Online Course
General Physiotherapy Examination in an Outpatient Setting
Learn the key aspects of an outpatient physiotherapy assessment

2-2.5 hours





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Nick Rainey
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Nick is a physical therapist with a passion for teaching and mentoring and evidence-based management of his patients

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A number of therapists battle with the structure of their clinical examination. It can be useful to develop standard practice protocols. Following these protocols means that you reduce the chance of a poor outcome. These protocols should be specific to your patient demographic. This will help you guide your patient effectively and ensure important steps aren’t missed during the assessment.


The aim of this course is to develop your confidence to conduct a thorough physiotherapy assessment in an outpatient setting.


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

  1. Video 1: General Examination in an Outpatient Setting
  2. Video 2: Upper Extremity Sensation Testing
  3. Video 3: Lower Extremity Sensation Testing
  4. Video 4: Hoffman's Reflex Testing
  5. Video 5: Ankle Clonus Test
  6. Video 6: Deep Tendon Reflex and Upper Motor Neuron Testing
  7. Video 7: Myotome Testing
  8. Reading activity
  9. 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 2-2.5 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 screening tools and measures for patients in an outpatient setting
  • describe five basic assessment tests to incorporate into your physiotherapy assessment
  • select appropriate tests to include in your physiotherapy assessment

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

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
I immensely enjoyed the format of this course and will be doing further courses presented by this instructor.
Annmarie Dundas-Edwards
Physical Therapist
United States
It is a great course. Nick did an excellent job of highlighting some key components of the assessment.
Chikamso Atuh
United Kingdom