Online Course
Exploring Cervical Spine Anatomy
Boost your understanding of the anatomy of the cervical spine

1.5-2 hours





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Daphne Xuan
Course instructor

Daphne is a physiotherapist who specialises in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal practice

Primal Pictures
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Primal Pictures strives to deliver best-in-class anatomical solutions that educate, engage and inspire

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The cervical spine supports the weight of the head and enables head and neck movement.  While the cervical spine is only exposed to small weight-bearing loads, it is subject to a number of extrinsic forces such as repetitive movements, whole-body vibrations and static load. As cervical pain and dysfunction are common presenting conditions in clinical practice, clinicians must have a detailed understanding of the anatomy of this region to ensure appropriate assessment and treatment. This course, therefore, provides an in-depth discussion of the cervical spine, including the bony structures, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and vascular supply.


This course aims to explore the functional anatomy of the cervical spine.


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. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, 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 1.3 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:

  • identify the bony and soft tissue components of the cervical spine
  • list the origin, insertion, and roles of at least three cervical muscles and two cervical ligaments
  • identify the main nerves and blood vessels that innervate and supply the cervical spine

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Daphne Xuan: 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
The course enhanced my knowledge about the cervical spine in a short time. It is an excellent way of learning about anatomy in 2-3 hours. I highly recommend this course to students learning about manual therapy techniques involving the cervical spine as the anatomy of the head and neck.
Abuzar Atif