Complete this Credentialing Course for the Use of Physical Agent Modalities and Earn the Professional Designation of CPAM.
The Physical Agent Modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, Inc., LLC (PAMPCA), has designed a continuing education course in PAMs for the busy therapist. PAMPCA, LLC, is the ONLY credentialing agency in Physical Agent Modalities for OT practitioners.
You do not have to set aside multiple weekends to complete your credentialing training in physical agent modalities. Instead, you learn via the Internet in the comfort of your home or in small study groups and attend only one 16-hour workshop and complete supervised clinical work. Our successful graduates are awarded 45 contact hours of continuing education credits. PAMPCA is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (#4859).
The mission of Physical Agent Modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, Inc., LLC (PAMPCA), is to provide a credentialing process that includes the necessary education, testing, and monitoring of clinical preparedness for practitioners who want to use physical agent modalities in their practice. In doing so, the public is able to identify those healthcare professionals who are qualified to use physical agent modalities as part of their routine practice.
PAMPCA,LLC, was established to educate practitioners in the proper, safe and judicious use of physical agent modalities in the treatment of their clients. It provides a process by which all states and territories within the United States can individually define the appropriate education and certification standards for physical agent modalities use. PAMPCA, LLC, then, provides the education, testing and awarding of an initial certification for physical agent modalities use to practitioners. It has created an innovative, structured educational system leading to certifying individuals for using physical agent modalities. This education process is provided through web-based instructional media, a two-day workshop and supervised clinical experience.
PAMPCA's contact information:
4010 Ivy Drive Nashville, TN 37216
All clinical paperwork must be submitted to Dr. McPhee via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All certificates will be submitted to the indvidual via the email that has been provided
Course Layout/Contact Hour Division:
Part 1: Online Coursework (20 hours to complete including taking module tests)
Part 2: Two Day Weekend Workshop (16 contact hours)
Part 3: Supervised Clinical Application of PAMs (supervision by either an OT or a PT currently certified to use physical agent modalities in their state)
PAMPCA helps you to obtain the training and continuing education you may need to comply with state certification requirements. Please check with your state licensing and regulatory board to determine what your specific state requirements may be.
Aggressive didactic lessons on both thermal (heat, cold, ultrasound, phonophoresis) and electrical modalities (TENS, NMES, Iontophoresis)
A two-day hands-on workshop to demonstrate familiarity and safety issues related to PAMs
Tracking supervised clinical hours to complete the credentialing process
Comprehensive examination included during the second day of the workshop
The course is comprised of 12 learning modules plus a two-day workshop and supervised clinical hours. Upon successful completion of the course, our graduates are awarded 45 contact hours of continuing education credit awarded by Saginaw Valley State University. Graduates of this course are awarded a credential by the Physical Agent Modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, LLC, and are allowed to use CPAM after their name. This course complies with regulatory and licensing requirement for PAM use in most states requiring additional credentialing of OT practitioners.
Note: You must have a computer and access to the Internet to participate in this course.
Our physical agent modalities practitioner-credentialing course is comprised of twelve modules. Upon completion of this course, practitioners receive 45 contact hours of continuing education credit (awarded in conjunction with Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan). The entire course is comprised of three parts. The breakdown of the course and continuing education contact hours awarded is as follows (module objectives can be found as a separate attachment):
Part I: Didactic Coursework (20 hours to complete including taking module tests)
National and State Rules, Regulations, Position Papers (1 hour)
(Workshop notifications to confirm sufficient/insufficient registration will be sent approximately 30 days before the workshop - please read our cancellation/refund policy below)
Late Registration begins 12 Business Days prior to the workshop date
Registration for all workshops close 7 Business Days prior to the workshop date
The program has three parts that must be completed, the workshop is part 2. Please see for details.
Maximum seating for all workshops is 30 unless stated.
Feb 24 & 25, 2018 Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5 pm
Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202-4039
21 Seats still available (70% remaining)
Mar 17 & 18, 2018 Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5 pm
Haven of Our Lady of Peace 1900 Summit Blvd Pensacola, FL 32503
21 Seats still available (84% remaining)
Max seating for this workshop is 25
*We reserve the right to cancel any workshop for which there is insufficient registration. All workshops will be looked at approximately 30 days before to determine if there is sufficient registration. In the event that a workshop is canceled, registrants will be encouraged to attend the workshop at a different location with no processing fee charged, or will be refunded the amount of the tuition minus a $55 fee for the textbook.
*Transferring a registrant to an alternative workshop site is permissible on a one-time basis for a $55 processing fee and is contingent upon space available.
*We are unable to make transfers less than a week prior to the workshop start date.
If you are interested in hosting the two-day hands-on workshop at your facility, please email Jaime Frank at email@example.com for program information.
All Required Books for the course are included in the price of Tuiton. You will receive a book in the mail for your online courses and a workbook at the 2-day workshop.
*We are not responsible if your registration address is incorrect. Unless you contact us and confirm a different address you will be responsible for any additional postage for resending the book.
Qualify for a Discount!(all discounts must call 989-964-4048 to receive the discount)
Send three or more from the same company, registering at the same time, and each receives $50 off the regular fee, paying only $545 each.
Call our office to find out about Student Discounts (must have a current school schedule and it must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at time of registration).
NOTE 1: For any Discount, we can not go back and apply credit for registrations already completed
NOTE 2: For any Group Discount, we need all registrations to call at the same time, if all registrations for the discount are not received within 48 hours, the registration(s) will not be processed.
Please note: LATE REGISTRATION (Late Registration will begin 12 Business Days prior to the workshop at 12 noon EST) is an additional $30 fee. Late Registrations may register by phone at 989-964-4048 or online.
Notices received within 14 business days or more from the workshop start date are eligible for a refund less a $120 cancellation fee and $55 textbook fee. Less than 14 business days prior to the start of the workshop all fees & registration are not refundable.
Transferring a registrant to an alternative workshop site is permissible on a one-time basis for a $55 processing fee and is contingent upon space available. Transfers must be completed no later than 14 business days prior to the workshop date.
Note1: All transfers Workshops must be rescheduled prior to 12 months from the date of original registration payment or credit and transfer fees will be lost.
Note 2: We reserve the right to cancel any workshop for which there is insufficient registration. All workshops will be looked at approximately 30 days prior to the workshop to determine if there is sufficient registration. In the event that a workshop is canceled, registrants will be encouraged to attend the workshop at a different location with no processing fee charged, or will be refunded the amount of the tuition minus a $55 fee for the textbook.
The Address you register with is the address we will send your book to. Please contact us immediately, at 989-964-4048, if want your books sent to another address.
*We do send the book out 24 hours after the registration process is complete. We are not liable if the address provided is incorrect, unless you contact us and confirm a different address, you will be responsible for any additional postage. This additional cost will have to be paid by credit card prior to re-sending.
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Can I get credentialed in just thermal and not electrical modalities? Not at this time. The educational program that we offer is intended to provide a comprehensive review of the bio-physiologic and therapeutic benefits of physical agent modalities. The course also addresses the safe and efficacious application of physical agent modalities in the clinical setting. Individuals who complete this course will be credentialed in both thermal and electrical modalities.
How soon can I finish the course and receive the certification of completion? After completion of all areas of the course you will receive your certificate. Specifically you must complete the online quizzes, attend your 2-Day Workshop and send in your Clinical Forms.
Do I have to wait to do the supervised clinical treatments until after the workshop? The supervised application of 10 superficial/deep thermal and 10 electrotherapy applications can be completed at any time. Some participants begin to collect this supervised application before attending the 2 day workshop and this is fine.
Please note: as of January 2012, we will require that the supervised applications must be completed within 18 months of completion of the 2 day workshop. Exemptions to this policy will be considered on a case by case basis. Only when we have verified that the supervising therapist’s license is current and that they have authorization to use PAMs, will we mail the Certificate of Completion. It is very important that the required information is correct (name, credentials, and license number). Incomplete or incorrect information will delay receipt of your certificate.
When is the due date to sign up for the workshop? The time to sign up for the course is now! However please note that, registration closes 7-Days prior to when the Workshop is scheduled. Also, participants need to allow for 20 hours of on-line learning. This will allow time to complete each lesson, including readings in the textbook and on-line, and to take each on-line quiz.
The second phase of training is a two-day workshop that is offered regionally (16 contact hours). This workshop is primarily experiential and provides a hands-on training segment. Participants work in small groups to complete simulated clinical case studies on the appropriate PAM application and documentation. This workshop culminates in a comprehensive examination on the use of PAMs. The typical workshop begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. and continues until 5:30 p.m. (with an hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks). The topics covered the first day include: differential diagnoses, pain management, thermal modalities, Cryotherapy, ultrasound, and introduction to electrotherapy (transcutaneous electrical stimulation, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and function electrical stimulation). Sunday’s session begins at 8 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m. Topics for this day are clinical pharmacology, Iontophoresis, and completion of several case studies that have direct application to the modalities presented. A comprehensive examination will be given on Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:00 p.m. There will be a short review session held prior to administering the examination.
The third phase involves clinically administering physical agent modalities under the supervision of a qualified therapist approved by your state to use physical agent modalities. This can be an occupational therapist that has been approved by the state to use PAMs. The supervising clinician can also be a physical therapist, or in some states a Certified Hand Therapist. State regulations may vary. Course participants are encouraged to review their respective state guidelines to identify appropriate personnel for the supervisory portion of the course. Please remember, though, that a COTA can not supervise an OTR. Participants will need to complete 10 Thermal applications (5 hours application time) and 10 Electrical applications (5 hours application time). The supervising therapist will be asked to attest to the participant’s efficacious and safe application of thermal and electrical modalities. They also will assess the appropriateness of the documentation following each modality application. The necessary forms are provided to participants through our Internet instruction site.
What is the minimum grade I need to pass the quizzes and comprehensive examination? You need to achieve a grade of 75% or higher on the quizzes and comprehensive examination. If you do not achieve a minimum of 75% for a quiz, you can retake the quiz as many times a necessary to attain a passing grade.
I am concerned about the comprehensive examination. If I fail this portion of the program, what options will I have? The comprehensive examination is designed to assess the participant’s knowledge of the safe and efficacious use of physical agent modalities. The test reflects issues such as the physiologic response, therapeutic benefit, precautions, and contraindications, for each of the modalities. The test is comprised of multiple choice questions. If a participant should not receive a passing grade, they will be given an assessment of where they are weak and given the opportunity to study these areas. They will be allowed to retake the examination at a future time convenient to the participant and PAMPCA staff.