Work Hardening/Conditioning
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Questions answered in real-time
Receive CEUs/Contact Hours
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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

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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

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The course exceeded my expectations! I was never bored, time went fast, the material provided was great and Jim Mecham was wonderful in all aspects. Best instructor I have had in a course.

Melody Jacobs
Osceola Medical Center

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

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

Colin Heenan

The course definitely exceeded my expectations. Jim was excellent, extremely knowledgable, and very helpful.

Diane Barrickman
ATTACHI Physical Therapy

Jim was down to earth, personable, and very professional. He was able to relax the class and got everyone to participate.

Woodraw Hepler
Arkansas Department of Corrections

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

I normally struggle doing continuing education via On Demand formats. However, the information and presentation method with OccuPro was engaging and very helpful. Nice job, Jim!

Jeffrey Johnson, MA, ATC
BTE Technologies
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