Online Course
Prematurity and High-Risk Infants
Understand care requirements for a preterm infant

2-2.5 hours





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Krista Eskay
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Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher

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There are an estimated 15 million preterm births every year. Preterm babies move from a "stable environment" in utero to a very transient medical environment; development that normally occurs in pregnancy must happen outside the womb in preterm babies. Preterm infants are at high risk for various complications. Thus, they require specialised care to ensure the best outcome. This course provides an overview of normal gestational development, care for premature infants and complications that can arise from preterm birth.


This course aims to introduce conditions associated with preterm birth and explore how to optimise environmental conditions in neonatal intensive care units.


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

  1. Videos
  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 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 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:

  • describe prematurity and key conditions associated with preterm birth
  • identify at least four indicators of stress in preterm infants
  • explain how environmental conditions can be optimised in neonatal intensive care units for preterm babies

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.

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Prematurity is a global concern, an ever-expanding area of knowledge and expertise. This course is stimulating, up to date and engaging. Learn more on this topic and do this course soon!
Lucinda Hampton