Course Info For A Deeper Understanding

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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.


The fee for the entire course is $595, which includes certification in both thermal and electrical modalities. Also included are all home study lessons provided via the Internet, a textbook, necessary paperwork to demonstrate completion of the course, comprehensive lab manual, and a certificate of completion once all requirements have been met. CPAM®

Qualify for a 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. NOTE: For any Discount, we can not go back and apply credit for registrations already completed.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Notices received within 14 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 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. We are unable to make transfers less than a week prior to the workshop start date.

Note1: We reserve the right to cancel any workshop for which there is insufficient registration. In that event, 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.

Note2: All transfers Workshops must be rescheduled prior to 18 months from the date of original registration payment or credit and transfer fees will be lost.

Please note: The Address you register with is the address we will send your books to. Please contact us immediately, at 989-964-4048, if want your books sent to another address. We do send out books within 24 hours of registrations, and are not responsible if sent to registration address, if 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.

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 (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)