PAMPCA's Mission

The mission of Physical Agent Modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, LLC (PAMPCA), is to provide a credentialing process that includes the necessary education, testing, and monitoring of clinical preparedness for practitioners who want to use physical agent modalities in their practice. In doing so, the public is able to identify those healthcare professionals who are qualified to use physical agent modalities as part of their routine practice.

PAMPCA, LLC, was established to educate practitioners in the proper, safe and judicious use of physical agent modalities in the treatment of their clients. PAMPCA provides the education, testing and awarding of an initial credential for physical agent modalities use to practitioners. It has created an innovative, structured educational system leading to certifying individuals for using physical agent modalities. This education process is provided through web-based instructional media, a two-day workshop and supervised clinical experience. To date, hundreds of occupational therapy practitioners have successfully completed this certification program offered by PAMPCA, LLC, and are approved by their respective states to legally use physical agent modalities.

Al Bracciano MSA, EdD, CPAM, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Alfred Bracciano is recognized for his knowledge and education in physical agent modalities and musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and has presented extensively both nationally and internationally. Dr. Bracciano was the Founding Chair and Professor of the Occupational Therapy Department in Saginaw Valley State University and has served as an Associate Clinical Professor at Stony Brook University. He is an Associate Professor at Creighton University and Director of the Entry-Level Distance Pathway at University of Alaska-Anchorage; and was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China and Lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Bracciano has served as a content expert for the U.S. Department of Defense and for the American Occupational Therapy Association. He is the author of, Physical Agent Modalities: Theory and Application for the OT, co-authored the AOTA Position Statement on PAMS (2003, 2008, and 2012), authored a number of book chapters and published in a variety of journals on physical agent modalities and research.

Dr. Bracciano has had an active private practice with over 25 years of extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings and patient populations including adults, pediatrics, orthopedic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Research interests include use of the Interactive Metronome with neurological and autistic spectrum populations as well as with the well elderly, cranial electrical stimulation in the treatment of PTSD, use of Integrated Listening Systems with autistic spectrum children and neuromuscular electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation.

Dr. Bracciano has consulted, lectured and presented extensively throughout the US and internationally with a focus in the Asian Pacific region including Southern and Northern China and South Korea.


Dr. Scott McPhee is the inaugural Dean, School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to coming to IWU, Dr. McPhee was the Associate Dean for the College of Health Sciences and Nursing, Chair of the School of Occupational Therapy, and Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. He served in that capacity for 18 years. He also has served as the Occupational Therapy Chair at College Misericordia (Dallas, PA) and the Academy of Health Sciences (San Antonio, TX). He has worked as an occupational therapy practitioner, manager and educator for 40 years. Prior to his academic career, he spent 21 years as an Army occupational therapist retiring in 1994 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His area of practice expertise is orthopedics and clinical research.

He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Physical Agent Modalities Practitioners Credentialing Agency, LLC (PAMPCA, LLC). Dr McPhee has written over 25 journal articles and book chapters. His eclectic research interests includes kinesiology, defining wellness in our oldest adult population, identifying changes in pressure distributions in wheelchair users at various tilt and recline positions and seating cushion interfaces through pressure mapping, and studying the limbic system’s response to various music venues using different sound systems.

Nationally recognized for his knowledge on the use of physical agent modalities in rehabilitation, Dr. McPhee regularly teaches workshops on this topic across the United States.