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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."

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Questions answered in real-time
Receive CEUs/Contact Hours
Immediate access to all course materials
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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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Course Approval

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Approved for Physical Therapists

For your convenience, we have obtained physical therapy approval in many of the 50 states. Please contact us for a full and current list of courses approved in your state!

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Approved for Occupational Therapists

OccuPro is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 6012. This Live in Person, Live Webcast, and On Demand format is offered at 1.2 CEUs and is an advanced education level course in the OT Domain of Work. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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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

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

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 Mecham was very good! He was easy to understand, provided great PT examples, and related the material to rehab practices, which made the course very interesting.

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The On Demand course format option allowed me to stop and restart as needed, as well as walk on the treadmill as I learned!

Mary Ann Ceasar, OTR/L
Ergo Process, Inc.

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

Exceptional as always! Jim is a wealth of knowledge and based on his presentations you know he continues to review the latest research, literature, and incorporates it into the lectures and software.

Karen Spiecher, OTR/L
Physiotherapy Associates

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

The course was great. I loved the material and Jim presented in such an easy-to-follow, easy-to-learn platform. Very conducive to learning and applying to your practice.

Lauren Larkey, PT, MTC, CEAS I
BenchMark Rehab Partners

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

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

I learned a lot in this course and it was presented well and easy to understand.

Alisha Takahashi, PT, DPT
Spectrum Physical Therapy

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