Online Course
Comprehensive Spinal Cord Injury Programme
Improve your understanding of the holistic rehabilitation of persons with SCI

40-42 hours





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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

Melanie Harding (Skeen)
Course instructor
Wendy Oelofse
Course instructor
Candace Vermaak
Course instructor
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This comprehensive, up-to-date programme on Spinal cord injury (SCI) will cover an overview of SCI, respiratory considerations, general assessment and management. Physical activity for persons with SCI will be discussed in detail and more SCI topics will be added at a later date. These courses will be invaluable to any rehabilitation professional working with patients or clients with SCI.


The aim of this programme is to provide an in-depth view of the holistic rehabilitation of a person with a spinal cord injury


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Overview of Spinal Cord Injury
  2. Respiratory Management Following a Spinal Cord Injury
  3. Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapy Assessment, Prognosis and Goal Setting
  4. Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapy Treatment Principles
  5. Spinal Cord Injury - Benefits, Barriers and Guidelines for Physical Activity
  6. Spinal Cord Injury - Starting Community-Based Physical Activity Groups in Low-Resource Environments
  7. Strength and Conditioning in Spinal Cord Injury
  8. The Role of Occupational Therapy in Acute Spinal Cord Injury
  9. Upper Limb Management in Upper Tetraplegia
  10. Upper Limb Management in Lower Tetraplegia
  11. Upper Limb Positioning and Management Strategies in Spinal Cord Injury
  12. Preventing Upper Limb Pain and Injury in Spinal Cord Injury
  13. General Principles of Spasticity Management in Spinal Cord Injury
  14. ADL, Self-Care, and Home Modifications for People With Spinal Cord Injury
  15. Bladder and Bowel Considerations with Spinal Cord Injury
  16. Introduction to Gait Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injury
  17. more courses will be added in the future

Target audience

This programme 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 40-42 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 40 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses 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. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Melanie Harding (Skeen): No financial relationships disclosed by instructor.
Non-financial disclosure: Melanie Harding is the Chairman of SASCA (Southern African Spinal Cord Association)

Wendy Oelofse: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.

Candace Vermaak: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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