PAMS Certification Course

Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs) for Occupational Therapy Practitioners: 2-Day Live Workshop


Registration for this course is now closed!


September 16 & 17, 2023
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST
Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
3400 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33759

Course Cost:

$400 (includes all supplies and use of PAM equipment)


Willow Henry, PT, DPT, CWS, CLT

Lisa Owen, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CHT

Target Audience/Educational Level:

Introductory – OTPs, students, and CHTs/advanced clinicians are welcome!


12 Contact Hours/1.2 AOTA CEUs (approval #7512)

Florida Board of OT CE Broker Tracking # 50-38782


Right Hand Therapy is an AOTA Approved Provider of
professional development – Provider #11677. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course is approved through the Florida OT Board (CE Broker Tracking # 50-38782)

Physical agent modalities (PAMs) can be a valuable adjunct treatment to enhance outcomes of patients receiving therapy services. This course is geared toward OT students and practitioners and aims to educate the therapist in how to incorporate safe and effective application of PAMs into clinical practice. The course consists of a 2-day live workshop for lab demonstration and hands-on practice opportunities. This course was designed to meet Florida PAMs certification training requirements including 4 hours of live training on ultrasound and 4 hours of live training on e-stim modalities. This course also includes 1 hour of training on superficial hot/cold modalities. Participants will be provided with modality equipment and supplies.

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Name Physical Agent Modality (PAM) terminology.
  • Recognize biophysical principles of application of PAMs.
  • Identify the physiologic response of tissue to application of PAMs.
  • Select the appropriate clinical use and parameters for application of PAMs.
  • Name contraindications, precautions, and warnings for safe use of PAMs.
  • Identify and demonstrate how to modulate parameters to achieve the desired effect of PAMs that will support and prepare a patient for engagement in occupational activities.
  • Identify the safe use and maintenance of PAMs equipment and topical medications.
  • List patient education about PAMs risks, benefits, and application.
  • Identify appropriate PAMs and list the clinical rationale/indications for use to support and prepare a patient for engagement in meaningful occupations.

What to Expect/Instructional Methods

Participants must sign and submit a waiver to RHT prior to being considered fully registered for the course. PAMs equipment will be available onsite at NSU for use by the first 28 participants who register. We will provide all associated supplies to use this equipment including electrodes, ultrasound gel, and printed handouts. Learning outcomes will be assessed during live observation and demonstration of skills, as well as via a pre- and post-test during the course.  Class size is limited to ensure ample opportunities for individual instruction and practice.  Participants complete the course following successful demonstration of skills throughout the live workshop and will be issued a certificate of completion at the end of the 12-hour workshop.

Please sign and submit this waiver to [email protected] to complete your registration: RHT_NSU Workshop PAMs Waiver

How to Prepare for the Live Workshop

Participants should dress comfortably in layers to permit access to pertinent anatomy (tank top, etc). Participants will be working in groups of four participants per set of PAMs equipment.

Please bring the following items from home for personal use during the workshop:

  • pillow
  • pillowcase
  • towel and facecloth

Access to modality equipment including TENS, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and superficial modalities will be provided.

ADA and Special Requests:

Please contact Right Hand prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

Cancellation Policy

Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to cancel a live workshop with fewer than 28 participants, or due to circumstances outside of its control, and will return all payments. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 45 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00 for administrative fees.)

Day 1   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Morning Session
8:00 – 8:30am Introductions & Pretest
8:30 – 9:15am Tissue Healing & Edema
9:15 – 9:30am Pain Mechanisms
9:30 – 10:15am Introduction to Estim
10:15 – 11:30pm TENS
11:30 – 12:30pm Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Session
12:30 – 2:00pm IFC sensory/motor
2:00 – 3:30pm NMES/FES
3:30 – 4:00pm Clinical Decision Making/Case Studies (Estim)
4:00 – 5:00pm Hot/Cold Modalities

Day 2  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Session only
8:00 – 9:15am Introduction to Ultrasound
9:15 – 11:00am Ultrasound lab
• Pulsed
• Continuous
11:00 – 11:30am Clinical Decision Making/Case Studies (Ultrasound)
11:30 – 12pm Questions/wrap up & Posttest

Parking is free for participants of the workshop.