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

20-22 hours





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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

Melanie Harding (Skeen)
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Wendy Oelofse
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Candace Vermaak
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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. 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.


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 20-22 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 17.5 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.