Online Course
Assessing Range of Motion
Enhance your understanding of the principles and methods of the range of motion assessment

1.5-2 hours





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Tarina van der Stockt
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Tarina is a Physiotherapist and the Education Director at Physiopedia Plus

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Range of motion (ROM) is a fundamental part of human movement and is essential for functional mobility. Dysfunction of the neural or musculoskeletal systems may lead to joint hypomobility or hypermobility. The range of motion assessment helps clinicians identify what may be limiting joint mobility, such as the bony structure or connective tissues, including tendons, ligaments or the joint capsule. As such, the range of motion assessment forms an integral part of patient assessment. This course discusses the range of motion assessment and the principles and procedures required to develop competency for goniometry assessment.


This course aims to provide foundational knowledge on the range of motion assessment.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Optional Practical Activity and Case Study Discussion
  4. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the key features of active, active-assisted, and passive range of motion and end-feel
  • identify at least three factors that can impact range of motion
  • describe at least three principles that guide the assessment and measurement of range of motion

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Tarina van der Stockt: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was excellent, especially the pictorial views on how to measure the ROM of different joints.