Course Description:

Our Functional Capacity Evaluation is a narrated educational video course consisting of 17 modules that are designed to provide information regarding the determination of residual functional capacity and the return to work evaluation process. At the end of each module there are review questions to test the learner’s understanding of the information provided. Our Functional Capacity Evaluations are based on the Dictionary of Occupational Titles – Residual Functional Capacity (DOT-RFC) Battery. The DOT-RFC Battery was created by Dr. Fishbain to identify the medical impairment of a person, express it in terms of functional limitations, and ultimately calculate the person’s actual work capacity. Our Dictionary of Occupational Titles – Return to Work (DOT-RTW) Battery is an expanded variant  of the DOT-RFC Battery. Upon the completion of this course you will understand the differences between these two types of FCEs and how they are implemented in “return to work” and disability determinations.

This course will teach you how to correctly implement all techniques and procedures used during an FCE and how to make sound and professional interpretations of the results. It will also ensure your competence in the use of all evaluative instruments required during an FCE. These instruments and procedures are peer reviewed for reliability, validity, and widely accepted in industrial rehabilitation. You will be trained to administer and produce an individualized FCE report that meets today’s standards. The webFCE software will be utilized during the course as a training tool.

Satisfactory course completion as an assessment of learned outcomes includes:

  • Participation of our 7 hour educational course and live demo.
  • Knowledge of the FCE Procedure Manual.
  • Performance and critique of a functional capacity evaluation.
  • Completion of certification examination with a score of 70% or better.

Course Rationale:

The purpose of this course is to provide comprehensive and up to date research based information to medical professionals who are interested in performing functional capacity evaluations and to widen the scope of the services they provide to the injured worker population. A good knowledge base of what an FCE encompasses and its purposes will arm clinicians and clinic managers with the ability to understand when an FCE is appropriate and how to communicate that information with referral sources (i.e. physicians, lawyers, case managers).

Course Objectives:

To provide learner information regarding:

  • Comparison of Dictionary of Occupational Titles-Residual Functional Capacity (DOT-RFC) and the Dictionary of Occupational Titles-Return to Work (DOT-RTW) Batteries and how to use them appropriately.
  • How to perform an FCE to encompass validity and reliability to support your examination findings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the various job related test procedures and components in a FCE.
  • Implement and use the various evaluation instruments and procedures conducted during a FCE.
  • Identify and select the most accepted evidence based FCE testing methodologies within the literature.
  • Incorporate standardized tests and measures to meet the highest of FCE documentation standards.
  • Compare and analyze the latest FCE performance techniques from peer reviewed literature.
  • Differentiate between return-to-work testing, and disability testing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the various types of FCEs requested by referrals.
  • Determine and interpret “consistency of effort” test results.
  • Perform FCE musculoskeletal Screening.
  • Learn, Identify and select occupations within the DOT and O*NET database.
  • Evaluate non-material handling and material handling tasks in a FCE.
  • Classify FCE physical demand levels: rare, occasional, frequent, and constant activities.
  • Be proficient in the of the implementation of the webFCE DOT-RFC and DOT-RTW software.

Target Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists Assistants, Chiropractors, Exercise Physiologists, Medical Doctors, and Athletic Trainers.

Training Cost:

$499 per person – on demand (pre-recorded); $599 per person – Live in person; $599 per person – Live Webinar.

Contact Hours/CEU:

7 hours / 7 CEUs.