Physical Assessment for the Occupational Health Nurse – Fall 2024

OCTOBER 10 – DECEMBER 31, 2024

Jointly provided by:
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)

This course consists of lectures to provide the occupational health nurse with knowledge needed to assess the physical health status of individuals specific to a variety of occupational health settings. Body organs and systems to be covered include: the skin, head, ears, eyes, nose, throat and the respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological systems. Information related to collecting a medical history, documenting findings and adherence to HIPAA regulations will also be included.


  • Virtual hybrid course
  • On-Demand lectures released on October 10, 2024
  • Three “Discussion with the Instructor” sessions via Zoom
  • Recorded lectures and notes are hosted in Canvas, a learning management system. Lectures cannot be downloaded. However, the presentation notes can be downloaded.

Who Should Attend
This program is intended for occupational health nurses or other clinicians who provide direct health care services for workers. This program should be particularly valuable for service providers staffing medical stations or clinics within worksite facilities or plants.

Course Schedule and General Information

Week 1
Discussion with the Instructor (October 23, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm ET)
Topics include:

  1. General Approaches
  2. Interviewing
  3. Documentation
  4. Dermatologic System

Week 2
Discussion with the Instructor Discussion with the Instructor (October 30, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm ET)
Topics include:

  1. HEENT
  2. Cardiovascular & Peripheral Vascular System
  3. Respiratory System
  4. Gastrointestinal Systems

Week 3:
Discussion with the Instructor Discussion with the Instructor (November 6, 2024 – 6:00-7:30pm ET)
Topics include:

  1. Musculoskeletal Assessment
  2. Neurological Assessment
  3. Putting It All Together

Discussion with Instructor includes:

  1. Question and Answer session
  2. Case studies
  3. Supplemental material
  4. “Peer to Peer Discussion”

Suggested Reading
The textbook, “Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum – 5th Edition,” is available for purchase and is an excellent supplement to your studies.

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Please note that this textbook is NOT included with your course registration, and is NOT required reading for this course.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is additionally approved as a CNE provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#CEP9283). In the past this course has been approved for 19.25 CNE.

To complete the course and receive 19.25 CNE credits, course participants are required to:

  • view all course videos / content
  • complete all assignments
  • complete and submit the final course evaluation

To receive your course certificate, certifying the CNE credits earned, you must indicate that you would like to receive a certificate on the last page of the final course evaluation. The course evaluation will be anonymous.  However, when you request a certificate a new survey will be initiated that will collect your name and email address. Please note that certificates are not immediately generated. It may take up to a few weeks to receive a copy of your certificate. If you need a copy of your certificate immediately upon course completion, please email after you’ve completed the final course evaluation.

Registration Fee:
Regular registration: $700
Early-bird registration: $600 until September 25th, 2024

Cancellation Policy:
Written cancellation notification must be received no later than October 1, 2024 in order to qualify for a refund, less $75.00 administrative fee. Substitute attendees are welcome. In the unlikely event that this program must be cancelled, the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizers.

Course Comments from Former Attendees:

  • “Great information for the occupational health nursing setting.”
  • “I always love a great review – this was amazing!”
  • “This was a good review of an overall head to toe assessment.”
  • “I will start doing more comprehensive assessments.”
  • “Excellent! Great review. Learned a lot! Great resources!”
  • “Great information, reviews, updates, and new assessment tips.”
  • “This was a wonderful seminar I would recommend to any nurse I know. Great info from everyone. I learned a lot of new useful techniques.”
  • “I am new to occupational nursing. This presentation provided very thorough assessment information that I can use in both my occupational health job and as my ER nursing role, too.”
  • “Very appropriate to my clinical setting.”
  • “The presenters gave good information references from textbooks, slides, and personal work experiences.”
  • “I feel like I have more assessment tools to help me better evaluate employees/patients so that I can more quickly recognize possible referral needs.”
  • “I can be more confident with the assessments. Excellent info and presentations.”

Contact Us:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or 734-763-2243