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Advanced Functional Capacity
Evaluation Training Course

"The Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Course provides excellent information with regard to research to support your testing. This course is a must for anyone performing FCEs."
Don Harrison, JR MS, ATC, CFCE – Magnolia Regional Health Center

Our Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Course is designed for rehab professionals who have experience performing FCEs and are interested in the latest evidence-based research. This training course goes above and beyond a traditional FCE course and will discuss the upcoming APTA/AOTA FCE best practice guidelines, legal precedent concerning FCEs, and recent/important government legislation to help you vault yourself into an expert in FCEs. Upon course completion, you will understand best practice guidelines and be deemed an expert in the performance and documentation of functional capacity evaluations and may apply for CFCE Certification!

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Course Overview

Who Should Attend:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Kinesiologistst
  • Allied Health Professionals

Education Level:

  • Advanced
  • Previous FCE training required
  • 15:1student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs:

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Work
  • 12 hours (2 days)
  • 1.2 AOTA CEUs

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and select the most accepted evidence based FCE testing methodologies within literature
  • Describe and compare the pros and cons of using a kinesiophysical approach, a psychophysical approach, or a combination of both approaches
  • Compose and document advanced FCE testing methods to make sure your specific test is valid, reliable, and evidence-based
  • Summarize and interpret the implication of the Daubert Standard/Frye Standard and how to exceed these standards within your practice
  • Prepare objective documentation techniques that take your FCE tests to the highest of documentation standards
  • Compare and analyze the latest performance techniques from FCE industry leaders
  • Evaluate and consider in-house testing methodologies and commercially-based FCE testing methodologies to determine which have the most/least peer reviewed and published, reliable, and valid research
  • Apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator by obtaining a CFCE Certification

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Explore the differences between kinesiophysical/psychophysical FCEs, various philosophies/methodologies, FCE clinical stands, and general practices
  • Discuss research associated with the early stages of a FCE you performed including the various methods of gathering sitting and standing abilities
  • Define 3 trial grip, five span grip, rapid exchange grip, coefficient of variation, and tests of hand dexterity
  • Explore and define evidence based methodologies to determine a client’s ability to perform occasional and frequent material handling

Day Two:

  • Discuss implications for hiring, return-to-work, and FCEs associated with the ADA, ADAAA, FMLA, EEOC and workers' compensation
  • Understand Dauber versus Frye and rules for admissibility of evidence
  • Look into recent and important court decisions associated with FCEs including Indregard v. Georgia Pacific, Goodyear
  • Discuss how to prepare for expert testimony in deposition or trial/how to critique opposing functional capacity reports

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Course Approval

Approved Provider of Continuing Education Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer

We are an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Approved provider status demonstrates our commitment to meeting established AOTA criteria and guidelines for the development and delivery of quality education activities. Organizations that are AOTA Approved Providers have demonstrated a strong commitment in meeting the needs of occupational therapists and assistants in regards to ongoing learning and professional development.

We are recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer training courses to certified athletic trainers. Every course we offer is approved for continuing education units (CEUs) as defined by the BOC for certified athletic trainers. Our BOC approved provider number is P33880.

For your convenience, we have obtained physical therapy approval in many of the 50 states. If your state does not have approval at the time of your course purchase, we will get approval in your state for your chosen course. Please contact us for a full and current list of approved states!

Why OccuPro?

With 30+ years of experience performing functional capacity evaluations, and years involved in research, court cases, and depositions, our training instructors go above and beyond the basic FCE testing protocols and dive deep into the research. You will leave this course with a wealth of knowledge and can be deemed experts in performing functional capacity evaluations.

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For additional information, please contact us at 1-866-470-4440 or info@occupro.net.

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What People Say About Us

I had never done an On Demand course before and to be honest thought it would be difficult to sit through. The course exceeded all expectations. Jim was very captivating, interesting, and to the point. He even has a great laugh!

Maria McInnis, Registered Kinesiologist
Manitoulin Health Centre

The course was easy to follow, had lots of vital info, and taught me the dos and don'ts. Also, the On Demand format allowed me to watch from my couch! I provided great snack foods for myself!

Michael REnfro
Catalyst Sports Medicine

Great course! Jim presented well, was informed on topic, and provided very detailed personal experiences that aided in the course.

Kyle Kleppinger, ATC, LAT
Industry Health Solutions

I have practiced for 29 years and have taken a lot of courses. This On Demand course kept my interest and was not difficult to complete.

Donna Klardie
St. Luke's University Health Network

This was my first On Demand course and I liked it. I appreciated that Jim was mindful of the fact that he was on video. It is nice to be able to pause and repeat the information as needed.

Susan Hardesty, MS, OTR
Eskenazi Health

Jim Mecham and Vic Zucccarello were very prepared, knowledgeable, and complemented each other well. 

Trevor Harbin, OTR/L
Ortho Georgia

Great program. It was just like being there in person minus the airfare and hotel cost. I highly recommend!

Lynda White, PT, MBA
MVP Physical Therapy

Jim was down to earth, personable, and very professional. He was able to relax the class and got everyone to participate.

Woodraw Hepler
Arkansas Department of Corrections

The course exceeded my expectations! I was never bored, time went fast, the material provided was great and Jim Mecham was wonderful in all aspects. Best instructor I have had in a course.

Melody Jacobs
Osceola Medical Center

OccuPro is an awesome resource and their customer service is impeccable!

Blake Alvey, MS, OTR/L

Jim Mecham had an awesome personality, explained topics clearly, and answered all questions positively!

Jessica Haaf, DPT
AquaCare Rehabilitation

The course definitely exceeded my expectations. Jim was excellent, extremely knowledgable, and very helpful.

Diane Barrickman
ATTACHI Physical Therapy
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