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  • Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
  • Barbara Crume, PT, ATP
Item#: Q3507
Contents: 1 Course Book (106 pages)
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Introduction to Wheeled Mobility: Considerations in Occupational and Physical Therapy Practice

Price $29.95
Item # Q3507
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Expiration Date: August 16, 2019

This course is designed to guide the rehabilitation professionals in the selection of the most appropriate intervention to provide dependent or independent mobility to the clients they serve. Many clients with physical limitations have inefficient or no independent mobility. Although some clients require a dependent mobility base that is pushed by a caregiver, many other clients require a mobility base to optimize their functional mobility. Occupational and physical therapists often receive little education and training in the area of wheeled mobility. Because such instruction is usually limited, it fails to adequately prepare an occupational or physical therapist for this specialty area of practice and additional training is required.

This intermediate-level course comprehensively presents wheeled mobility in a practice-specific context. Specifically, the course addresses mobility assessment, wheeled mobility categories, and power mobility considerations. Most practitioners will work with clients who need a mobility intervention, whether this includes evaluating the client, recommending a specific wheelchair, or training mobility skills. This course provides the information and resources required to prepare practitioners to meet these needs.

California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7405 (6/13/18 to 6/13/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-106 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course Objectives

  • Describe the steps in a wheeled mobility assessment. 
  • Identify categories of wheeled mobility equipment.
  • Explain how to determine and develop readiness for power wheelchair use.
  • List a variety of power wheelchair driving methods with clinical indicators for each.
  • Describe power wheelchair advanced features and applications.
Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS, is an occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the assistive technology clinics of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Now in private practice, Ms. Lange evaluates and treats children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and provides consultation and education in the areas of wheelchair seating and mobility, accessibility, assistive technology access, mounting, interfacing, and electronic aids to daily living. She is a well-respected lecturer who presents live educational programs and webinars nationally and internationally, and has authored four book chapters and nearly 200 articles. Ms. Lange is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., and clinical editor of Directions magazine, a publication of the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). She is on the teaching faculty of the Rehabilitation Engineering and  Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). A past member of both the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on the Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board and current member of the Clinician’s Task Force, Ms. Lange is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), certified Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, is an occupational therapist and a certified assistive technology professional. Dr. Morgan completed both a master’s degree in occupational therapy and her PhD in movement science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She currently works in Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy, where she teaches a graduate-level class on assistive technology and conducts research on the movement patterns of people with disabilities, with the goal of guiding community-based and person-based interventions that improve the participation of people with lower-limb mobility impairments. In addition to assisting in the development of a wheelchair seating clinic, Dr. Morgan has helped develop and test standardized measures that assess a person’s quality of participation in major life activities and the environmental facilitators and barriers impacting participation. She also helped create a community-based program housed in a local independent-living center that provides services for people with disabilities (such as assistive technology education and delivery programs). An avid wheelchair athlete, Dr. Morgan has been a member of both the U.S. National Quad Rugby Team and the U.S. Paralympic Track team. 

Barbara Crume, PT, ATP, works full time in the seating clinic at CarePartners Health Services in Asheville, NC. She has more than 32 years of experience providing wheelchair positioning services for clients of all ages and diagnoses. She is a guest lecturer for PT and PTA students from local universities and colleges, teaching an introductory seating and wheeled mobility course. This full-day course includes client evaluation with mat assessment, pressure mapping, and comparison of seating systems and mobility devices, as well as documentation and funding guidelines for complex rehabilitation technology. Ms. Crume presents courses at national and international conferences, as well as webinars on many topics related to seating and wheeled mobility.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Michelle Lange has disclosed that she makes presentations on behalf of manufacturers of seating and mobility equipment, including Stealth Products, and consults on the development of webinar and live educational content with several organizations, including NRRTS, RESNA, and Numotion. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer review process.