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Occupational Health Practitioner Certificate Program

Program Summary

The Occupational Health Practitioner (OHP) 

Program Requirements

  1. You must be a licensed physical therapist or occupational therapist
  2. You must complete all required coursework in the Occupational Health Practitioner track through the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy within 2 years. You must pass the post-course exams after each independent study course (multiple-choice) with an 80% score or higher. Coursework that is not completed within 2 years will require you to retake any courses completed outside this timeframe, since evidence is regularly updated. Required coursework (A, B, C):
    1. ISC 32.4 - Bridging the Gap Between the Workplace and Clinic
      1. Individual CEU Application Packet
    2. ISC 32.5 - Advanced Therapy Programs in Occupational Health
    3. Facilitating Therapy Programs for Total Worker Health(R)
      1. Occupational Health live webinar (6 hours)
        1. Pre-course preparation (2 hours)
      2. Following the webinar, complete and submit within 4 weeks
        1.  Program Reflection  
          1. Written project describing a Total Worker Health clinical case or program
          2. Reference current evidence
          3. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills and mastery of program curriculum
        2. Professional portfolio highlighting area(s) of occupational health experience  
    4. Occupational Health Practitioner registry application (Available to AOPT and PPS members only)
      1. Certificate program course completion dates
      2. PT/OT state(s) licensed
  3. Designation of “Occupational Health Practitioner” is awarded to those who successfully complete all coursework, a professional portfolio, and the Program Reflection project
  4. Members of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT) and Private Practice Section (PPS) who receive the designation of Occupational Health Practitioner are featured in the AOPT Occupational Health Practitioner Registry, as a member benefit of belonging

Note: Individual courses may be taken for CEUs, but OHP Certification is only granted to those who successfully complete all 3 courses and the Program Reflection peer-reviewed project.

 A STEP 1: Independent Study Course A STEP 2: Independent Study Course B STEP 3: Webinar and
Project Course C
Education A

A: ISC 32.4
Bridging the Gap Between Workplace and Therapy Clinic

B: ISC 32.5
Advanced Therapy Programs in Occupational Health

C: OH Webinar
Facilitating Therapy Programs for Total Worker Health 

  • OHP portfolio development 
  • Program Reflection submission
Format
  • Independent Study Course
  • On-demand; self-paced
  • Independent Study Course
  • On-demand; self-paced
  • One-day, interactive webinar via zoom (6 hrs) -
    • Course preparation (2 hrs)
  • Independent project
ContentA

Core knowledge in occupational health practice

  • Total Worker Health® Protection and Promotion Programs
  • Functional Job Analysis and Employment Exams
  • Entry Point of Care for Workers with Job Participation Barriers

Core knowledge in occupational health practice

  • Elements of Ergonomic Programs for Healthcare and General Industry
  • Work Rehabilitation: Managing Prolonged Episodes of Care
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation and Disability Determination

Total Worker Health webinar

  • Employer needs assessment
  •  Practitioner competencies and program gap analysis
  • Tools
    • Employer outcome
    • Practitioner outcome
    • Legal compliance
  • Case studies
    • Ergonomic job concern
    • OSHA first aid report
    • Wellness coaching & musculoskeletal fitness
    • Personal health limiting job performance
    • Work injury limiting job performance
    • Job-specific Functional Capacity Evaluation
Testing Method Quiz (open book) Quiz (open book)

Peer-reviewed submission (pass, needs revision, not accepted)

  • Practitioner Portfolio
  • Program Reflection
  • Employer needs analysis or individual case reflection
Benefits/Outcome
  • 15 CEUs
  • Prerequisite course for ISC 32.5
  • 15 CEUs
  • Prerequisite course for OHP webinar 
  • 10 CEUs
  • Occupational Health Practitioner (OHP) Certificate of Achievement awarded upon a passing score on peer-reviewed submission
  • OHP professionals are listed in AOPT website registry with this distinction

Benefits

  • Expand knowledge of Occupational Health practice
  • Identify gaps in knowledge/skills/experience to develop advanced proficiency
  • Engage and collaborate with professional mentors
  • Explore new service opportunities to apply Total Worker Health principles to your practice, become a preferred provider of Occupational Health rehabilitation services, and promote PT/OT as an entry point of care in your region
  • Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of knowledge to patients and employers
  • Obtain 40 CEUs
  • Be promoted in the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy OHP Registry, as a member benefit (must be an AOPT or PPS member)

Program Fees

Level  AOPT/PPS Member Non-Member 
Course A $145 $245
Course B $145 $245
Course C $495 $645
OHP Registry Listing Complimentary N/A
TOTAL INVESTMENT $785 $1135