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Professional Certificate in
Introduction to Stroke Care

What you will learn

  • Journey of the stroke recovery process.
  • Needs of stroke survivors.
  • Interdisciplinary stroke care.
  • Major roles of individual healthcare professionals in stroke recovery process.
  • Skills for stroke caregivers.

When stroke occurs, the most frequent question asked by a survivor was whether he/she could recover. The post-stroke rehabilitation journey may take months to years, and even a lifetime. Therefore, every stroke survivor needs to adapt into the new normal to regain and more often to relearn certain body functions and skills.

What is the cause of stroke? What factors determine the location and severity of brain damage caused by stroke? How a life could be saved during a stroke event? Whether damage and recovery are all by chance? Are there any factors determining how long it takes for recovery? Would there be full recovery?

Optimal outcomes of recovery rely on the collaboration between the survivor and the interdisciplinary stroke team. Individual healthcare professionals play different roles and approaches at different stages of the recovery journey. Independent disciplines are working dependently and cohesively to design the rehabilitation program tailored for every individual survivor. Quality stroke care skills of individual professionals’ can be sharpen by understanding how knowledge is being applied by different healthcare disciplines, which may promote the successful recovery of a stroke patient. Knowledge gained from this professional certificate may also help your loved ones if you have partners, friends or family members who are suffering from stroke. Regardless if you are a caregiver or stroke survivor, this Professional Certificate Program is for you.

PS: Program contents may stimulate ideas on how stroke patients can continue with home rehabilitations even when hospital services are shutdown during pandemics, such as the COVID-19.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
4 months
2 - 4 hours per week
Discounted price: $277.20
Pre-discounted price: $308USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. HKPolyUx's Introduction to Stroke Care Professional Certificate

  2. 2–4 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    The first MOOC to teach Human Anatomy from multiple healthcare professional perspectives through a case-based study of stroke.

  3. 2–4 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    Learn rationales behind the stroke care pathway for supporting treatments and rehabilitation.

    • Healthcare providers of the interdisciplinary stoke team are regarded as essential stoke services in stroke rehabilitation (World Stroke Organization, 2016).
    • Job opportunities include: healthcare providers, medical social workers, nursing assistant, stroke coordinator.
    • The average base pay for Stroke Coordinator is $94,678 per year. (source:

Meet your instructors
from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPolyUx)

Experts from HKPolyUx committed to teaching online learning

Program endorsements

The Hong Kong Stroke Society highly values the importance of multidisciplinary care in stroke rehabilitation pathway. This professional certificate program will empower healthcare professionals and stroke patient caregivers with the essential skills on stroke rehabilitation. This is the expertise of the HKPolyU, a major regional institution which has already trained several generations of allied health professionals.

Richard Li , Vice President, The Hong Kong Stroke Society

This certificate program covers a wide spectrum of stroke management from clinical to community perspectives. We advocate for partnership of patients and healthcare professionals. The program can broaden the horizon of various personnel in stroke rehabilitation management.

Yuk Mun NG , Head of Allied Health, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation

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