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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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

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!

Return-to-Work (RTW) +
Work Conditioning Software

OccuPro’s Return-to-Work Software will be used as a training tool in this course to showcase how research is used to support which of your patients need these programs.

What People Say About Us

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

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

The course was great! I learned so much! It went by fast! Eric was full of energy. Thank you for the delicious lunch each day! :)

N/A

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

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

Everything was well covered and comprehensive. The course exceeded my expectations! I can easily begin enhancing my work hardening/conditioning program after this course.

Don Hill
Steppin' Stones Therapy

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

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

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

Great program. It was just like being there in person minus the airfare and hotel cost. I highly recommend!

Lynda White, PT, MBA
MVP Physical Therapy

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 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

Working full time makes finding time difficult. Being able to complete the course in PJs is wonderful. I LOVE the On Demand course format!

Jason Geml
Divinity Home Care
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