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NSCA or ACSM Clinical Certifications

by brenda
(oakland, ca)

I would like some feedback as to whether it is better to get a NSCA, or one or more of the ACSM Clinical Certifications, such as ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist or ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (It's not always clear to the person in beginning research to understand what it means to require a bachelors or master degree, i.e. in a exercise/science/health related field, or any field?)

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ACSM CES v. RCEP
by: Anonymous

You must have your masters for the exercise physiologist registry and the masters has to be in something like exercise science. Must have a bachelors for the clinical exercise specialist. ACSM is the gold standard but if you do not have a strong background in exercise science (and I don't mean personal training) the likelihood of passing is very slim. Both of these exams are very difficult and there's a reason for it. It sets us apart from the competition and those people calling themselves exercise physiologists and have no education to prove it. If you have a bachelors, I would start with the health fitness specialist. The CES is clinical which means you will need to be proficient in reading EKGs (12 leads also.)

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