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Physical Agent Modality Credentialing Course for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

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 oldest, continuous credentialing course in the use of 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). Visit PAMPCA's official page at for FAQs and copies of the forms.

**Last day to drop from a workshop with partial refund is 14 business days prior to the date of your workshop.  This helps us to be able to fill your spot. If you have any concerns regarding social distancing please feel free to contact us at 989-964-4048 or at

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.

Course includes:

  • 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)
    • Superficial Surface Anatomy (2 hours)
    • Wound Healing (2 hours)
    • Pain Theory
      1. Understanding Pain (1 hour)
      2. Intervention Strategies (1 hour)
    • Superficial Thermal Agents (hot packs, paraffin, fluidotherapy, light) (2 hours)
    • Deep Thermal Agents (Ultrasound, Phonophoresis) (2 hours)
    • Cryotherapy (cold pack, ice massage, contrasting baths) (2 hours)
    • Electrotherapy
      1. Understanding the basis for Electrotherapy (2 hours)
      2. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (1 hour)
      3. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (2 hours)
    • Clinical Pharmacology (1 hour)
    • Iontophoresis (1 hour)
  • Part 2: Two Day Weekend Workshop (16 contact hours)
    • 14 hour hands on lab experience
    • 2 hour comprehensive test over the didactic and workshop materials
  • 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)
    • 10 Thermal applications (4.5 hours)
    • 10 Electrical applications (4.5 hours)

Tuition: $630.00

All Required Books for the course are included in the price of Tuition. 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 mailing address, you will be responsible for any additional postage for resending the book.

*There will be no reserved spots without an initial payment of $60 to reserve your spot. Please contact 989-964-4048 if you need to reserve a spot. Reserved spots are only for individuals that have an employer paying for the course and require an invoice. 

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. 

Qualify for a Discount! All discounts must call 989-964-4048 or email to receive the discount. Discounts must be applied at time of registration, there are no refunds if these discounts are not applied at time of registration. 

Groups of three or more receive $50 off each regular fee.  

Email us at with a copy of your current class schedule to receive the coupon code for Student Registration (participants must be currently taking classes to receive the discount).   

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.

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Notices received within 14 business days or more from the workshop start date are eligible for a refund less a $120 cancellation fee and $60 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 $60 fee for the textbook. 

Please note:

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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Current Workshops:


Boise, ID

April 23 & 24, 2022
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm 

Holiday Inn Boise
2970 West Elder Street,
Boise, ID 83705

Nashville, TN

November 6 & 7, 2021
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm

Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Airport
5855 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214


Pittsburgh, PA

January 15 & 16, 2022
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Airport Settlers Ridge
5100 Campbells Run Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Atlanta, GA

December 4 & 5, 2021
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm

Springhill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway
2091 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337

Los Angeles, CA

October 16 & 17, 2021
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm

Los Angeles Airport Marriott
5855 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

San Francisco, CA

January 15 & 16, 2022
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites San Francisco Airport North
373 S. Airport Blvd.
South San Francisco, California 94080

Silver Spring, MD

March 19 & 20, 2022
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm 

Adventist Healthcare White Oak Medical Center Medical Pavilion
11890 Healing Way
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Philadelphia, PA

February 5 & 6, 2022
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am - 5:30 pm

Four Points Philadelphia Airport
4101 Island Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153


SVSU's Professional Development
Curtiss Hall C201, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-4048