FCE + Return-to-Work + WH/WC
Certification Training Course

"If you are thinking about starting an industrial rehab program, the FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course is a great choice. Jim takes you through step-by-step on establishing your program and is there for you afterwards to help you with the challenges. I highly recommend this course."
Scott Rea – Patterson Medical

Our FCE + Return-to-Work + WH/WC Certification Course is designed for professionals who are looking to implement or enhance a full workers' comp/return-to-work rehab program. This course includes training in functional capacity evaluations, Functional Progress Notes, Functional Discharge Summaries, and work hardening/work conditioning, while using our profitable approach. Upon course completion, you will be deemed a trained evaluator and may apply for certification as a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator (CFCE Certification) or a Certified Industrial Rehab Specialist (CIRS Certification).

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Course Overview

Who Should Attend:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Allied Health Professionals

Education Level:

  • Introductory
  • No pre-requisites required
  • 15:1student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs:

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Work
  • 21.75 hours (3 days)
  • 2.1 AOTA CEUs

Learning Outcomes

  • Define how to implement the most comprehensive return-to-work rehab program
  • Explain how to generate increased workers’ compensation rehab referrals, work conditioning referrals, and increased revenue
  • Produce evidence-based, valid, and reliable return-to-work testing
  • Differentiate between return-to-work testing, work hardening/conditioning, and FCEs
  • Produce an actual FCE and specialty workers’ compensation progress note
  • Show how to become a return-to-work specialty practice
  • Implement this innovative and profitable approach in any practice
  • Verbalize strategies taught to generate more revenue evaluating and treating workers’ comp patients
  • Illustrate how to implement our return-to-work rehab philosophy
  • List principles of return-to-work rehab and documentation
  • Apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator by obtaining a CFCE Certification
  • Apply to become a Certified Industrial Rehab Specialist by obtaining a CIRS Certification

Additional Course Content

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation

    • Weigh various types of FCEs requested by referrals
    • Determine consistency of effort and reliability of pain results
    • Perform FCE musculoskeletal testing and impairment rating
    • Determine return-to-work ability during FCE performance
    • Evaluate non-material handling and upper extremity testing
    • Classify occasional, frequent, and constant material handling
    • Consider climbing, balance, sitting, and standing testing
  • Workers’ Compensation Progress Notes and Discharge Summaries

    • Apply our progress notes and turn your practice into a return-to-work specialty clinic
    • Apply skills learned through hands on implementation of these popular notes
  • Work Hardening/Conditioning Evaluation and Treatment

    • Double your referrals and learn the latest rehab techniques including evaluation, treatment planning, and daily patient progression

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Learn, discuss, and conceptualize our innovative approach to treating the injured worker including how to significantly increase referrals
  • Outline and illustrate industrial rehab definitions/foundation and gain a general knowledge of this specialized field
  • Compose and practice proper industrial rehab documentation
  • Determine and calculate sitting/standing tolerance for eight hours and use this data to determine return-to-work recommendations
  • Choose various evidence based criteria for determining if your client put forth full effort during testing and if their pain reports can be consider reliable

Day Two:

  • Demonstrate and perform grip, pinch, fine motor, and gross motor coordination, evidence based consistency of effort, and determining ability
  • Administer, evaluate, and implement various job simulation testing to increase your tests overall validity
  • Determine, perform, and calculate maximal/safe frequent lifting abilities as well as RPE vs. Heart Rate
  • Perform a full functional capacity evaluation

Day Three:

  • Introduction to Functional Progress Notes and Functional Discharge Summary and how they will increase your work comp/work conditioning patients
  • Learn how to design treatment plans, progress your patients on a day-to-day basis, bill and increase patient volume/revenue
  • Learn how to set up a treatment plan, establish goals, and progress a patient based on a case study

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?

Clinics who implement this approach have seen significant increases in revenue including:

  • 10% increase in outpatient workers' compensation revenue
  • 100% increase in work hardening/work conditioning revenue
  • 275% increase in productivity revenue
  • 400% increase in overall industrial rehab revenue

Request Information

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

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What People Say About Us

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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I took the On Demand course and felt the information was well presented, organized, and the methods are easy to follow. I am looking forward to putting what I have learned into our practice. 

Alfonso Garcia, PT, OCS
Tri-Physical Therapy & Wellness Center

I thoroughly enjoyed Eric's level of enthusiasm and knowledge for the field. He was patient and confident with answering all questions.

Alexi Florian, OTR/L, CLT
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

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
XOOM/PayPal

Eric Ahonen did an awesome job. He was very organized and presented concepts in an easy to follow manner — his pace was very conducive to learning. I didn't feel rushed and I was able to have all questions answered.

Jennifer Van Grinsven, OTR
Aspirus System

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

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

Very cool and interactive whiteboard! I have not taken a course quite like this before with this kind of technology!

Laura Kase, DPT
Oaklawn Hospital

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

The FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course was without a doubt set apart from the rest of the pack when it comes to industrial rehab training. Each area is thoroughly covered and prepares you for immediate implementation within your practice. 

Joan Korpi, OTR
Flambeau Hospital

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

Jim Mecham does a GREAT job of making a new subject or area of practice fun, but also educational. He's mighty experienced in this area. The course exceeded my expectations.

Tom Rothery, MS, OTR/L
OccuCare
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