32.4 - Bridging the Gap Between the Workplace and Therapy Clinic

I recently took a lead position at our work rehab center. Part of my job requirements are to move our practice forward, and I can’t think of a better way than to complete the credentialing program and recommend the same for my colleagues.

-Mike Trenary

Course Description

This course is coordinated by the Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA. The aim is to provide the clinician with essential information to develop an advanced practice in occupational health, consistent with the OHSIG vision of optimizing movement, musculoskeletal health, and work participation from hire to retire. Accordingly, the combined information from the 3 monographs listed below is intended to guide the reader through the understanding and process of providing comprehensive occupational health services benefiting both the employees and employers.

Discussed comprehensively is the role of therapists to assist employers with Total Worker Health® policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. Course highlights include best practice examples and regulations to optimize design of workplace wellness, functional job analyses, functional employment tests, and entry point care models for the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal injuries, including the use of transitional work or simulated work tasks to promote stay-at-work or return to work after injury or illness.

Total Worker Health® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Use of this mark by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA, Inc. does not imply endorsement by HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Course Overview

Course Format: Online with an option to purchase the print version

Contact Hours: 15 contact hours

State Approval: AOPT courses are accepted in all states plus the District of Columbia, as allowed by the type of course requirements in state regulations. A small number of states require APTA to seek pre-approval of courses. The approval codes for these states can be found here. Always check with your State Licensing Board to confirm contact hours offered.

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Bridging the Gap Between the Workplace and Therapy Clinic

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AOPT Member $145 $180
Non-AOPT Member $245 $280

Cancellation Policy

Due to the automation of our learning management system allowing you instant access to the online content and the immediate order placement for a plus print product, there are no refunds after an order is placed.

International Shipping Policy

International shipping is NOT available when purchasing a plus print copy of our independent study courses. The online copy allows you instant access to any course with the ability to print a pdf copy. Note: APO and FPO addresses are serviced by the USPS and the Military Postal Service Agency and are available for plus print shipping.

Course Objectives

The intent of this monograph series is to prepare therapists and other health practitioners to:

  1. Deliver health promotion services that relate to employer programs for wellness, physical fitness, and population health.
  2. Assess functional job demands for job accommodation and design job fitness exams.
  3. Promote early intervention for workers who are unable to perform usual job duties.

Topics and Authors

  • Total Worker Health® Protection and Promotion Programs
    Joshua Prall, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, OCS; Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME; Shanna Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S, BS; Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS
  • Functional Job Analysis and Employment Exams
    Moyo B. Tillery, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Roderick C. Stoneburner, MS, CRS (rtd); Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME
  • Entry Point Care for Workers with Job Participation Barriers
    Jennifer Klose, PT, DPT; Alison Helmetsie, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert MDT; Michael Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT; Jennifer Gaul, PT, OCS, CSCS
  • Collective Glossary of Occupational Health Terminology
    Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME; Steve Allison, PT, DPT, OCS, CME