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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher Madden, BS. MD(University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Description: This ACSM study guide is a good overview of general information and test material for two ACSM Clinical Track Certifications designed to test competency in knowledge, skills, and abilities found in the 5th edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (ACSM, 1995).
Purpose: The book is designed to be a study guide for those individuals preparing to take the ACSM Exercise Specialist or Program Director certification exams. Relevant information about workshops, certification requirements, and format for the written and practical exams is outlined.
Audience: The intended audience includes professionals preparing to take the certification exam for the ACSM Exercise Specialist or Program Director certification.
Features: The author starts with a general review of the certification process for both tracks. The book is then divided into two major sections, each covering a different Clinical Track. Prerequisites for each certification are carefully reviewed, the written examination is adequately described, and sample exam questions briefly review types of questions asked and subject areas represented by the appropriate KSA's from the 5th edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. This is followed by a concise description of the practical exam supplemented by a sample case study in each section.
Assessment: The ACSM does a thorough job of outlining both the process and content of these two important Clinical Track Certifications in this guide. The exam questions are well written and briefly cover a broad spectrum of material. The sample cases allow the reviewer to work through important thought processes and set the stage for the upcoming exam. The guide will serve as a useful tool for anyone preparing to take the above ACSM certification exams.