Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation – Winter 2018

1 February-22 March, 2018

A Six-Week Online Course

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

**Note: No class 12-16 March

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Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a valuable therapeutic tool for the restoration and retraining of voluntary motor function, and is commonly used in the treatment of patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Physical therapists and occupational therapists will benefit from the evidence-based, clinically focused approach to FES provided in this course, which includes six weeks of online instruction comprised of pre-recorded lectures, live webinars, self-directed hands-on activities, additional readings, and online quizzes. The course is designed for therapists based nationally and internationally to advance their knowledge and practice in the use of FES.


At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand how each stimulation parameter affects the neurophysiological response.
  • Appropriately manipulate stimulation parameters.
  • Apply one-channel FES efficiently & effectively.
  • Modify the application of FES in real time.
  • Identify neurological clients who are appropriate for FES.
  • Apply FES with confidence for common one-channel UE and LE applications (e.g., hemiplegic shoulder, spasticity, dropped foot, weight-bearing symmetry).


Week 1:  Introduction to FES and stimulation parameters

Week 2: Application of FES

Week 3: FES Prescription

Week 4: Application of FES to the LE

Week 5: Application of FES to the UE

Week 6: Emerging topics in FES


Dr. Kristin Musselman is a physical therapist and Scientist with the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Lyndhurst Centre. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. She completed a BSc (Life Sciences) and BScPT at Queen’s University, followed by a MSc (Neurosciences) and PhD (Rehabilitation Science) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Musselman was a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2010-2013. She is active in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the Executive of the Neurosciences Division. She is also co-lead of the Walking Measures Group for the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry.


To participate in this online offering, you will need:

  1. An up-to-date web browser, preferably Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
  2. A recent version of Adobe Reader (
  3. A recent version of Adobe Flash.  It can be downloaded from although some web browsers include it.

It is possible to view content and participate on the discussion board with a smart phone using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app; however, it cannot be used to take tests. Links to download the app for iOS, Android, and Blackberry can be found at:


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Registration fees include all course materials

Early Bird Fee:                   $435 (received on or before 22 January, 2018)

Regular Fee:                       $500 (received after 22 January, 2018)

Registration Deadline:   29 January, 2018

Further discounts may be available for OT and PT MSc students registered in the current academic year (2017-2018). For more information, email

Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

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Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be made 5 days prior to the commencement of the course.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.