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Work Hardening/Conditioning
Training Course

"I gained a wealth of knowledge from the Work Hardening and Conditioning Course. It was taught in a manner that anyone could catch on and then apply the information."

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Questions answered in real-time
Receive CEUs/Contact Hours
Immediate access to all course materials
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Immediately able to start course
Complete course at your own pace

Learning Outcomes

Our Work Hardening/Work Conditioning Training Course is designed for professionals looking to grow their return-to-work program and/or implement high level work hardening/work conditioning into their practice. When implemented correctly, these programs can be the most profitable programs a clinic offers and can be implemented in an organization of any size. Learning outcomes include:

  • Perform the latest evidence-based work hardening/conditioning evaluations including:
    • Intake process
    • Sitting and standing
    • Musculoskeletal screening and evaluation
    • Upper extremity testing/coordination
    • Repetitive functional activities
    • Occasional/frequent material handling
  • Create return-to-work goals and treatment plans from your evaluations
  • Apply the OccuPro industrial rehabilitation philosophy
  • Rehabilitate injured workers using the latest return-to-work concepts
  • Apply industry accepted principles of industrial rehabilitation
  • Perform industrial rehabilitation documentation
  • Design and set up your physical space
  • Synthesis and document high level return-to-work goals
  • Determine frequency/durations and length of stay in program
  • Identify appropriate exercise programs and job simulated activities
  • Deal with the difficult return-to-work patient
  • Perform a job demands analysis for a work hardening/work conditioning patient
  • Perform work hardening/conditioning  treatments including identifying appropriate treatment and properly progressing your patient

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
  • 14.5 hours (2 days)
  • 1.4 AOTA CEUs

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full two days of training
  • Performing a work hardening/conditioning evaluation
  • Creating return-to-work goals
  • Preparing a treatment plan based on your evaluation and designing the rehab program
  • Classroom presentation/critique of your evaluation and treatment plan
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Discuss the principles and differences of a work hardening program and work conditioning program
  • Learn to design and set up your WH/WC space
  • Discuss the importance of re-assessment during your program and making sure you document functional progress
  • Review the foundation of performing industrial rehab and how to perform these services at a high level
  • Learn the importance and how tos of performing a job demands analysis

Day Two:

  • Learn to evaluate job simulation and incorporate it into treatment
  • How to progress your patient from initial evaluation to return-to-work
  • How to work and progress the difficult patient from a multidisciplinary standpoint
  • Review a work hardening/conditioning evaluation
  • Create a treatment plan and determine weekly progression of your patient based on the evaluation

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

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

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

The course helped further my knowledge of physical therapy and provided plenty of materials for me to use at my disposal!

Andrew Lah
Physical Therapy First

Excellent! This course really challenged me to "think outside the box" in regards to how I can better market my program.

Tanya Schaer, OTR
Ministry Health Care St. Joseph's

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

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 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 exceeded all expectations. I found it very insightful. It made me take a closer look at how I manage work hardening/conditioning clients.

Jacob Marion, PT, DPT
Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy

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

Jim was very informative and was able to answer all the questions asked. He also gave personal examples and research based evidence which I really enjoyed.

Courtney Pincin, OTR/L
Carlisle Regional Medical Center

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 surpassed all of my expectations! I expected to lose interest but Jim Mecham was very engaging, informative, took feedback/questions from the attendees and gave detailed answers!

Adam Muheisen, PT Technician
Michigan Neurology

Great course. Jim does a fantastic job explaining work hardening/conditioning programming and how to increase referrals to your program. A+ course!!!

Kris Lawson, PT
Tomah Memorial Hospital
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