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January 2007; Vol. 11 No. 1   
 Editor: Dr. Lonnie Lowery

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Editorial: Licensure Update
Matt Wattles, MA, ASEP Board of Directors, Past President ASEP

If you read my editorial in February of 2006, you would recall that The Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists (MACEP) was attempting to pass House Bill # 3950 which would license exercise physiologists in the state of Massachusetts. In this editorial, Ill give you an update on that bill.

In March, 2006, the Committee held an Executive Session and voted to send the bill to study. 140 public health committee bills were decided on in that same executive session. 80 of the bills received "favorable" votes, 3 were reassigned to different committees and the rest (approx 57) received a "sent to study" vote. Shortly after, MACEP was told that their bill was not approved because it would create a brand new licensure board. The legislature was not willing to support unfunded initiatives at this point.

In spite of the vote, the MACEP Executive Board members felt good about what they had accomplished. They believe they had a successful hearing with a very strong show of support; they created a written testimony binder that we can share with others and use again; finally, they met with each committee member and learned many lessons about the process which will benefit us in the future.

I give MACEP credit for all their hard work in writing this bill and then bringing it forward in the legislature. What I do not understand is why they chose to include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as part of licensure requirements. 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. According to ACSMs site there are only 29 RCEPs in the entire state of Massachusetts: 

EP licensure attempts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and Massachusetts have all rallied behind issues that kept these organizations from being successful. In each case, the groups of EPs did not work on building a profession before attempting licensure. Why did each of these organizations believe that it was a good idea to utilize the services of a multi-disciplinary organization such as ACSM when trying to attempting to seek licensure? 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. These groups need to affiliate with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP), the only national governing body exclusive to profession and spend time developing their profession before attempting licensure. No other licensed health care provider has every gained licensure without the support of a national governing body exclusive to profession. Even if EPs are successful in licensure outside of the profession, as was the case of Louisiana, it does not mean that it will be good or beneficial to anyone.

Currently the biggest threat to exercise physiologists is not other professions but other EPs themselves. If EPs do not unite behind one national governing body exclusive to the profession, we will never find professional success.

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Question: Hey! You updated [recreated] the entire ASEP web site. Why?  

Answer:  [From the ASEP Home Page...] "The new ASEP website has been created as a professional reference source for exercise physiologists and their students. It provides an overview of major ideas related to the multidimensional concept of professionalism. Each major section heading includes important topics and content that underpins the development of exercise physiologists as healthcare professionals.

One of the most important features of this website is the exposure to and integration of the exercise physiology research published in JEPonline. The objective to broaden the professionalism perspectives and expose students and others to a much wider range of professional thinking and resources is carried out through the efforts of the ASEPNewsletter and PEPonline."

Stay tuned as the new ASEP web site continues to fill-in with new and different content while keeping the same passionate tone. Enjoy the FREE and OPEN SOURCE information brought to you by an expanded group of dedicated exercise physiologists who care about what EPs do after graduation. 


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