Course Layout

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. 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 1: Didactic Coursework
National and State Rules, Regulations, Position Papers 1 hour
Anatomy and Kinesiology Review 2 hours
Wound Healing 2 hours
Pain Theory
  1. Understanding Pain
  2. Intervention Strategies
  • 1 hour
  • 1 hour
  1. Understanding the basis for Electrotherapy
  2. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
  3. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • 2 hours
  • 1 hour
  • 2 hours
Superficial Thermal Agents 2 hours
Deep Thermal Agents 2 hours
Cryotherapy 2 hours
Clinical Pharmacology 1 hour
Iontophoresis 1 hour
Total 20 hours
Part 2: Two Day Weekend Workshop
Hands on lab experience 14 hours
Comprehensive test over the didactic and workshop materials 2 hours
Total 16 hours
Part 3: Supervised Clinical Application of PAMs
Ten thermal applications 4.5 hours
Ten electrical applications 4.5 hours
Total 9 hours

Note: Supervised clinical applications of physical agent modalities can be supervised by an OT (approved in their state to use pams), physical therapist, chiropractor, or physician.