Burn Rehabilitation: An Interprofessional Approach (6 Sessions)

10/24/2023 – 12/12/2023

This is a FLEX COURSE where you can choose to attend the live sessions virtually through a video conference platform or watch the recordings on-demand. Mixing and matching based on your schedule is ok!


This interprofessional course will explore the unique and complex rehabilitation process for individuals who have sustained burn injuries. Topics covered in this course include wound management and care, the different types of burns, healing properties of skin, and potential complications from burn injuries. Participants will learn strategies for improving mobility and functional independence as well as how to provide psychosocial support to promote holistic recovery.  The course emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration among healthcare professionals, that can enable patients to return to participation in all areas of life more quickly.  Upon completion of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive burn care and promote the physical, psychological and social recovery of your patients.



This course will run from October 24, 2023 through December 12, 2023 and will consist of self-study, two LIVE online sessions and four on-demand video recordings. If you are unable to attend the live sessions, a recorded version will be made available shortly after their conclusion.


  • Miranda "Mandy" Yelvington, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, BT-C Rehabilitation Research Coordinator, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Certified Burn Therapist
  • Renée Warthman, MS OTR/L, BT-C, CHT Occupational Therapist, Arizona Burn Center Valleywise Health, Certified Burn Therapist
  • Interdisciplinary Faculty from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab - See Course Brochure for Full List


Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Orthotists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Summarize the prevalence and types of burns and the role of rehabilitation in burn management
• Discuss Clinical Practice Guidelines for early mobilization and rehabilitation of patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) setting
• Describe the elements of a detailed skin assessment and what to consider in developing a treatment plan
• Develop a plan for the education of patients in regards to long-term effects of burn scarring on the skin
• Identify optimization of communication methods and collaboration within the interprofessional burn management team
• Analyze treatment interventions and orthotics utilized by the interprofessional burn management team to address hand and facial deformities, mobility and lower extremity impairments as a result of burn injury
• Explain the responsibilities of each member of the interprofessional burn management team in managing pain for patients with burns, including commonly employed medications and other pain management techniques
• Recognize the psychosocial implications of burn injuries and strategies to help individuals with burns within this domain
• Describe the roles and responsibilities in assisting an individual to reintegrate into the community after a burn


Participants are required to complete a total of 10 hours of coursework, including 4 pre-recorded online lectures, 2 live, online sessions, and 1 hour of self-study work. The live, online sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to interact with instructors and other participants in real time. The sessions will be recorded and made available on-demand for those who are unable to attend live. Participants will also be required to complete self-reflection assessments and a post-course survey in order to receive credit for the course. All coursework must be completed by December 12, 2023, to earn full credit.


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is being offered for 10 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

In order to receive contact hours for the on-demand self-study and live event, nurses must attend the entire course and complete the evaluation.

Occupational Therapy:
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 7388. This distance learning-independent, distance learning-interactive course is offered at 10 contact hours, 1.0 CEUs [intermediate level, foundational knowledge/OT service delivery]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Physical Therapy:
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 10.0 contact hours (7.0 hours Self-Study, 3 hours Live). Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 10.0 contact hours (7.0 hours Self-Study, 3 hours Live).

The following states require continuing education units with no state-specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

Speech-Language Pathology:


To participate, you will need access to a computer with an internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

 Internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or better)

  • Web browser: Latest Stable Version of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to audio files and participate in Zoom calls
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer, as it is not supported.


Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning