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Pre-Employment Physical Exams

A pre-employment (post-offer) physical exam is typically ordered by an employer and performed by a physician/practitioner at a clinic to ensure the prospective employer that the candidate/employee is physically able to perform the requirements of the job.


The physical exam generally is quick and includes vital signs and a brief exam of the patient’s physical condition. This includes cardio-vascular assessment, muscular/skeletal and neuro assessment and often respiratory assessment. In some cases, more extensive assessments and testing may be requested or completed depending on the requirements of the position.

A typical pre-employment physical exam is very general, and usually takes between 15-20 minutes – not including any additional tests that might be performed.


A questionnaire is usually filled out prior to the exam – see the sample below.

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