A course run by Key Clinical Skills

Learning Time: 15 hours (approx.)
Access: 10 weeks with extensions available on request.
Cost with 10% Coupon Code: $198.00 CAD ($246* NZD approx.) 
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This course is delivered by Key Clinical Skills, in partnership with Physio Academy. When signing up for this course you will be re-directed to the Key Clinical Skills learning site. 

Why is Laboratory Testing Important for Physiotherapists?

New advanced practice opportunities are rapidly emerging for Physiotherapists in primary and secondary care. An understanding of the use, interpretation and clinical implications of commonly used laboratory tests is important in advanced practice roles.  


About this course: 

This online distance-learning course will help you understand the utility and clinical implications of laboratory testing in clinical practice. The course is delivered by Dr Jack Miller as part of Advanced Practice training for physiotherapists in Canada. 


What you will learn: 

  • the medical laboratory testing concepts for all major body systems with a particular focus on the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological systems
  • common pathologies and their associated lab testing will be detailed
  • clinical utilization guidelines, clinical implications and practice recommendations are delivered with quick reference summary tables provided in the 375 page handouts, which may be downloaded and printed for future reference.  


Who is this course suitable for? 

This course is open to Physiotherapists practicing in all areas of the health care system. Participants do not require prior experience in ordering medical lab tests. This course is especially recommended for physiotherapists working in advanced practice roles.  


Canadian health system: 

Some of the content and test names may be specific to the Canadian health system.  Please contact the instructor at [email protected] if you require more information about the course.

What is covered?


  • Relevance of laboratory testing to Physiotherapy  

Principles of testing


  • Red blood cells
  • Hematocrit
  • White blood cells
  • Platelets

Body fluids

  • Urinalysis
  • Cerebro Spinal Fluid
  • Sputum
  • Synovial fluid
  • Wounds

Inflammatory markers

  • ESR
  • CRP
  • HLAS

Endocrine system

  • Blood glucose
  • Rehab implications


  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

Reference sheets

  • Cheat sheets
  • Resources


Learning Outcomes:  

By the end of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Understand and discuss the role that laboratory testing has in physiotherapy practice 
  2. List the commonly requested blood, urine and fluid tests 
  3. Understand reference ranges and the direct implication on physiotherapy practice

Included in this course....

  • Video presentations

    Engaging audiovisual video presentation.

  • Quick reference sheets and presentation handouts

    Quick reference summary tables
    provided in the 375 page handout,
    which may be downloaded and printed
    for future reference.

  • Study Time

    15 hours (approx)

  • CPD Certificate Provided

    Download your CPD certificate on completion.

  • Access to online course

    10 weeks.
    Please contact Key Clinical Skills if you need an extension.

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Instructor Dr Jack Miller


Dr. Miller completed his BSc in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. He then spent six years in New Zealand where he completed the Post-Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Therapy in 1984 being the first non-New Zealander to do so. During this program he had the opportunity to be directly mentored by both Robin McKenzie and Brian Mulligan. On returning to Canada, he went on to complete a Masters of Clinical Science at Western University in London and a Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of St. Augustine in the USA.

Jack has been the senior editor of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Journal, an executive member of the Orthopaedic Division of CPA, the President of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy, a member of the CPA Specialization accreditation committee, the conference chair for IFOMPT 2012, and a founding member of the Mulligan Concept Teacher’s Association.

He has presented at conferences internationally, published research articles in peer-reviewed journals, multiple textbook chapters and taught high level, evidence-based manual therapy courses internationally since 1990.

Jack holds an academic teaching position at the University of Toronto is a co-director of Key Clinical Skills and works clinically as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist triaging for fluoroscopy-guided spine injections procedures.