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Medical Exercise Specialist

As a Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) you will learn to develop safe and effective exercise programs for clients with cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic and musculoskeletal disorders after discharge from physical therapy or chiropractic care. The MES Track reviews every aspect of clinical anatomy/pathology, medical exercise development and assessment guidelines for more than 60 medical conditions. The MES track reviews everything you need to “Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare and Fitness”.

Medical Exercise Specialist Certification

MES Options

Certification Details

The METI – Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) was established in July 1994 by the Medical Exercise Training Institute. This was the first certification specifically to “Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare and Fitness”. The Medical Exercise Specialist is a fitness professional with the knowledge and skills to develop safe and effective exercise programs for clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurological disorders. MESs are found working on hospital-based wellness and fitness centers, corporate fitness centers, physical therapy clinics, chiropractic offices, health clubs, gyms, personal training studios and in clients’ homes. But the MES is not trained to offer any professional rehab services provided by licensed physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapist and/or physicians.

Certification Prerequisites

To enroll in the MES or PRCS certification you must possess ONLY ONE of these four prerequisites:

  • Certification as a personal trainer from a nationally recognized organization in your country or
  • Hold a degree in a health or fitness related field. (i.e. exercise physiology, kinesiology or nursing) or
  • Have one (1) or more years’ experience working in a physical therapy, chiropractic or sports medicine clinic as a rehab/exercise technician or
  • Hold a certification as a Pilates instructor or massage therapist.

Only one of these prerequisites is required to enroll in the MES or PRCS.

Certification Requirements
  1. Complete the Medical Exercise Specialist workshop using the MES Online Lessons, MES Study Group or MES On-site Workshop.
  2. Complete 10 observation hours in physical therapy, chiropractic, sports medicine or rehab facility prior to the MES exam.
  3. Pass both written and practical portions of the MES final exam with a score of 80% or better.
  4. MES certification must be renewed every two years by completing 10 hours of medical exercise related coursework taught by a licensed medical professional.
MES Sessions
SessionTopic
Session 1Medical Exercise Opportunities, Income and the Future
Session 2Scope of Practice and Role of the MES and PRCS
Session 3Medical Exercise Foundations – Pt I
Session 4Medical Exercise Foundations – Pt 2
Session 56 Keys to Medical Exercise Program Design
Session 6Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Shoulder
Session 7Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines of the Shoulder – Pt 1
Session 8Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines of the Shoulder – Pt 2
Session 9Medical Exercise Screening of the Shoulder
Session 10Medical Exercise Case Studies of the Shoulder
Session 11Medical Exercise Techniques for the Shoulder
Session 12Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
Session 13Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
Session 14Medical Exercise Screening of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand
Session 15Medical Exercise Techniques for the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
Session 16Medical Exercise Case Studies of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
Session 17Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Lumbar Spine
Session 18Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Lumbar Spine – Pt 2
Session 18AMedical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Lumbar Spine – Pt 2
Session 18BMedical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Cervical Spine
Session 19Medical Exercise Screening of the Lumbar Spine
Session 20Medical Exercise Techniques for the Lumbar Spine
Session 21Medical Exercise Case Studies for the Lumbar Spine
Session 22Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Hip
Session 23Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Hip
Session 24Medical Exercise Screening for the Hip
Session 25Medical Exercise Techniques for the Hip
Session 26Medical Exercise Case Studies for the Hip
Session 27Clinical Anatomy/Pathology for the Knee
Session 28Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Knee
Session 29Medical Exercise Screening for the Knee
Session 30Medical Exercise Techniques for the Knee
Session 31Medical Exercise Case Studies for the Knee
Session 32Clinical Anatomy/Pathology of the Ankle/Foot
Session 33Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines of the Ankle/Foot
Session 34Medical Exercise Techniques for the Ankle/Foot
Session 35Medical Exercise Screening Foot/Ankle
Session 36Medical Exercise Case Studies Foot/Ankle
Session 37Medical Exercise Management of Diabetes
Session 38Medical Exercise Management of Hypertension
Session 39Medical Exercise Management of CVA, MS, and Parkinson’s disease
Session 40Medical Exercise Management of Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Fibromyalgia
Session 41Medical Communication – Report Writing, Documentation, and Medical Terminology
Session 42Musculoskeletal Screening
Session 43Functional Assessment Scales
Session 44Medical Exercise Skills Checklist
Session 45Medical Exercise Equipment, Staffing and Education
Session 46Keys to Building a Profitable and Successful Post Rehab Practice
Session 47Marketing Your Medical Exercise Practice
Session 48Medical Exercise Profits – Referrals, Fees & Insurance Reimbursement
Session 49Multiple Streams of Medical Exercise Income
Session 50MES/PRCS Exam Review and Procedures
Bonus Lesson 1MET Pre-Exercise Checklist (MES Accelerated Bonus)
Bonus Lesson 2Post Rehab Exercise Techniques – (MES Accelerated Bonus)
Bonus Lesson 3Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Techniques– (MES Accelerated Bonus)
Bonus Lesson 4Spinal Stabilization Assessment & Techniques – (MES Accelerated Bonus)

Register for the MES Track

Accelerated
1 time payment of $995.00 USD
Standard
10 monthly payments of $99.00 USD

METI Mission Statement

To "Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare and Fitness" by providing forums to educate fitness professionals to work cooperatively with medical professionals to develop safe and effective fitness and conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, neurological, metabolic and cardiovascular conditions. The effectiveness of these fitness programs is based on functional outcome measures universally understood by medical professionals, fitness professionals and insurance carriers. The goal is to make medical exercise training the next logical step for clients and medical professionals after discharge from physical therapy, chiropractic care and medical care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the MES certification.

As a Medical Exercise Specialist, what can I do?

  • Every skill learned noted in the PRCS program as well as;
  • Communicate effectively with medical professionals and insurance carrier;.
  • Identify the red flags and warning signs indicating th client needs evaluation and treatment from licensed medical professionals;
  • Document both assessment and training sessions using standardized medical exercise administrative forms and methods;
  • Perform a functional assessment on the medical exercise client to determine the client’s functional abilities as a measure of the effectiveness of the exercise program;
  • Develop an effective marketing program to establish relationships with medical professionals in the local community;
  • Understand the role and scope of practice for the Medical Exercise Specialist and
  • Apply safe and effective medical exercise techniques for the upper extremity, lower extremity, cervical and lumbar spines and organ systems.

How do I obtain the MES certification?

  1. The Medical Exercise Specialist Online Training (MEST) – this is for the self-paced learner. Our MES online training allows you the flexibility to obtain the knowledge and skill to manage medical exercise clients and build a successful practice. The option gives you immediate access to the 50 MEST online lessons. You have one year to complete the program and take the final MES exam.
  2. Medical Exercise Specialist Study Group (MESSG) – this option gives you immediate access to the 50 MES Online lessons as well as a structured learning schedule to help you stay on track to complete the MES program. The option uses 12 live webinars to augment the MES online lessons. We highly recommend this option to maximize your learning experience without the cost of travel.
  3. Medical Exercise Specialist 2-Day Onsite Workshop (MES On-site) – this option allows you to attend the 2-day MES workshop. At the onsite workshop you will participate in an advanced hands-on presentation of the material contained in the MES program. You also receive access to the 12 live webinars in the MES Study Group and the 50 MEST online lessons. This is the ultimate medical exercise learning experience.

The MES track is far more detailed than any other medical fitness workshops in the world. The MES certification is for the medical exercise professional working with a wide range of medical exercise clients. During the MES Onsite workshop, Dr Mike uses case studies from actual MET clients to allow you to learn application of medical exercise guidelines and protocols.

Should I become a Medical Exercise Specialist?

Absolutely! The MES certification is recommended for the fitness professional with an interest in making medical exercise training their specialty. Simply stated, the MES certification is for YOU if you are looking to increase your client base by managing medical conditions with exercise. Click the button above to register or contact us.

What are some of the conditions I will learn to work with in the MES program?

FibromyalgiaCarpal Tunnel SyndromeCerebrovascular Accident
ACL RuptureTennis ElbowAchilles Tendon Rupture
Ankle FractureLumbar Disc HerniationCervical Strain
Thoracic Outlet SyndromePatellofemoral SyndromeTotal Hip Replacement
Total Knee ReplacementRotator Cuff TearImpingement Syndrome
Knee Meniscus TearShoulder DislocationAC Joint Separation
OsteoarthritisRheumatoid ArthritisMultiple Sclerosis
OsteoporosisHypertensionCervical Disc Herniation
DiabetesPatella Tendon RuptureTotal Shoulder Replacement
LaminectomySpinal FusionSpondylolisthesis
Bicipital TendinitisMeniscus TearParkinson’s Disease
Lateral StenosisPCL RuptureTibial Plateau Fracture
Piriformis SyndromeIT Band SyndromePatellectomy
Central StenosisGlenoid Labrum TearSpinal Stenosis
Golfer’s ElbowAnkle SprainScoliosis

What are some of the conditions I will learn to work with in the MES program?

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • ACL Rupture
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Strain
  • Knee Meniscus Tear
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypertension
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Diabetes
  • Patella Tendon Rupture
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Bicipital Tendinitis
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Lateral Stenosis
  • PCL Rupture
  • Tibial Plateau Fracture
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Patellectomy
  • Central Stenosis
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Scoliosis

What is the MES Study Group?

If you prefer a structured learning environment but you are not able to travel to the MES workshop, or spend 2 days away from your clients’, then the MES Study Group (MESSG) is the best option for you. The MES Study Group offers combination the best of a live MES workshop and the MEST Series. Learn at home or in the office via detailed live sessions with the leading medical exercise educator – Dr Mike.

Here’s how the MES Study Group works … MES Study Group consists of 12 teleseminar sessions. Each session reviews a module in the MEST series. The modules are lessons from the MEST series. The MES Study Group requires a three (3) month commitment to complete all lessons and pass the MES certification exam. Study group sessions usually meet in the evenings at 9pm ET/6pm PT. You may enter the MES Study Group at anytime.

  • Register for the MES Study Group by using one of our payment options. Receive immediate access to the 50 MEST lessons the MES Study Group members area and participation in the live MES Study Group sessions. Click here for the detailed MES study group schedule and dates.
  • Access the MEST Series modules in the comfort of your home or fitness studio.
  • Participate in twelve 90-minute MES Study Group sessions. The founder and creator of the Medical Exercise Specialist certification, “Dr. Mike” will be the primary instructor for each MESSG session. Each MESSG session reviews in detail the concepts included in the MEST lessons. This will allow you to obtain the required skills and knowledge to pass the MES exam and begin “Bridging the Gap Between Healthcare and Fitness”.
  • Each 90-minute MESSG session is recorded and posted to the MES Study Group’s members’ area within 24 hours of the call. Only MES Study Group members will have access to this website. MESSG participants receive a session guide and slides handout for each session.
  • If you select the $572.50 monthly installment payment, the second payment is automatically debited to your credit card, debit card or checking account in 30 days. You are free to study and learn the latest post rehab guidelines. Register for the MES Study Group by making the first $572.50 installment. Click the button above to register.
  • Once you have completed the MES Study Group and all the MES quizzes, you are ready to schedule your final MES exam. The final exam is included in your registration fee.
  • The MES Study Group is for the serious-minded only! Once you have joined the group, absolutely no refunds! No exceptions! We aim for a 100% SUCCESS RATE!

When can I join the MES Study Group?

The MES Study Group offers rolling admissions. You may enter the study group at anytime. You do not have to wait for the beginning of the next study group to enter. Enter during any module and simply participate in the study group until you complete all the modules. You may continue indefinitely as a member of the MESSG program.

What is the MES On-site Workshop?

You may attend the MES On-Site workshop. The 2-day MES workshop is intense and goes along with our MES Study Group and the MEST series. These serve as preparation for the MES Onsite workshop. Each MES onsite participant must complete the MES Study Group. This ensures each onsite workshop participant has the necessary understanding of clinical anatomy and pathology and the Medical Exercise Foundations to understand the advanced medical exercise concepts introduced in the onsite workshop. The MES onsite reviews guidelines and strategies to manage a wide range of medical conditions using exercise. The combination of the MEST lessons, MES Study Group and the MES onsite workshop will give you all the information you need to manage a wide range of medical exercise/post rehab clients and build a successful and profitable practice.

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