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."

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Questions answered in real-time
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Complete course at your own pace

Learning Outcomes

Our Advanced FCE Course is designed for 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 by discussing upcoming APTA/AOTA FCE best practice guidelines, legal precedent concerning FCEs, and important government legislation to help you vault yourself into an expert in FCEs. Learning outcomes include:

  • Identify and select the most accepted 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

Who Should Attend

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Kinesiologists
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Professionals

Education Level

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

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs

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

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full two days of training
  • Demonstration of current evidence-based FCE testing methodology comprehension
  • Participation in the FCE case reviews
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Explore the differences between kinesiophysical/psychophysical functional capacity evaluations, 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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Approved for Occupational Therapists

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.

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Approved for Athletic Trainers

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 P3880.

What People Say About Us

The course was very educational but not in a stiff classroom way. It was relaxed and I felt very at easy. Jim Mecham took the time to explain anything you didn't understand.

Peggy Guertin, LPN
Ethan Allen

I expected this course to be a dry, textbook, distance learning experience, however, with the actual video feed of the course, I was able to visually learn like I was there! Many of my questions were fulfilled by the video portions.

Stephanie May
Therapeutic Destinations, Inc.

I enjoyed the ability to ask questions specific to my work situation and getting feedback on how to apply information learned in the course.

Rainene Miller, CMT
Dorn Companies

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

I could tell that Jim is an expert in this field. Him and his staff are very approachable and responsive to any questions or concerns and seem to always go above and beyond in helping us. Great company to work with!

Jean Dutton, MS, LAT
Mile Bluff Medical Center

I like the laid back discussions and small group interactions. I was able to learn a lot from everyone in the classroom. I was able to implement the research from the class into my practice right away.

John Miller, MS, ATC, CWCE, CRC
Ortho Carolina

Jim was very professional and business like. He was able to reach out to the class and create class participation. Jim being down to earth really relaxed the class! 

Woodrew F. Hepler
Arkansas Dept. of Corrections

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

Trevor Harbin, OTR/L
Ortho Georgia

I normally struggle doing continuing education via On Demand formats. However, the information and presentation method with OccuPro was engaging and very helpful. Nice job, Jim!

Jeffrey Johnson, MA, ATC
BTE Technologies

I have taken several courses with OccuPro over the years. Having the course material and being able to revisit it online when I need to is the MAJOR differentiator from other competitors and other systems.

Bays Gibson, PT, Clinic Director
Lucas Therapies

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

Jim Mecham was the course instructor for the On Demand course. He is a very good speaker, very relaxed ,and very knowledgeable. He made a 7-hour video very tolerable.

David Velasco
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