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Learning Outcomes

This course is designed for professionals who are looking to implement a respected and researched FCE testing protocol into their medical practice. Obtain or expand your understanding of performing a kinesiophysical FCE protocol and walk away with the knowledge to plan, administer, and perform evidence-based FCEs that exceed industry reliability and validity levels. Learning outcomes include:

  • Recognize/identify the latest evidence-based research on a kinesiophysical FCE approach
  • Explain and apply safe occasional, frequent, and/or constant abilities
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform/document safe, reliable, and defensible FCEs
  • Organize and extrapolate data to an eight-hour day
  • Identify common consistency of effort and reliability of pain methods
  • Implement high level FCE documentation that enhances your reports
  • Participate in legal discussions that will back up your FCE results in a court of law
  • Apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator by obtaining a CFCE Certification

Additional Course Content

  • Introduction to Functional Capacity Evaluations:

    • The OccuPro evaluation philosophy
    • Principles of functional capacity testing
    • Proper FCE documentation
    • Creating your FCE report or using FCE software
    • Marketing and growing your FCE program
    • Selecting FCE equipment and setting up your testing space
    • Overview of the many types of FCEs you can perform
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation Performance:

    • Intake process
    • Job analysis, job descriptions, DOT, and other ways to gather the jobs physical demands
    • Consistency of effort/reliability of pain ratings
    • Sitting and standing
    • Musculoskeletal testing
    • Upper extremity testing/coordination
    • Non-material handling, occasional material handling, and frequent material handling
    • Job simulation
    • Full FCE case study and practicum

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

  • Introductory
  • No prerequisites required
  • 15:1 student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs

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

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full three days of training
  • Completion of a full FCE on day three of the course
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Look into the foundation of performing FCEs and how the tests you are performing are legally defensible
  • Learn how to market and grow your functional capacity evaluation program
  • Find out what equipment you will need and how to set up your FCE testing space
  • How to determine consistency of effort and reliability of pain

Day Two:

  • Determine if the subjective pain is reliable using RPE, functional pain scale, McGill, Oswestry, Ransford and Waddell Signs
  • Learn to perform goniometric and inclinometric joint evaluation for general FCE and AMA impairment rating FCEs
  • How to perform fine motor and gross motor coordination taking into consideration evidence-based consistency of effort
  • Learn to test kneeling, crawling, climbing, and dynamic/static balance

Day Three:

  • Using a kinesiophysical approach learn to evaluate and determine your client's occasional/maximum/safe lifting abilities
  • Evaluate, determine, and calculate maximal/safe frequent and continuous lifting abilities during various lifts
  • Perform and present a full hands-on functional capacity evaluation for certification

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 2.2 CEUs and is an introductory 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.

Functional Capacity Evaluation
(FCE) Software

OccuPro’s FCE Software will be showcased as a tool to demonstrate how to perform the latest evidence-based FCE testing methodologies.

What People Say About Us

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

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.

One of the best live training courses that I have attended!

Colin Heenan

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. It was basic enough for newer people to easily comprehend, but detailed enough to make me comfortable applying it.

Laura Edmundson, MPT, DMT, COMPT

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

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

Eric Ahonen was very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of functional capacity evaluations and how they should be performed. He gave great insides and practical knowledge based on his years of experience in this field. He was patient, approachable, and hands-on.

Brian Cupit, DPT
Concentra Health Solutions

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

The On Demand Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Course met my expectations. It was as good as being there!

Edith Lotivio
Dynamic Physical Ther

Eric was a FORCE. I loved everything about his style of presentation. He was VERY clear and made sure we got it.

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Aspirus

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

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