This is a series of five online learning modules covering all aspects of shoulder screening, diagnosis and management.

Simplify the shoulder and become confident in shoulder screening, assessment, treatment and onward referral. 

In this course you will learn a simple method of shoulder assessment that will help you make a differential diagnosis and choose the approprite treatment pathway for people with shoulder pain.

Learn about the evidence for treatment of specific conditions, when imaging is required and when onward referral for orthopaedic review may be appropriate. 

Who is this course for?

Any physiotherapist wanting to update their knowledge about shoulder diagnosis and management. Ideal for physiotherapists with a special interest in the shoulder who are wanting to pursue advanced practice roles.  

What you will learn

  • How to accurately screen patients presenting with shoulder girdle symptoms for red flags
  • To make an accurate diagnosis of common shoulder conditions including the use of imaging. 
  • To apply evidence-informed, non-surgical management, including specific physiotherapy treatment for common shoulder conditions
  • Understand the criteria for orthopaedic or other medical referral. 

Modules in this course:

For more detail about each module click on the course tiles below:

  • Shoulder Screening
  • The Stiff Shoulder
  • The Unstable Shoulder
  • The Rotator Cuff
  • The Acromioclavicular Joint

Pricing options

Bundle includes

Here are all the courses that are included in your bundle.

Modules in this course include....

  • Video presentations

    Engaging audiovisual video presentation.

  • Slide handouts and manual provided

    Download and keep a copy of the slide handouts from the video presentations.

  • Quiz

    Test your understanding and find areas for review.

  • CPD Certificate Provided

    Download your CPD certificate on completion.

  • Study Time

    65 hrs (full course)

  • Access to online course

    Lifetime of site

Additional products


Dr Angela Cadogan

Dip Phys, M.Sports Physio, Dip MT, PhD
Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal).

Angela is a NZ registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal) with a Ph.D in Musculoskeletal Diagnostics from AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) (shoulder sub-specialty). Based in Christchurch, she works as a clinical consultant in her own private practice specialising in the diagnosis and management of shoulder pain.

Angela also works in an Orthopaedic Triage and Assessment role (Shoulder Service) with the Canterbury District Health Board. Angela has an ongoing research interest in shoulder conditions, has many publications on the topic, has been an invited keynote speaker at many national and international shoulder conferences and is Associate Editor at JOSPT (Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy).

Angela has been teaching courses on the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of shoulder conditions for over 10 years and is passionate about upskilling other physiotherapists and improving capability of the physiotherapy workforce to meet the needs of the changing healthcare system. Angela is the director of Physio Academy. Learn more:

Learning Hours

Approx Hours
Shoulder Course
Shoulder Screening

Red Flags 3

Health Screening 4

Pain and Psychosocial Modifiers 3

Cervical Spine and Neurological Examination 3

Shoulder Imaging 3

Diagnostic Classification of Shoulder Pain 3
Stiff Shoulder

Diagnosis of the stiff shoulder 3

Frozen shoulder 3

Glenohumeral osteoarthritis 3
Unstable Shoulder

Classification of shoulder instability 3

Diagnosis of shoulder instability 3

Management of shoulder instability  3
Rotator Cuff

Diagnosis of subacromial pain 3

Atraumatic, rotator cuff-related pain 3

Traumatic rotator cuff tears 4

Massive/Inoperable rotator cuff tears 3

Calcific tendinopathy 3
AC Joint

Diagnosis of acromioclavicular joint pain 3

Acromioclavicular joint instability 3

Acromioclavicular joint arthropathy 3

The Sternoclavicular Joint 3
Related Courses

Surgical Management and Post Operative Rehabilitation 12

Stiff Shoulder 3

Unstable Shoulder 3

Rotator Cuff 3

AC Joint 3