EIM’s Functional Electrical Stimulation course will improve the participant’s knowledge and clinical application of electrical stimulation to improve strength, function, and fitness in people with neurological dysfunction. Participants will discuss precautions and contraindications for the use of electrical stimulation, learn the difference between direct vs. therapeutic benefits of functional electrical stimulation, and describe the potential for health and fitness benefits and parameters to achieve desired muscle response. Students will learn how to conduct interventions with electrical stimulation based upon examination findings and patient goals.


Pre-course preparation (6 hours of online lectures) and 1 day at a clinical site.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical and occupational therapists.

Credits: 14 contact hours (6 online and 8 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

Program Applicability: Neurologic Physical Therapy ResidencyCertification, and Postprofessional DPT (NR 202F; .38 credits)

Prerequisites: None

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


  1. Identify the steps of the wheelchair assessment and procurement process
  2. Identify the components of a mat evaluation and translate the findings into wheelchair and seating system product features
  3. Incorporate current best evidence into the wheelchair and seating system evaluation and intervention process
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify problems, formulate clinically relevant questions, and utilize resources to investigate questions and generate hypotheses related to the wheelchair and seating system intervention
  5. Discuss electrical stimulation applications for improving strength and function for people with neurologic dysfunction.
  6. Differentiate between direct vs. therapeutic benefits of functional electrical stimulation.
  7. Apply knowledge about electrical stimulation parameters to achieve desired muscle response.
  8. Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact 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.