Online Course
Introduction to Rehabilitation
Enhance your understanding of the theory, benefits and global need for rehabilitation services

5-5.5 hours





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This course will focus on developing an understanding of Rehabilitation; what it is, why it is important, and the global need for rehabilitation. It will also examine the health, social and economic benefits of rehabilitation.


The aim of this course is to provide foundational knowledge of rehabilitation, so that you can understand it as a health strategy.


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

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Rehabilitation
  3. Models of Disability and Functioning
  4. Global Needs for Rehabilitation
  5. Benefits of Rehabilitation

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.

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy Clinicians, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers, Community Health Workers, Nurses and Medical Doctors.


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 5-5.5 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 5.2 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:

  • explain what is meant by the term rehabilitation
  • describe conceptual models related to rehabilitation based on a case study
  • discuss the demographic trends triggering the growing need for rehabilitation
  • describe five benefits of rehabilitation


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

Featured reviews
Physioplus offers an opportunity to enhance your knowledge about rehabilitation. It provides the best clinical practise for your clients to optimize their body function and improve their participation in the community.
Physical Therapist
The course provides a good source of advocating for integrating rehabilitation in health care. It is a chance for non-medical and medical health policymakers to understand the importance of rehabilitation services. It also helps rehabilitation professionals to introduce their services to the community. The course helps them advocate for better rehabilitation regulations in their respective regions.
Ehab Elkhatib
This course is very insightful. Rehabilitation needs are unmet all over the world, and there isn't enough attention given to this public health problem. Taking this course would help you know how you can solve this ubiquitous problem.
Ikeoluwa Rotibi
This course challenges your perspectives on rehabilitation. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the essential requirements for rehabilitation while providing evidence-based ideas related to successful rehabilitation. The presenters integrate resources to identify unique rehabilitation needs in different regions, clinical decision-making models and the WHO's Rehabilitation 2030 call for action. The participant leaves reflecting on the future of rehabilitation across the globe.
Larisa Hoffman
Physical Therapist
United States
Amazing course, I have been having loopholes concerning rehabilitation and now I have a more burning desire and confidence in pursuing and completing my bachelor's in Physiotherapy!
This course should be included as a module/ course unit in every health professional training institution.
Henry Gabigogo
This course is exciting and very interesting! It provides easy online learning with many videos from experts in the related domain, testimonies and demonstration. Some new information related to rehabilitation was new for me. I recommend all rehab professionals to take this course!
Jimmy Alphonse MASENGESHO
I would 100% recommend Physioplus! This is a well-designed course with insightful information. You will complete this course feeling intellectually rewarded!
Maria Naude
United States
This course is a powerful reminder of who we are and our purpose as "rehabilitators". I am encouraged to continue to practice my profession as I am reminded of how much we have to offer to this world!
Trinidad And Tobago
I am a nurse practitioner in Kenya. I am very happy with this online course! Every rehabilitation professional should participate in this course as it can shape the face of rehabilitation and the perspective of rehabilitation to both the clients and the healthcare professionals. THANK YOU!
kipkirui peter
This is one of the most important courses that should be done by all health care providers, not only the physiotherapists. I learned valuable principles of rehabilitation during this course. I'm looking forward to sharing my experience with my colleagues and apply it in my workplace.
Darine Alem
This course has greatly brought insight into the aspects that are majorly neglected in Africa during rehabilitation. This will change my current practice!
Profession not set
I like how detailed everything is! The videos have transcripts that provide more understanding especially if English is not your first language. I like how they attached resources on each topic so it is easier to track
Precious Pearl Luis
Occupational Therapist
I thoroughly enjoyed this course! It was a great way to consolidate the information I already knew and to gather new information on the topic of Rehabilitation. The course was very well outlined. The course page had a logical flow and I could easily follow my progress which meant I didn't miss out on any of the activities/study material I was supposed to complete. The course content was relevant and presented in a concise manner. I felt the course length was appropriate. I am very grateful to everyone who was involved in creating this course.
Indunil Liyanage
I have really enjoyed the course! Although I have always considered my unit to be providing comprehensive clinical care, the course has indicated to me how much more we still need to add for our patient population being managed for chronic medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS. The course is indeed insightful on what rehabilitation is and how much it can supplement patient care!
Isaac Lwanga
Doctor of Medicine
I really enjoyed this course - the variety in delivery modes made the time fly by!!
Jason Williams
This is the best, organized course I've ever attended!
Dr.Monisha Jayanth
This is an amazing course! All medical, health and social care professionals need to take the time to do this course. Trust me it is worth it!
Hussein Ahmed Ngabo
Occupational Therapist
I enjoyed participating in this course. It's really holistic and eye-opening!