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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

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Live In Person Live Webcast (Virtual) On Demand
Hands-on experience
Interaction with other attendees
Questions answered in real-time
Receive CEUs/Contact Hours
Immediate access to all course materials
View from home or office
Immediately able to start course
Complete course at your own pace

Our Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation 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 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!

Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  • 15:1student 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 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

Course Instructor

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 P3880.

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!

What People Say About Us

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

Diane Barrickman
ATTACHI Physical Therapy

Jim's education, experience, and teaching skills provide the very best in learning and practical application. The information was excellent and useful.

Bradley Kenny, Chiropractor
Aurora

Thank you for a very informative and practical course on pre-placement post-offer screenings! I appreciated the extensive knowledge, expertise, and ability to adjust/tailor the course to the individual needs of attendees. The format allowed those new to the subject and the "seasoned" practitioner to gain very useful and current information. I hope to attend future classes and highly recommend this course to others who may be interested in this topic.

Kathy Wolf, OTR, CRC
Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Jim Mecham was very enjoyable and modified the course to fit our knowledge base!

Brenda Castellano, PTA
Ministry Health Care St. Joseph's

I was apprehensive about taking the course online, but I was engaged the entire time and I don't feel like I missed out on anything but networking with those who would have been my classmates. Excellent job to Jim and the editors who put it together.

Elena Vega, LVN
CP Kelco

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

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 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 a demand for FCEs to be done in my area and will benefit from having knowledge of the FCE process and software. They will make the process quicker and more professional in appearance.

Jeffrey Eckert, PT, DPT, SCS, CWcHP
Full Range PT

Jim made watching the course On Demand very interesting and was able to maintain attention through interaction with everyone in the room. Keep doing exactly what you've been doing because I thought it was great!

Joshua Dahl, MS, ATC
Winona Health

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

Blake Alvey, MS, OTR/L

Jim Mecham is one of the best instructors I have heard! He had a very kind, comprehensive and thorough approach, mixed with a little humor that kept the attention of the class.

Sherry Haupt, DPT
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