Online Course
Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapy Assessment, Prognosis and Goal Setting
Become knowledgeable in the PT evaluation of persons with SCI and assist them with home and community reintegration

1-1.5 hours





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Melanie Harding (Skeen)
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Melanie has considerable experience in spinal cord rehabilitation, both as a clinician and a tutor

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model guides the physiotherapy assessment and goal setting for individuals with spinal cord injury, thus helping these individuals to achieve functional outcomes. When the ICF model is applied in physiotherapy practice, persons with a spinal cord injury will have a better chance to return to their home environment with the appropriate equipment. They will also have the skills to re-integrate into society and perform the roles they want to fulfil. This course provides guiding principles for the physiotherapy spinal cord injury assessment, focusing on areas such as physical functioning, activity, and participation.


This course aims to guide learners through a comprehensive physiotherapy assessment for individuals with spinal cord injury.


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 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 1-1.5 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 - 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 1.1 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 at least three components of the ICF model in the subjective physiotherapy assessment for persons with spinal cord injury
  • describe key elements of objective physiotherapy assessment for persons with spinal cord injury
  • discuss specific outcome measures that can be used to assess upper extremity function, lower extremity function and functional performance in persons with spinal cord injury
  • describe key components of goal setting in the physiotherapy assessment for persons with spinal cord injury
Featured reviews
It is a fantastic short course that gives you the basic knowledge to expand your practice!
Kanyisa Lynne Sitinga
South Africa
The course is well organized and clearly presented. I really liked the way in which the presenter provided step-by-step explanation of every aspect of this course.
Sabeel Kabeer