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Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist

The Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist (PRCS) is for the fitness professional looking to offer conditioning to clients with medical conditions. This is an entry-level certification obtained through the Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist Track. The concepts and guidelines in this certification will prepare you to begin offering safe and effective exercise programs for clients with more than 30 medical conditions after discharge from physical therapy. If you want to get started in medical exercise training but its not your specialty, the PRCS program is for you.

Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist Certification
Certification Details

The Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist (PRCS) is our entry-level post rehab certification obtained through the Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist Track through the Medical Exercise Specialist Training Series. The PRCS certification was developed by the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) in 1997.

The PRCS certification is for the fitness professional looking to offer services to medical exercise clients. The PRCS works with clients with medical conditions after their discharge from physical therapy or chiropractic. PRCS’ typically work in health clubs, personal training studios, physical therapy and chiropractic clinics, and sports medicine centers, as well as in clients’ homes.

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
  • Complete the Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist Track
  • Perform ten (10) hours of observation in a physical therapy, sportsmed or chiropractic clinic prior to taking the PRCS exam
  • Pass Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist exam with a score of 80% or better
  • PRCS certification must be renewed every two years by completing 10 hours of post rehab related courses taught by a licensed medical professional
PRCS 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 Case Studies of the Shoulder
Session 10Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
Session 11Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
Session 12Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Lumbar Spine Pt 1
Session 13Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Lumbar Spine Pt 2
Session 14Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Lumbar Spine – Pt 1
Session 15Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Lumbar Spine – Pt 2
Session 16Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Cervical Spine
Session 17Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Hip
Session 18Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Hip
Session 19Clinical Anatomy/Pathology for the Knee
Session 20Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Knee - Pt 1
Session 21Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines for the Knee - Pt 2
Session 22Clinical Anatomy/Pathology of the Ankle/Foot
Session 23Medical Exercise Protocols/Guidelines of the Ankle/Foot
Session 24Medical Exercise Management of Diabetes
Session 25Medical Exercise Management of Hypertension
Session 26Medical Exercise Management of CVA, MS, and Parkinson’s disease
Session 27Medical Exercise Management of Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Fibromyalgia
Session 28Musculoskeletal Screening
Session 29Functional Assessment Scales
Session 30Medical Exercise Skills Checklist
Session 31Multiple Streams of Medical Exercise Income
Session 32MES/PRCS Exam Review and Procedures
Session 33Medical Exercise Training.....The New Modality

Register for the PRCS Track

Accelerated
1 time payment of $597.00 USD
Standard
6 monthly payments of $99.50 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 PRCS certification.

What will I learn in the PRCS Track?

  • Develop post rehab services for over 20 medical conditions including diabetes; hypertension; lumbar disc herniation (back pain); osteoarthritis; shoulder impingement; total hip or total knee replacement and many others.
  • Perform a 12-point musculoskeletal screening on the post rehab client.
  • Understand the basic anatomy and pathology for the conditions found in the upper and lower extremity, spine and as well as other common medical conditions.
  • Understand the impact of exercise on common medical conditions.
  • Understand the role and scope of practice for the fitness professional when working with post rehab and medical exercise clients.
  • Identify red flags and warning signs that indicate the client is in need of evaluation or treatment from a licensed medical professional.
  • Develop an effective post rehab-marketing program to establish relationships with medical professionals in your local community.

How do I complete the PRCS Track?

Here’s how it works – the PRCS Track consists of 33 lessons. Each lesson has an accompanying video, lesson guide and a lesson quiz. Simple download each component of the lesson, review the lesson, complete the quiz, and submit your answers via email. If you select the “Standard PRCS option, each week you will receive a new PRCS lesson. If you opt for the Accelerated PRCS option you can download all 33 lessons immediately and later take the final PRCS exam. The PRCS exam is included in your registration fee.

What conditions are certified PRCS trained to provide post rehab services for?

Achilles Tendon RuptureCerebrovascular AccidentShoulder Impingement
Rheumatoid ArthritisRotator Cuff TearOsteoarthritis
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeFibromyalgiaKnee Meniscal Tear
ACL ReconstructionCervical StrainLumbar Disc Herniation
Total Shoulder ReplacementTotal Hip ReplacementTotal Knee Replacement
HypertensionOsteoporosisDiabetes
Multiple SclerosisPatellofemoral SyndromeDJD
OsteoporosisHypertensionCervical Disc Herniation

What conditions are certified PRCS trained to provide post rehab services for?

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Knee Meniscal Tear
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Cervical Strain
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Patello-Femoral Syndrome
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • DJD

Should I get PRCS certified?

YES! The PRCS certification is recommended for the fitness professional that wants to begin offering post rehab services but not as an area of primary specialization. Simply stated, the PRCS certification is for YOU if you’re looking to increase your client base. Click the button above to register for the Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist Track of the MEST Series or contact us.

How do I register for the PRCS Track?

The PRCS Track is available now just click the button below with the best option for you!! Become part of the fastest growing arena in the health and fitness industry…Post Rehab Fitness. Remember…”Exercise is Key to Long-Term Management of Most Medical Conditions”. Register now and start building your PRCS practice while you help your clients function better with less pain and allow you to connect with medical professionals in your community. All this from the Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist Track!!
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