Core Unit 5: Mobility Assistance and Worker Safety

There are 2 sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Safe Patient Handling and DCPs
  • Section 2: Body Mechanics for Moving Objects

There are learning activities, list of resources, and quiz at the end of each part of this unit. The learning activities will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in the course. 

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. 

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is direct care professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of Unit 5, Section 1, you will be able to:

  • Discuss components of safe patient handling (SPH)
  • List risk factors that put DCP at risk for musculoskeletal injury
  • Recognize environmental conditions that cause high risk to DCPs
  • Discuss injuries of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in DCPs
  • Discuss solutions for high-risk tasks

Upon Completion of Unit 5, Section 2, you will be able to:

  • Apply rules of correct body mechanics for moving objects (not people)
  • Describe methods to safely transport people who use wheelchairs
  • Discuss general methods to safely transfer an individual using a gait belt

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Competencies identified

Analytical/Assessment Skills, Communication Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Marcia Driscoll, RN

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

October 31, 2012