z 47th Interprofessional Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Course: Navigating Care Across the Years

06/05/2024 – 06/07/2024


  • This is a FLEX COURSE that will be offered virtually for the first two days. Learners can choose to add on a third day in Chicago, where they will attend hands-on workshops and have a chance to practice skills. 
  • When registering, you may see an "unavailable" button instead of an "add to cart" button if you do not make your appropriate workshop selections. If you need additional assistance with registration, please email academy@sralab.org 

DESCRIPTION: This dynamic course is designed for rehabilitation professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) across the lifespan. Participants will delve into the intricate medical differences when faced with trauma between pediatric and adult patients with SCIs. Practical insights will be shared on maintaining optimal bone health, with key recommendations tailored to individual needs regarding strengthening, metabolic differences and cognitive factors which often are overlooked. As we explore the assessment process, participants will discover novel screening areas to enhance clinical practice. The course will also shed light on the pivotal role of physical activity in the lives of SCI/D patients and guide professionals in tailoring effective and age-appropriate activity programs. Join us to gain valuable insights into the evolving landscape of SCI/D rehabilitation, equipping yourself with the knowledge to provide person-centered care at every stage of life.

For full course details, please review the course brochure: Here

Days one and two of this course (June 5-6, 2024) are taught virtually using an online meeting platform. 
Day three of this course (June 7, 2024) is an optional add-on workshop which will be held at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 East Erie Street, Chicago IL, 60611.

AUDIENCE: Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physicians & Speech Language Pathologists. See accreditation information below.  

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

  • Discuss the medical nuances distinguishing spinal cord injuries/disorders (SCI/D) in pediatric and adult patients.
  • Provide three recommendations for preserving optimal bone health in individuals with SCI/D.
  • Enhance the assessment process by identifying two novel screening areas for patients with SCI/D.
  • Explain the significance of physical activity for patients with SCI/D, addressing the customization of activity programs with aging.
  • Discuss issues surrounding women's health following SCI/D, with a special focus on often overlooked aspects such as menstrual care and menopause.

    SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: To successfully complete this course, you must attend and participate in the live activities, submit attendance codes in the Academy Learning Portal and complete an online evaluation of the program by June 21, 2024.

    OPTIONAL DAY THREE WORKSHOPS: You will have the opportunity to select two workshops for day three during registration. Please refer to the brochure for detailed workshop information and pre-work requirements. Please note, workshops will be assigned on a first come first serve basis and may reach capacity. 



    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 CNE is being offered for up to 19.75 contact hours of continuing nursing education.


     Occupational Therapy:

    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 8675. This distance learning interactive course is offered at up to 19.75 contact hours, 1.975 CEUs [intermediate level, foundational knowledge/OT service delivery]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

    *Learners will be awarded contact hours based on which portion of the course they are completing. The total contact hours includes the optional 1.0 hour self-study and 6.75 live hours for Day 3. 

    Physical Therapy: This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for up to 19.50 contact hours. Approval #216-000069 (This total includes the optional 1.0 hour self-study and 6.50 live hours for Day 3.)

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by California and 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 up to 19.50 contact hours. California Contact Hours approved on 2/9/2024.

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


    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Speech-Language Pathology:

    *ASHA CEUs are only available for the Virtual Course, days one and two.


    Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physicians Speech Language Pathologists