Stroke Rehabilitation


There have been many recent advances in stroke rehabilitation. This module will develop students’ knowledge in this area and will underpin clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice in the management of stroke patients to advance students’ theoretical knowledge of stroke rehabilitation and to evaluate and therapeutic practice in the context of current scientific knowledge.

This course is for healthcare professionals working in hospital, community or private practice settings. Professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses may apply for this course.

The programme will be delivered with online material for participants to access in their own time and prior to workshops/classes. This is followed by scheduled in-person workshops and classes in RCSI's St Stephen's Green campus.

Students who successfully complete this module and pass the assessment, will receive a certificate detailing the academic award and credits received. This is a postgraduate programme and those who complete this course will gain 10 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (equivalent to level 7 on the European Framework of Qualifications).

We are proud to be a recognised University of the National University of Ireland (NUI). Recognition by Ministries and bodies in other jurisdictions must be determined by the individual applicants.

Course leaders: Professor Frances Horgan, Dr Ailish Malone

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of current therapeutic approaches to the rehabilitation of the stroke patient.
  • Understand and be able to critically evaluate the scientific rationale and clinical usefulness of therapeutic approaches in the field of stroke rehabilitation.
  • Demonstrate an evidence-based framework to inform and enhance their physiotherapy treatment of the stroke patient.
  • Understand the current deficits of evidence in stroke rehabilitation and the implications for practice.
  • Demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of innovative experimental research in stroke rehabilitation and how this might be applied to clinical practice.

In-person classes: 2 February 2024, 7 March 2024, 17 April 2024

Online material: 19 January 2024 (Unit 1); 22 February 2024 (Unit 2); 3 April 2024 (Unit 3)

Assignment deadline: Mid-June 2024


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