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Police Medical Exam – What to Expect & What It Means

Police Medical Exam &  Physical Test – What to Expect & What It Means

police 250x251 Police Medical Exam   What to Expect & What It MeansI check my search log almost every day to see what people are typing into google to land on my website. One topic that seems to be popular lately is the police pre-employment medical exam and/or police physical test. Let me just congratulate you right now because if you are being sent to take a medical exam , there is a good chance you will be hired.

The truth is only a select few make it all the way to the medical examination process. If you are at this stage you’ve probably already gotten a conditional job offer or you are likely to get one soon pending your drug screen and medical exam results.

The purpose of the medical examination is to look you over from head to toe. It’s normally administered right before you head to the police training academy. The agency wants to make sure you don’t have any physical ailments that will prevent you from completing various tasks at the academy. The last thing they want to do is get sued.

You will be sized up and poked like you’re a piece of meat, but don’t take offense as every cop has had to go through it. The police department is investing a lot of money in you. As a result, they want to make certain you are physically able to perform the job.

The pre-exam instructions usually require that you do not consume any food or drinks twelve hours prior to the time of your appointment (water is ok). Normally, this medical exam takes roughly 2-3 hours.

The Medical Exam consists of the following:

  • Initial Questionnaire
  • Follow-up of Questionnaire
  • Audiogram
  • Titmus Vision Testing
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Chest x-ray
  • EKG (Electrocardiogram)
  • Kraus Weber Test
  • Industrial Battery
  • Venipuncture
  • Mantoux (Tuberculosis screen)
  • Hepatitis B Antibody Screen
  • Cardiopulmonary Stress Test
  • Graded Exercise Test (GXT) which consists of walking on a treadmill. Assessed are heart rate, blood pressure, symptoms, and EKG.
  • No food or smoking two hours prior to your GXT exam. This will take roughly 45 minutes. Keep in mind you must bring appropriate work-out attire for the exam.

Other exams that will probably take place during this phase:

  • Drug Screen Test
  • Psychological evaluation (the psych test will probably take place at a different date and time)
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Officer Forestal has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, 8 years law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the 2002 Police Corps, where he was recognized as an expert shooter. Former Collegiate all-American, certifield personal trainer and author of several fitness and police related books such as the Police Oral Interview Secrets, and Police Exam For Dummies. As a Law Enforcement enthusiast, E.L. has helped hundreds of candidates "ACE" their respective entrance exam and the oral board interview. Learn More...


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2 Responses so far.

  1. James says:

    Is having hep c a disqualification?

  2. Joanna says:

    I wantef to knw do you have to get in college and do the criminal justice program in order to go to the academy or can you just start the academy with out any college?