ACSM Approval for UK BSc Programmes

The ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) qualification will set your graduates apart from other Exercise Science graduates making your degree programme more attractive to potential students.

To be eligible to take the ACSM-EP candidates need to provide evidence they have studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology. This programme needs to have covered certain topics which it is usually up to the students themselves to come up with.

But if the university themselves pre-approve the programme with HFI Training you students can gain direct access to this prestigious qualification. This advantage will be a great selling point for your degree programme.

To check if your programme covers the required content, please check below:

Degree requirements for the ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification (ACSM-EP)

The academic eligibility requirement to take the ACSM-EP exam is a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in exercise science, or equivalent. Candidates are eligible to take the examination in the last semester of their degree program.

An equivalent major refers to the completion of a degree which includes, at minimum, the following: A minimum of 21 semester or 28 quarter hours of exercise science courses that clearly identifies the following content:

• Exercise Physiology (this should be, at minimum, a 3.0 credit stand-alone course, or equivalent)

• Strength and Conditioning (course[s] should include principles of strength and conditioning, not simply a 1 credit hour activity course on strength training.)

• Applied Kinesiology or Biomechanics

• Anatomy and Physiology (this could be either a combined course or separate courses)

• Exercise Testing and Prescription (course[s] should include exercise testing and prescription for healthy populations and special considerations such as children, older adults, pregnancy, diseased populations, etc.) • Special populations (course[s] should include pathophysiology on a range of conditions, including CVD, pulmonary, metabolic, older adults, pregnancy, etc.)

• Health Risk Appraisal (course[s] should include information on risk stratification or classification given a variety of health conditions.)

*There is no petitioning process for non-exercise science based degree programs nor consideration made for past experience. You must meet the above criteria.

Contact Alison Hall at HFI for further details.