certified as an ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (CEP). Why do I need the EIM Credential?

Having the EIM Credential provides you with additional professional recognition and signifies that you are an integral part of the EIM movement. You believe in the power of exercise to impact mental and physical health — the EIM Credential sends that message loud and clear. Those with the EIM Credential will be invited to receive updates about EIM efforts to integrate PA into health care settings as well as participate in EIM activities. Whether or not you choose to get the credential, you may wish to take one or more of the EIM course modules to help you obtain your required CECs. 

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