Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Designed to prepare rehabilitation professionals to help people who deal with physical disabilities, this course starts with an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. You’ll examine the epidemiology, symptoms, physical signs, medical investigations and treatment of common illnesses, focusing on how they affect one's ability to work. We'll also review the progression and prognosis of chronic illnesses and how they impact functioning ability.

Courses will be available for individual registration until April 2023 only. After that time, all seats will be reserved for diploma students.


Location: Online
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $795

Upcoming Offerings

Currently not available for registration.

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Use common medical terminology to describe anatomy, physiology, symptoms, physical signs, diagnoses and treatments
  • Understand basic systemic human physiology and basic pathophysiology of common diseases
  • Relate medical conditions to their functional implications for people with disabilities
  • Relate medical information to rehabilitation counselling and planning
  • Explain the potential benefits of medical interventions (treatments and investigations) to reduce or accommodate for the functional impairments caused by disabilities
  • Describe the roles of the various health care professionals involved in caring for an individual
  • Understand the vocational implications of common medical disabilities
  • Communicate and participate effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team managing a claimant's care
  • Access the most current knowledge on various medical conditions from various sources, including medical reference books, journals and conferences

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Expect lectures, case studies and group discussions
  • Attend all 21 hours of classes (mandatory)
  • Prepare to participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment

You will be evaluated on:

  • Individual and group exercises
  • Final written assignment

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following credential:

This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations: