The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fundamentals for Advanced Practice Providers Certificate Program was developed as a collaborative education activity by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).This program was developed to supplement on-the-job training and provides advanced practice clinicians online access to a convenient, comprehensive, foundational OEM program. Presented by AANP and ACOEM experts in the field, these CE activities offer learners the essential knowledge necessary to practice professionally in any occupational health setting, including urgent care, primary care, industry-based clinics, employee health, corporate health and more. By completing this foundational OEM program, NPs and other clinicians can increase their understanding of OEM’s many facets, improve their clinical skills and more fully develop the leadership abilities needed to manage the care of the worker.
The certificate program consists of seven modules, each dealing with a different aspect of occupational health practice. NPs and other advanced practice providers may earn 30 contact hours of CE credit by completing all seven modules. Each module includes between four and six one-hour presentations and support material on essential OEM topics. Upon completion of all seven modules and the full 30 hours of CE credit, participants will be eligible to receive an AANP Certificate of Advanced Practice Education in Occupational Health. The certificate of academic achievement demonstrates to employers, workers and peers their commitment as a clinician in the OEM field.
Full Certificate Program Overview
|OEM Policy and Regulatory Essentials
|The Worker in the Workplace
|The Infectious Disease Roundtable
|Safety and Environmental Impacts
|The Basic Hazards and Protections
Total Worker Health® - A New Look at the Safety, Health,
and Well-being of Workers
L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
This presentation provides an overview of the NIOSH Total Worker Health®, defining it and giving useful examples of its application for common worker challenges. This expanded approach to the health and well-being of workers provides new strategies for optimizing safety, growing worker engagement, and increasing meaningful work. The course also defines the role of the occupational health nurse practitioner in implementing Total Worker Health strategies and programs for workers, and advances evidence-based health protection and health promotion interventions, including clinical and work-based programs, policies and practices to positively impact population health in the workplace. The presentation also covers the use of surveys, record-keeping systems, health metrics, worker well-being measures as part of a TWH program.
- Define the role of the occupational health nurse practitioner in implementing Total Worker Health strategies and programs for workers.
- Advance evidence-based health protection and health promotion interventions, including clinical and work-based programs, policies and practices to positively impact population health and safety in the workplace.
- Structure record-keeping systems to track health metrics, other worker well-being measures, and the value of/return on investment.
Healthcare and Violence - What Do You Need to Know?
Michael J. Hodgson, MD, MPH
In this section, Dr. Hodgson will present an overview of workplace violence in healthcare. He will discuss critical knowledge for self-protection, describe necessary elements for programs, and provide guidance on The Joint Commission requirements for evaluation of programs.
- Evaluate whether your home institution has resources necessary to keep providers safe.
- Understand components of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.
- Able to use a checklist developed by The Joint Commission to evaluate own system.
The Impaired Employee
Karl Auerbach MD, MS, MBA, FACOEM
In this session we will discuss some of the factors that enter into recognizing and dealing with impairments of various kinds that present in the workplace. Impairment takes many forms including physical, mental and emotional as well as impairment due to drugs. The session will give an overview of how these impairments impact workers and how to deal with them.
- Understand what impairment is and what contributes to impairment.
- Developing a drug-free policy and implementing the program.
- Understand the steps necessary to Identify, monitor, manage, educate, or refer employees in mental health crisis or with potential substance abuse issues.
- Recognize the legal requirements of drug testing.
- Future of workplace drug testing.
Causation Determination and Impairment Evaluations
in Occupational Medicine
Sajjad A. Savul, MD, MS, FACOEM
Causation Determination is one of the cornerstones of assessing and managing work -related injuries and other conditions. Occupational Medicine clinicians are often asked for their opinion on work-relatedness. Such determination is not only important to evaluate an injured worker but may also be beneficial for other workers who may be similarly exposed to a hazard or situation. Several relevant guidelines (NIOSH, ACOEM) and regulations (OSHA, State) are available for occupational medicine clinicians to help determine causation. The first half of this presentation will review several aspects of causation determination.
In the second half, we will familiarize ourselves with the process of Impairment Ratings. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is generally considered the Standard in impairment evaluation. Ratings are used in workers' compensation systems, federal systems, automobile casualty and personal injury cases. Key differences between impairment & disability, aggravation & exacerbation, and apportionment, will be addressed. Even though many occupational medicine providers are not specifically asked for impairment ratings, understanding the basic concepts in impairment methodology would help us clinicians in the overall workers’ compensation care.
- Learn how to determine work causation in occupational injury or illness.
- Familiarize with ACOEM guidelines on workers' compensation.
- Review some of the state and other regulatory guidance on causation in workers compensation.
|October 31, 2025 (11:55 p.m. CT)
CE for this activity will not be available after this date.
| This activity includes closed captioning.
This activity is approved for 4.00 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.00 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners®. Activity ID# 23106401. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has received accreditation from American Medical Association (AMA) for this activity and is offering the activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. If you would prefer to earn AMA CME credit, you can sign up for this same program through ACOEM.
How to Complete this Activity
- Read this activity description, including objectives and disclosures.
- Complete all 4 sections of educational content:
- OnDemand Presentations: Click the Play button to watch the activity video lecture. To get full credit for the learning activity portion, you must watch all of the video content in each section.
- Click on the Additional Resources button to review all additional materials provided (handouts and any other downloadable resources).
- Click on the Next Steps button of each section. Click on the "Get Certificate" button that appears at the bottom of the Next Steps window. This will show a brief "Thank You" message and direct learners to continue to the next section.
- After completing all 4 sections of educational content, go to the parent module of the activity (top block in the activity group) and click on the Next Steps button:
- Submit the overall activity evaluation to receive full AANP CE/Rx credit.
- Click on the Get Certificate button. At the top of the certificate screen, use the provided dropdown menu and select OEM Fundamentals for Advanced Practice Providers Module Certificate.
- A copy of your certificate of completion will display on the screen for you to print or save. A copy of the certificate will also be emailed to you.
- PROGRAM CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: If you complete all 7 modules of this program, you will have the option to receive a non-credit-bearing program themed certificate of completion demonstrating the completion of all requirements of the full program. In order to claim the overall program certificate, you will need to have all 7 participation codes from the completion of each module (these can be found in the dark blue box at the bottom of each module certificate of completion). Go to the following link: [PROGRAM CERTIFICATE ONLY] Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fundamentals for Advanced Practice Providers and register this product to your activities list (registration is free). Once this activity is registered to you, locate it on your CE Activities list and click on the blue "Next Steps" button. You will be asked to provide all 7 participation codes and fill out a short evaluation. Completion of both of these requirements will award the final program certificate. A copy will be emailed to you and will also be stored in your CE Tracker.
Note: This is a multi-section series that enforces linear completion of section content. The certificate of completion will only be awarded for this activity after ALL sections of the activity have been successfully completed AND the final evaluation (located on the parent module) has been completed. No partial credit will be awarded.
Disclosure and Disclaimer InformationAdditional Information
This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.
All Planners have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- L. Casey Chosewood
- Dr. Chosewood is an employee of the US Federal Government: Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
- Dr. Chosewood has no additional disclosures to report and no conflicts of interest.
- Michael J. Hodgson
- Karl Auerbach
- This presentation represents my personal views, not necessarily those of ACOEM, my employer or any governmental entity.
- I have no known financial conflicts of interest.
- I have no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this presentation.
- I will not be discussing "off label" uses of any medications.
- Sajjad A. Savul
- I have no conflict of interest to report.
- I have no known personal or immediate family’s relevant financial relationship(s) to report.
- The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter based on current literature and provided references.
Individuals who have contributed to the CE Center were carefully selected for their knowledge and experience in the subject area under review. This presentation is informational only and may contain opinions of the authors from their personal experience that do not necessarily express the opinions of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Clinical practice is a constantly changing process and new information becomes available every day. Neither AANP nor the contributing individuals can warrant that the material will continue to be accurate, nor do they warrant that the material is completely free of errors upon publication. Attendees and participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.
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