We appreciate the counterpoint provided by Dr Brawner; several of his highlighted points will be used to refine the development of the DCEP program and accumulate data from future graduates to provide greater clarity on employment, compensation, and clinical efficacy. It was also encouraging for us to read that many of Dr Brawner's points were similar to hesitations initially expressed by physical therapists (PTs) before and during transition to the professional doctorate of PT (DPT), which is now widely recognized to have elevated their professional status and ability to effectively and efficiently deliver services (1,2). In fact, many parallels can be drawn between the professional limitations faced by PTs before the creation of the DPT and today's clinical exercise physiologists (CEP). Prior to the DPT, the minimal entry level degree needed to practice as a PT was either...

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