DOT Physicals Specialist

Missouri River Healthcare

Family Practice located in Great Falls, MT

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or frequently drive commercial vehicles across state lines, you’re going to need regular Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. The team at Missouri River Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana are certified in DOT physicals and have experience filling out the required paperwork. With flexible scheduling available for DOT physicals, you can simply request an appointment online that fits into your schedule, or call the clinic to book.

DOT Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a DOT physical?

If you drive commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, or have a commercial driver’s license — or both — you likely need Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals every 24 months. These exams must include certain health evaluations to ensure you’re in good enough health to drive and must be administered by DOT-approved practitioners.

It’s also common to need a DOT physical more frequently than every 24 months if you have a chronic condition. If you have high blood pressure, for instance, your practitioner can issue a medical examiner’s certificate that shows that you’re currently under medical care for the known condition and are working to resolve the health issue.

What happens during a DOT physical?

A DOT physical is similar to a routine physical exam. Your DOT physical may include checking your:

  • Height and weight to determine your body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure and heart rhythm
  • Lungs and respiratory function
  • Hearing and vision
  • Neurological responses
  • Blood and urine

Since the physicians and nurse practitioners at Missouri River Healthcare are certified to perform DOT physicals, they can fill out all of your essential paperwork and help you with managing chronic diseases that require a medical examiner’s certificate.

How do I prepare for a DOT physical?

It’s important to bring your driver’s license and paperwork with you to your DOT physical at Missouri River Healthcare. If possible, fill out your health history questionnaire section before your visit, just to minimize your wait time during your appointment. You should also:

  • Bring a list of current prescriptions and dosages
  • Supply your most recent lab results for your A1C test if you’re diabetic
  • Write down all over-the-counter and dietary supplements you take
  • Bring a letter from your cardiologist with your medical history if you have heart problems

If you wear hearing aids or corrective lenses, including contacts, bring them in with you. Your dedicated DOT practitioner needs to ensure you can pass the basic hearing and vision screenings while wearing your assistive devices.

The team at Missouri River Healthcare offers flexible scheduling for DOT physicals. Book yours by requesting an appointment online or by calling the office.