With the high presence of occupational injuries and the complex processes behind them, physician assistants, as front-line healthcare practitioners, will need occupational medicine skillsets to make quick diagnoses related to occupational injuries and navigate complex worker’s compensation processes.

Further, occupational medicine workers must contend with COVID-19 and related challenges caused by the pandemic while facing numerous threats to their occupational health. These threats range from the direct exposure to the virus to conflicts between work and family demands.

The goal of this industry-specific, certificate program in Occupational Medicine for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) is to provide the tools and knowledge to participants who wish to learn about “best practices” and evidence-based medicine. This course will have an emphasis on workers’ compensation, patient needs, and their medical care under the current pandemic.


• Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and most common occupational risks to health and safety to which health workers are exposed, including culture, attitude, recordable injuries, documentation, and workers compensation
• Have a better understanding of evaluation of people who were previously mobile but are now housebound due to COVID-19 isolation.
• How to properly evaluate upper and lower extremity injuries that can be due to lack of mobility.
• Effectively serve patients who are injured on the job to reduce the time, needed to return to work.
• Serve patients on workers comp with evidence-based treatment plan
• Significantly reduce the cost involved in treatment plan and to expedite the time involved in returning patients back to work.
• Will help professionals serve patients better so that patients are able to access occupational medicine without traveling outside of the region.

Physician Assistants and other allied health professionals authorized to provide occupational medicine services to patients at the area hospitals

No prerequisites required.


Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use the UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 003599. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. The minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.
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Edinburg Course Information

Lecture: TBA
Labs: TBA


Lecture: TBA
Labs: TBA

450 hrs


Lecture: Online via Zoom*
Labs: Edinburg CESS Building


$ 2,000

* Lecture components of this class will occur online via Zoom. Labs will be scheduled in person.

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