Who Will I Be Working With?
A qualified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (C.E.P.) is a healthcare professional that has earned a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, or a related field, from an accredited college and pass a National Certification Examination. Exercise Physiologists assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.In addition to prescribing and supervising exercise; CEP’s study the effects of exercise on aging, pathology, and the mechanisms by which exercise may reduce or reverse disease progression.
A Physical Therapist (P.T.) is a licensed healthcare professional who has earned a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited college that helps injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical Therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury”. PT’s are necessary to provide rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention programs for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. PT's are necessary to provide rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention programs for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. All states require Physical Therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination.
A Respiratory Therapist (R.T.) is a healthcare professional that cares for patients who have trouble breathing from a chronic respiratory disease, such as COPD, asthma or emphysema. Respiratory Therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders, assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records, and operate equipment. All states require RT’s to be licensed, except Alaska. Licensure requirements in most states include passing The National Board for Respiratory Care Certification Examination. To obtain such a license, one must earn a minimum of an Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited college.