Online Course
Understanding Basic Rehabilitation Techniques Programme
Reinforce your knowledge and skills in basic rehabilitation assessment techniques

17-19 hours





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The courses in this programme are part of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for 2023. The courses are available to complete for free for 4 weeks until 30 September 2023 for all Trial members. The assignment is optional and a full Plus member account will be required to submit an assignment.


The need for physical rehabilitation services is an urgent and growing global issue. There are unmet rehabilitation needs amongst the poorest and most vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries and conflict-affected settings. There is also a global increase in the number of people experiencing a decline in functioning and living with chronic diseases, and many countries are unable to meet these needs.

Specialised rehabilitation services are required to help address these issues. These services must address impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. They must consider an individual’s personal and environmental factors, including assistive technology, that impact functioning. Accurate measuring and monitoring using basic rehabilitation techniques enable clinicians to select and provide appropriate interventions. Rehabilitation professionals must be confident in basic assessment techniques to ensure efficient and proper care. This programme of courses presents fundamental assessment techniques and discusses principles guiding the selection of rehabilitation techniques to achieve high-quality rehabilitation and the best possible health outcomes.


This programme aims to equip healthcare professionals with a comprehensive knowledge of basic rehabilitation assessment techniques and the principles guiding the selection of rehabilitation techniques and interventions.


This programme is made up of the following courses followed by a written assignment. Each course has a separate completion certificate, and completing the assignment is optional:

  1. Course 1: Introduction to Rehabilitation Interventions
  2. Course 2: Assessment Before Moving and Handling
  3. Course 3: Assessing Range of Motion
  4. Course 4: Assessing Muscle Strength
  5. Course 5: Assessing Muscle Length
  6. Course 6: Neurological Screening
  7. Course 7: Exploring Positioning
  8. Course 8: Exploring Transfers

Target audience

This course 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.


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 17-19 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 17.5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses 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. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.


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