Course 10: Power Wheelchairs

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Welcome to Course 10: Power Wheelchairs

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of Power Wheelchairs (PWC), the categories of users and equipment, their construction and drive controls, their order forms, and the role of the CRT Supplier for training, configuration, fitting, and delivery.

Please start by watching this video introduction

This course consists of six (6) lessons:

  • Categories of PWCs and PWC Users
  • The Drive Wheel Configuration
  • Power Seating Systems
  • Driver Controls
  • Putting It All Together – Evaluations, Decisions, Order Forms
  • Power Wheelchairs: Summary and Final Quiz



The purpose of this course is to understand the fundamentals of power wheelchairs and how they can be configured to provide benefits of ease, comfort, and functionality.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the 3 categories of power mobility users
  • Describe the 3 device categories for power mobility
  • List the pros and cons for each device category
  • Describe the 3 types of drive wheel configuration
  • List the pros and cons for each drive wheel configuration
  • List 1 reason for each of the 4 Powered seating options
  • Describe the difference between joystick and switch-based driver controls.

Please download and review the Course 10 Resource list. On this list is a Power Wheelchair Guide by Permobil. Please download and review this right away.

Course 10: Power Wheelchairs Resource List