EIM’s Management of the Shoulder and Elbow course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skills in the evidence-based management of individuals with shoulder and elbow disorders and dysfunction.  This lab-intensive course focuses on clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively perform a comprehensive shoulder and elbow evaluation with an understanding of how these two joints interact.  Participants will learn and receive hands-on practice of evidence-based treatments including joint mobilizations, taping, strength progression and exercises, and orthotic fabrication.


This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend.  The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of shoulder and elbow disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and treatment techniques for the shoulder and elbow. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 18:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessment are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed PTs, OTs, and COTAs

Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability:  None. This course must be taken in conjunction with an 8-week online management course to earn constructive credit towards EIM’s Certificate for Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy.

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Locate and discuss appropriate shoulder and elbow anatomy and pathology,
  2. Perform a comprehensive shoulder and elbow evaluation to determine the cause of dysfunction,
  3. Select appropriate special tests to evaluate the shoulder and elbow complex,
  4. Discuss evidence-based treatments for conservative care of a variety of shoulder and elbow injuries,
  5. Understand the precautions and evidence-based care of post-operative treatment,
  6. Demonstrate splinting and appropriate immobilization and progression of chronic and acute diagnoses from the shoulder to the elbow.


Occupational Therapists: This course meets criteria under EIM’s AOTA Provider #10170. For more information on this course, click here.

If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact [email protected]. We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Disabled Participants page.

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