DOT Exam SPECIALIST

Primary Care & Aesthetics in Cypress, TX

DOT Exam
DOT Exam services offered in Cypress, TX

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. Corinne Copeland, MSN, RN, FNP-C, APRN, and the team at Real Nurturing Family Practice in Cypress, Texas, are certified in DOT exams and have experience filling out the required paperwork. To schedule your DOT exam, request an appointment time online that fits into your schedule, or call the office directly.

When do I need a DOT exam?

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 exam 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 exam?

A DOT exam is similar to a routine physical exam. Your DOT exam 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 Real Nurturing Family Practice has providers certified to perform DOT exams, 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 exam?

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

  • Have 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
  • Have a letter from your cardiologist with your medical history if you have heart problems

If you wear hearing aids or corrective lenses, including contacts, make sure you have them with you. The team at Real Nurturing Family Practice needs to ensure you can pass the basic hearing and vision screenings while wearing your assistive devices. 

Book your next DOT exam at Real Nurturing Family Practice by requesting an appointment online or by calling the office.