Exercise is Medicine® | Exercise Prescription Essentials*
Exercise is Medicine® | Exercise Prescription Essentials*


This Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Exercise Prescription Essentials online module was developed to provide a convenient “one-stop-shop” overview of the essential exercise prescription guidelines from the 11th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and the 2018 National Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  The information is offered in a novel online platform designed to allow for a more engaging learning experience.  This module provides a foundational overview for health fitness professionals who are practicing in the field, students, or those preparing to take an ACSM certification exam. The module focuses on exercise prescription for apparently healthy individuals. Additional modules that demonstrate how to tailor an exercise prescription to various medical conditions are available in the EIM Online Course.  A helpful pdf document of the information presented is included as an adjunct to support learning.  

Learning Objectives: 

After completing the module, the learner should be able to: 

  1. Describe the physical and mental health benefits of being physically active  
  2. Understand and apply the ACSM and PAGA exercise guidelines, including the frequency, intensity, time, type and progression of PA to their sedentary clients/patients 
  3. Assist a client/patient in reducing sedentary behavior and integrating physical activity over the course of their day 

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, FNAK – Dr. Riebe is a Professor of Kinesiology and Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Riebe is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and of the National Academy of Kinesiology. She has authored over 80 scientific articles and book chapters and was the Senior Editor of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th edition. 
  • David Dunstan, PhD – Dr. Dunstan is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne Australia and is a Professorial Fellow at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Australian Catholic University), Australia. His multi-disciplinary research program has provided substantial contributions to the evidence base on the adverse health consequences of too much sitting and the potential health benefits resulting from frequently breaking up sitting time. 
  • Ashleigh Homer, PhD – Dr. Homer is a Sport & Exercise Nutritionist specializing in sedentary behavior research and a passionate advocate for cultivating healthy lifestyles with activity and nutrition. 

Technology Requirements: 

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile:?Safari in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 6 or later

To earn your CEC, you will view the course content, pass the online exam (you must earn 80% or better to pass), and print your certificate of completion. All course content will be presented to you electronically upon completion of your purchase. ACSM will not offer refunds, transfers or course credits for not completing courses prior to their expiration date or for duplicate purchases. This course expires one year after purchase date.

ACSM does not allow substitutions, refunds or credits for this course.  

For questions related to your online CEC courses or purchases, email onlinelearning@acsm.org

Membership Discount 

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