Physical agent modalities (PAMs) can be a valuable adjunct treatment to enhance outcomes of patients receiving therapy services. This course is geared toward OT practitioners and aims to educate the therapist in how to incorporate safe and effective application of PAMs into their current clinical practice. The certification course consists of a web-based component, and a 2-day live workshop for lab demonstration and practice opportunities. This course follows NH state guidelines for PAMs certification including the required 15 hrs in electrical stimulation education, and 6 hours in ultrasound education (Note: participants will still have to complete supervision requirements following the course to apply for NH state PAMs certification). Bonus material includes review of clinical application for heat and cold modalities.
Looking for just a refresher course? Additional options include attending the 2-day live workshop only. This option is recommended for therapists with previous PAMs experience only.
Following the course, participants will demonstrate knowledge of:
- Physical Agent Modality (PAM) terminology
- Biophysical principles of application of PAM
- Physiologic response of tissue to application of PAM
- Clinical use and parameters for application of PAM
- Contraindications, precautions, and warnings for safe use of PAM
- Modulation of parameters to modify desired effect of PAM
- Safe use and maintenance of PAM equipment and topical medications
- Patient education about PAM risks, benefits, and application
- PAM selection and clinical rationale/indications for patients
What to expect: Participants registered for the certification course will receive a packet in advance of the course which includes a PAMs textbook and study binder to maximize the learning process and assist with the web-based learning module. Participants must pass the post-test of this module before taking the live workshop*. Participants registered for the 2-day live course, may chose to include the textbook option which will be provided at the live course. Class size is limited to ensure ample opportunities for individual instruction and practice.
*Participants who are currently using PAMs in their practice may be able to take the web-based learning module after the live workshop. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
What to bring: Please bring the materials from your packet (binder and textbook) each lab day. Participants should dress comfortably, but in layers to permit access of pertinent UE anatomy (tank top, sports bra, sweatshirt, etc). Please bring a towel, facecloth, and sheet each lab day.
Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants. In this event, a rescheduled workshop will be offered within 3 months of the originally scheduled date. Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $175.00 for the web course and administrative fees.)