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.

Course seats are reserved for diploma students until approximately one month before the start date. To take this course individually, click on Register or Join Waitlist below.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

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What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should 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 will I learn?

This course consists of lectures, case studies, and group discussions. Classes are during the day, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at SFU's Surrey campus.

Besides attending all 21 hours of classes, you must participate in discussions, review all handouts, and complete the homework assignment.

How will I be evaluated?

We evaluate this course through individual and group exercises, and a final written assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

There is no textbook required for this course. On the first day, you will receive a binder containing course materials. We'll also provide handouts and information on online resources and suggested reading.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation:

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