Spinal Cord Injury Management

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This online course is an introduction to medical and rehabilitation management for healthcare professionals working with people with spinal cord injury. Current practice guidelines and adaptive technology will be discussed.

The online course is 13 content hours delivered over a 6-week timeframe (35 educational hours).

Now accepting registrations for the next course running September 16 - October 25, 2024

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Course Goals

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of spinal cord injury assessment and classification levels and determine appropriate functional goals.
  • Students will identify key impairments and management strategies for the acute and subacute care settings for spinal cord injury.
  • Students will understand strategies and important techniques for functional training in the spinal cord injury population.
  • Students will be familiar with key preventative strategies to minimize risk of developing
    chronic conditions in patients with spinal cord injury.
  • Students will develop a plan of care to manage common chronic conditions in patients with spinal cord injuries.
  • Students will understand the appropriate use of assistive and adaptive technology by patients with spinal cord injuries.

Course Hours

The course is approximately 1 credit equivalent (13 content hours). However, you should expect to spend somewhere between 18-35 total hours on the course (varies depending on the individual). We do equate the course on the high end of that and 35 educational hours appear on the digital certificates that are issued after course completion.

*If you are an allied health staff member with Alberta Health Services and you support University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine student placements (e.g. preceptor, site coordinator) you may be eligible to receive complimentary registration for this micro-course. Contact alliedhealth.education@ahs.ca for more information.

*If you are a current (2023-24) Faculty of Rehab Medicine (FRM) Affiliated Clinical Educator you may be eligible to receive a 15% discount for this micro-course. Contact frmcpe@ualberta.ca for more information.

Portrait of Kim Dao

Course Instructor

Kim Dao, PT, DPT is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy with more than fifteen years of clinical practice in acute care, rehabilitation, and outpatient settings.

She taught at the University of Alberta for over eleven years and is currently an Assistant Professor with the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Tufts University. Her teaching focus is on neuroscience, neuromuscular practice management, aging, complex conditions, and
prosthetics and orthotics.

More Information

How to Apply

Apply: Application Form

Make a payment: Course Payment

A 100% refund of the $250 course fee is available to students who withdraw before the first day of the course. Withdrawals after the first day of the course are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

Course Offerings

February 5 - March 15, 2024


This course is delivered 100% asynchronously meaning there is no requirement to be online at a specific class date and time. Participants 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.


There are no grades for this course. Instead, students receive a complete or incomplete score based on satisfactory completion of the course. To successfully complete the course students are required to work through all learning activities and achieve 60% on all the knowledge check quizzes at the end of each module. Students are given unlimited quiz attempts and can challenge these at any time throughout the course.


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


Contact us at sdrefs@ualberta.ca.