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discussion of licensure has been a HOT topic among EPs for the past five years
and once again licensure is at the forefront of much discussion. On November
2nd, 2005 the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists
(MACEP) introduced House Bill # 3950 which would license exercise physiologists
in the state of Massachusetts. You can read the full bill from the
Massachusetts Legislative website at:
The next step in the legislative process is for the committee to vote in
executive session whether they support the bill or not. This is expected to
occur sometime in the next few months.
From what I have read, the
bill appears to be similar to Louisianas Exercise Physiology Licensure.
MACEP has written the bill to include the American College of Sports
Medicine (ACSM) as part of licensure requirements and it appears that ACSM has
even written a letter of support of this bill. The bill will require the
Clinical Exercise Physiologist to have A Masters Degree in exercise sciences, a
minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience and a passing score on a
4-hour written National Registry Examination (Registered Clinical Exercise
Physiologist) administered by the ACSM.
Currently, Louisiana is the
only state to license exercise physiologists, but this bill was poorly written,
and the EPs have had very little benefit of licensure. Other states that have
attempted EP licensure includes; West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and
Massachusetts. There are several issues that I believe have kept these
organizations from being successful. First, in each case, the groups of EPs
are not working on building a profession before attempting licensure. They are
simply trying to get licensed. As in the case of Louisiana, when licensure is
successful, it does not mean that it will be good or beneficial to anyone.
Secondly, these groups did not affiliate with a national governing body
exclusive to their profession. Finally, these groups have obviously researched
other successful health care professions licensure efforts. If they did, they
would see that other health care practitioners spent a great deal of time
developing their profession before attempting licensure. They would also see
the benefit in uniting behind a national exclusive organization to gain support
in their cause.
Will the Massachusetts Association of Clinical
Exercise Physiologists be successful in this endeavor? Only time will tell. I
personally do not think it is a good idea to utilize the services of a multi
disciplinary organization such as ACSM when trying to attempting to seek
licensure. It may appear to some to be a conflict of interest. Within the
American College of Sports Medicine exercise physiologists make up just
one (1) of its forty-six (46) occupational membership categories and only 11% of
its entire membership are EPs. ACSM members include Applied Physiologists,
Biomechanists, Physicians, Registered Nurses, and Physical Therapists. Speaking
of physical therapists, The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) was
in Massachusetts on November 2nd, 2005 to oppose this bill on the day it was
introduced. Some of their points of objection were:
Clinical Exercise Physiology
is an emerging field, and has not yet reached a level of professionalization
that requires licensure.
Clinical Exercise Physiology
has no clearly defined national standards nor does it have accredited
There is no evidence of
public harm from exercise, so CEPs are not needed in health care.
Licensure of CEPs will
create fragmentation of services and confusion for the public.
The costs of licensure will
be great, and the costs of CEP services will divert money away from other health
I have said it before and I
will say it again. Exercise physiologists will not be successful until they
unite and support each other and allow EPs to make their own decisions.
"Those who forget their past are destined to repeat it." --Robert A.
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A.) This is a difficult question that depends
partly on where one lives and how her/ his state handles nutrition licensure.
The issue is also clouded by overlapping scopes of practice between exercise
physiology and dietetics (among other professions). The responsible answer, that
is also legally monitored in most states, would be "no", an exercise science
person per se should not practice nutrition with patients and clients. That is,
unless the student or graduate is also a registered dietitian (RD), holding
state licensure in nutrition/ dietetics.
You see, unlike exercise-related
professions, nutrition has a largely unified "voice" from an exclusive
national organization, to lobbyists, to spokespersons, to political
activists. Its practice and profession outside of academic research is well
established. [Ed. Note: Also see "Licensure Update" by Matt Wattles in this
issue.] This leads to governmental enforcement and even misdemeanor charges
against unlicensed professionals who attempt prescriptive nutrition planning,
assessments, etc. in states with licensure. Interestingly, most states
recognize the risk of public harm from unqualified nutrition advice, even as
they fail to formally recognize potential harm from unqualified exercise
advice. Can you think of any examples of exercise-related harm to the
public? Many exercise physiologists surely can!
Some states do allow for nutrition advice
from non-licensed, non-RD's and these states and provinces have become the
residence of a number of exercise science graduates who opt to enter nutrition
as a profession. Whether this is professionally responsible is related to
whether the person has been trained in core competencies in her/ his coursework
and internship experiences and is an ongoing debate.
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LifeStyle Management, located in Minneapolis, MN,
has a full-time position available for an experienced and degreed professional
in exercise physiology and/or athletic training. This position would require
travel to alternate LifeStyle managed sites. LifeStyle Management is a
progressive medically based company with multiple private/corporate sites.
Excellent technical, customer service, organizational, and computer skills are a
must. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience in personal training
and a certification by ASEP, ACSM, NSCA, NATA, or NASM. This position offers
advancement based upon performance. Interested professionals
should contact Patrick Ayres at 612-332-2292 x440 for more information or
forward resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come discover why Forsyth Medical Center has been recognized for making
the life/work balance easier for its employees. Our location of Winston-Salem,
North Carolina, offers a unique blend of history, culture, and outdoor beauty.
We are seeking an EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST to join our Preventative Cardiology
The selected candidate will be responsible developing and
implementing exercise prescriptions under the direction of the Medical Director.
Duties include providing instructional assistance in accordance with proper
exercise techniques, the individual exercise prescription, and the medical
Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology required; Masters preferred.
Must have experience with exercise training programs, preferably in cardiac
Forsyth Medical Center offers competitive salaries and
benefits. Interested candidates, please contact Eunice Barrineau at Toll Free:
1-800-777-1876 or Email: email@example.com. You
may also apply online at www.forsythmedicalcenter.org.
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing diversity in the
University of North Florida, Department of
The University of North Florida, Department of Public Health, is
seeking applicants for a tenure-track, nine month Assistant Professor
position #32276R in the Public Health program. Responsibilities include
teaching, research and service. Required qualifications are: PhD in exercise
physiology or a closely related field with formal training in a public
discipline; OR a PhD in a Public Health discipline with a Master's degree in
Exercise Physiology or a closely related field; and a record of achievement in,
or potential for, successful teaching and developing an extramurally funded
Applicants must apply online at http://www.unfjobs.org
and must upload all required documents to be considered for this position.
Applicants who do not apply on-line or do not upload all the required
documentation will not be considered for this position. Only those candidates
who are invited to an on-campus interview must mail official transcripts and
original letters of reference.
Application deadline date: January 16, 2006.
UNF is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action
Exercise Physiologist - Kosciusko Community
At Kosciusko Community Hospital our goal is to provide
customer service that exceeds the expectations of patients, physicians and the
community. If you are committed to the same expectations then we are currently
seeking you as a new team member.
currently has an opening in its Wellness Center for An experienced Exercise
Physiologist. The successful candidates will posses a Bachelors degree in
Exercise Physiology and three to six months experience preferably in a Hospital
Cardiac Rehab program. ASEP certification is preferred.
KCH offers a
competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified candidate may submit a resume
or application to:
Kosciusko Community Hospital
2101 East DuBois
Warsaw, Indiana 46580
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility seeks a
Director of Exercise Physiology interested in working in a leading
rehabilitation center to play a vital role in the successful rehabilitation of
our cardiac and general rehabilitation patients. Hands-on responsibilities
include patient evaluations, exercise stress testing, risk factor management and
exercise training. Working closely with our Cardiology, Immunology and Neurology
Departments to perform complex cardiopulmonary stress testing, pulmonary stress
testing, spirometry and bronchospasm evaluations, also opens the door to
research and education endeavors which our institution finds important to remain
in the forefront of rehabilitation services.
The successful candidate
must have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology or closely related field,
strong analytical skills and a minimum of one year of clinical experience in a
hospital or cardiac rehabilitation setting. BLS or ACLS certification is
Located on beautiful Roosevelt Island in New York City, the
facility is easily accessible from the five boroughs by subway, bus or car and
provides free parking. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent benefits
package including an on-site health club. For immediate consideration, please
send your resume to:
Human Resources Department
Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
One Main Street
Fax: (212) 318-4464
Opportunity Employer M/F
Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology at
The Department of Biological Sciences and the Exercise Biology
Laboratory at Wright State University are now accepting applications for an
Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology. The successful candidate will
assist in teaching biomechanics, exercise physiology, and/or clinical exercise
physiology to undergraduates and M.S. students in the departments program in
Exercise Biology. There are opportunities for research collaboration with
faculty in the areas of organismal and cellular aspects of animal and
neuromuscular physiology, both in Biological Sciences and in departments
affiliated with Wright States School of Medicine.
include the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program, Biomedical
Sciences Ph.D. program, Biological Sciences M.S. program, and Microbiology and
Immunology M.S. program. Resources in support of research include a Genomics
Core Facility, a modern animal care facility, Brehm Analytical Laboratory, a
greenhouse, and an on-campus Biology Preserve and neighboring wetlands. There
are also opportunities for collaboration in the Dayton area with numerous
research institutions including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Successful candidates are expected to have a doctorate by start date and
sufficient research experience to establish and maintain an independent,
extramurally funded research program. Competitive start-up packages will be
tailored to individual needs. WSU has 17,000 undergraduate and graduate
students, and the department graduates approximately 150 students per year.
Appointment at the Associate level will require meeting the criteria in the
Department Bylaws. Send CV with statement of research and teaching interests,
and names and contact information for three references to:
Department of Biological Sciences
Wright State University,
Dayton OH 45435-0001
Electronic applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applicants
will begin November 1, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.
The Exercise Biology program web site may be visited at http://www.wright.edu/biology/programs/exercise/
Wright State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment
Yavapai Regional Medical
We currently have two Exercise Physiologist
positions available in our Preventive Medicine department. Preventive Medicine
is a high functioning team of professionals dedicated to reducing chronic
disease or the progression of disease. The department provides cardiac
rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, adult fitness, diabetes education,
employee health and wellness services, and other community minded health related
programs. Staff includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory
therapists, dietitians, and a medical director all dedicated to providing high
quality services in state of the art facilities.
You must have a Bachelor
or Masters degree in exercise science and be certified ACSM-RCEP or
ACSM-Exercise Specialist. A minimum of three years experience working as an
exercise physiologist in the cardiac rehab setting is also required. Yavapai
Regional Medical Center offers:
* Attractive Salaries
* 5% Retirement match
* Benefits begin 1st of the month
following start date
* Much more
For more information or to apply,
please visit: www.yrmc.org or send
your resume to:
Yavapai Regional Medical Center
1003 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301
Fax: (928) 771-5755
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