Introduction to Wheeled Mobility: Considerations in Physical Therapy Practice - Q3507


About Course #Q3507

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

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

Florida and Indiana PTs and PTAs - PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

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

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All other 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.