Physical Agent Modality Certification
This is not a mandatory certification, however, in order to administer Physical Agent Modalities, Licensed Occupational Therapists/Occupational Therapy Assistants MUST obtain certification.
Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs) means modalities that produce a biophysiological response through the use of water, temperature, sound, electricity, or mechanical devices.
Occupational Therapy Assistants may only be certified to set up and implement superficial thermal agent modalities. Occupational Therapists can be certified in one, a combination, or all three types of physical modality certifications.