Wheelchair and Seated Mobility

Course Description

It is critical that rehab professionals working with adult clients with seating needs have a thorough understanding of the factors that impact manual wheelchair propulsion, seating, and positioning. This online course covers theoretical models guiding seating practice, client centered assessment, common wheelchair types, wheelchair set up for effective propulsion, common seating components, goal setting, and management of commonly encountered postural deformities.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the factors involved in adult client assessment and wheelchair/seating prescription. Content is delivered through online video lectures, demonstration videos, and required knowledge checks. In addition, participants have the opportunity to observe a complete seating assessment (demo) and complete a case study (assignment).

Course Times and Format

*Due to the current Covid-19 situation we are now are now accepting rolling enrollments to this course so you may begin right away.

Another course is also scheduled for October 5 - November 13, 2020 and we are now accepting applications.

The course is delivered using a distance format via e‐class external (The University of Alberta's online learning platform) and consists of eight modules to be completed within six weeks. The majority of course content is delivered asynchronously meaning there is no requirement to be online at a specific class date and time.

Upon successful completion participants will be issued a faculty digital certificate noting the number of educational hours.

Before you Apply

If you are an Alberta Health Services (AHS) employee (OT or PT working in a seating service), or work for an AHS partner organization (Covenant Health, Carewest, CapitalCare, Bethany Care) please contact Shawn Drefs at sdrefs@ualberta.ca BEFORE you apply to this course as you may be eligible for an AHS bursary cover the full course costs. 

  • Course Modules

    The (WSM) course consists of the following eight modules and two case studies:

    - Introduction
    - Theoretical Framework
    - Wheelchair Seating Assessment - The Setup
    - Physical Assessment of the Client
    - Introduction to Equipment
    - Propulsion
    - Goal Setting
    - Moving from Assessment to Action
    - Case Study 1 (demo). Includes Intro, Interview, Range of Motion, and Wheelchair Assessment video content.
    - Case Study 2 (assignment). Includes Interview, Range of Motion, Seated and Lying Assessment, and Wheelchair Assessment video content.

  • Course Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:

    -Understand the value of proper wheelchair prescription
    -Describe the theoretical models that guide wheelchair assessment and seating interventions
    -Create appropriate wheelchair and seating goals
    -Identify manual wheelchair classes and parts
    -Identify key components of cushion design and composition
    -Understand the factors that affect wheelchair propulsion and functional performance
    - Describe the steps in the wheelchair assessment process and demonstrate a MAT assessment

  • Who is it for?
    This course will be of interest to a broad range of healthcare professionals involved in wheelchair assessment/seating prescription.
  • How to Apply?

    To apply to take the Wheelchair& Seated Mobility course please complete the online application below. The applications are checked to determine if they are complete. Incomplete files will not be considered.

    Step 1: Course Application
    Step 2: Pay the $50 Application Fee
    Step 3: Your application will be reviewed after which you will be contacted by email re: your acceptance into the course
    Step 4: Submit Payment for the Course

    After you submit your online application it will be reviewed by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Once reviewed the course coordinator will contact you via the email address provided in the application to inform you of your acceptance into the course. Once accepted you will be emailed detailed information on how to access the course.

    *All course fees must be paid in full before participants are provided access to the course (see fees and expenses).

  • Course Instructor

    Genevieve Jamin has been working as an occupational therapist (OT) for 12 years. She has worked with veterans for most of her career, both in long-term care and as a contract OT in the community. Currently, she works for the largest health care employer in Alberta as co-ordinator of a large seating clinic and is a course instructor on wheelchairs and seating at the University of Alberta. She has over 10 years of experience in seating and mobility with an emphasis on seniors.

  • Cost

    Course application fee of $50.00

    Course tuition fee of $250.00

  • Format
    The Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Assessment and Prescription course is delivered using a distance format via e‐class external (The University of Alberta's online learning platform). The course consists of eight modules and two case studies to be completed within six weeks. The majority of course content is delivered asynchronously meaning there is no requirement to be online at a specific class date and time. Students can complete the learning activities in a place and time of their choosing. Content is accessible twenty four (24) hours-a-day from any location with an internet connection. Each module may consists of online lectures, video presentations and knowledge checks.
  • Technical Requirements
    It is the student's individual responsibility to ensure all technical requirements for online participation are met and functioning before the course starts. To participate in the online content, the student must have the following minimum requirements:

    ● Access to a computer or mobile device with a high‐speed internet connection
    ● An internet browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome).
    ● To check browser compatibility with The University of Alberta's e-class system Brower Checker https://eclass.srv.ualberta.ca/portal/
    ● It is strongly recommended you download the latest versions of Adobe Reader, Quicktime, Flash and Java.

    Please note that lectures are provided in an HTML5 format and so should be playable on most browsers and mobile devices without the need to install Flash.
  • Contact Information