DOT Certified Physical Exams Serving Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis MN

Advacare Clinics, located in Bloomington, MN is a local medical facility that’s legally qualified to complete DOT physical examinations. If you are located in Bloomington, Edina or Richfield MN we are here to serve you. It’s a new day in the realm of commercial driving; the requirements for DOT certification have become increasingly strict, for commercial motor vehicle operators, company owners and even healthcare professionals.

It’s important that everyone is well prepared for initial certifications and re-certifications. Below is a helpful aid, to increase understanding and help you “get your ducks in a row” for a fast examination. Lets get you in the clinic and back on the road, in no time!

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Local DOT Physical Examinations

If you’re a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver/operator or company looking for an experienced and considerate healthcare provider who can get you or multiple drivers an appointment quickly and preform the required testing efficiently, Advacare is your solution. We are conveniently located at the intersection of 494 and 100, in Bloomington, MN and our parking lot has ample space, so feel free to bring your rigs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) legally requires that a certified medical examiner preforms a physical exam, which will ensure the CMV driver’s health meets the necessary standards. The examination preformed is essentially a ‘fitness for duty’ screening. Advacare is qualified, experienced and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners; National Registry #: 2119968692.

Why Choose Advacare For the DOT Physical Examination?

  • Drug Screening
  • Conveniently located
  • Offer support by phone and online (952-835-6653)
  • Knowledgeable about specific requirements

What is the Medical Examiner Looking For?

The DOT physical exam helps verify that a commercial driver doesn’t have any injuries, conditions or past surgeries that could pose a threat to the public’s safety. The exam consists of simple screenings that test and determine if the driver’s capable of meeting the physical and mental demands of operating a vehicle and transporting materials over long distances. The exam also evaluates if drivers are taking any medications, whether doctor prescribed or over the counter, that deems them unfit to be behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.

The DOT Physical Examination Tests the Following:

Hearing

On the road, hearing is a valuable tool, it helps indicate traffic and road conditions. Unusual sounds could be a signal that the vehicle’s performance is hindered; without the ability to notice these signs, it could lead to a major safety concern. It’s also important in the communication aspect of the job. (It’s possible to pass the hearing portion with a hearing aid, with strict requirements).

Proper Vehicle Operation

The capability to operate every aspect of the vehicle is crucial for safe travels. This portion of the testing focuses on muscle, reflex and sensory abilities. It also measures range of motion, grasping and the coordination of multiple movements and limbs in a united fashion. (With proper devices and equipment, it’s possible to pass the operation portion with the loss of a limb or other impairment.)

Continuous Awareness and Mental Stability

When driving commercially it’s critical to be able to keep alert for extensive periods of time; which is why tests to determine awareness and stability are necessary. The road is not always easy and many times requires problem solving, maneuvering and making quick, responsible decisions; while also being able to stay awake, calm and attentive. It’s the drivers responsibility to come up with a plan of action when circumstances arise.

Uninterrupted Control

It’s essential to remain in control at all times, which is why there are medical test that can determine your state of awareness. Also, uninterrupted control means being able to consciously make the decision to pull off the road, if necessary. Being aware of the state you are in is not only for the safety of yourself but also the other travelers on the road.

Physical Endurance

Loading, unloading and sitting for long periods of time comes with the job. It’s important that a commercial vehicle driver has a large range of motion, ability to lift, bend, squat and be able to extend arms over their head. This section of the exam will test a variety of motions required for success in the commercial operations field.

Our Guide to a Stress-Free, Fast Physical Exam

Items you NEED to Bring to the DOT Physical Exam:

  • State photo identification, drivers license is recommended
  • A full bladder, we need a urine specimen (or you’ll be staying until you can provide one)
  • If you are re-certifying, you need to bring your current/expired medical card
  • If you wear glasses, contacts or use hearing aids, bring them
  • A list of all procedures, medications or healthcare related documents for the past 5 years
  • Any waivers or exemptions for any medical reasons
  • Any medical releases, information or documentation for any illnesses, conditions or injuries you have been treated for in your past or present
  • If you use a CPAP – you must bring a log of usage of 1 year and provide the last time you have been examined by a doctor, for it’s use

A Timely Physical Exam

It’s better to be over-prepared, than under-prepared! Regardless, we’ll work with you to make this examination as easy and quick as possible. A non-complicated DOT physical exam can be completed withing 30-45 minutes. Major factors in the length of the exam are the amount of documentation needed, provided to us and how well it’s organized.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any conditions concerning your health history, bring documents, releases and any other medical forms associated.

Important Health History

Below is a list of medical conditions that will require information:

  • Any Illness or Injury within 5 years
  • Brain or Head Disorders, Illnesses or Injuries
  • Seizures
  • Eye or Ear Disorders or Impairment
  • Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Heart Surgery, Stroke or Paralysis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Muscular Disease
  • Lung Disease, Asthma, Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis
  • Kidney or Liver Disease or Dialysis
  • Digestive Problems
  • Diabetes or Blood Sugar that needs to be Controlled
  • Intense Depression, Nervous or Psychiatric Disorders
  • Any Changes in Consciousness, Dizziness or Fainting
  • Sleep Disorders or Loud Snoring
  • Loss or Impairment of Limb
  • Spinal Issues
  • Chronic Pain in Lower Back
  • Drug Use or Frequent Alcohol Use

Required Information for the Above Conditions:

  • The Specific Diagnosis and the Date it Occurred
  • Physician’s Contact Information and Address/li>
  • Any Related Limitations
  • Medications

It’s very important that any and all, past or current medical conditions, examinations, procedures, clinic visits and treatments you have experienced, in the past 5 years, be documented and brought into our office at the time of the exam. This screening relies heavily on documentation and paper-trails. If you have any medications, prescriptions or supplements we need the following information:

  • Dosage
  • Length of time prescribed
  • The date it was last renewed by a doctor
  • The last date we examined you for the use of it

And remember: these are the FMCSA's rules, not ours.

We Can Help

Make sure to be honest and forthcoming about any past or current conditions. We are dedicated to working with you by providing you with the new requirements, so that this process can be as pleasant and quick as possible. We are happy to answer any questions specific to you, give us a call at 952-835-6653. We also offer online programs that can help you complete a portion of what we need through our website.

As a qualified Medical Examiner, the result of this visit could be any one of the following:

  • Driver certification for two years
  • Driver certification for a limited time (6 months, 1 year, etc.)
  • Disqualification that is temporary, due to a medication, condition or lack of documentation
  • Disqualification that is permanent

Employers, TPA's, HR Directors, looking for industrial health solutions for your company(s)? Please contact us at: drdennis@advacaremn.com to schedule a free 15-minute phone consult to see how we can help you. Our usual consulting rates are $200.00 per hour. We will also bid projects.

We hope this helps you with the preparations for your physical exam. Contact Advacare Clinics today at 952-835-6653, if you still have any questions or to schedule a complete medical assessment for you or an entire CDL company.