Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy Refresher

CANCELLED: January 2017 session of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy Refresher course has been cancelled. Next session dates to be determined.

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This hybrid course (both online and on-site components) will provide a comprehensive, accessible refresher course for those physical therapists interested in entering or returning to the cardiorespiratory practice setting.

The course will assist participants in selecting appropriate assessment and treatment techniques; interpreting diagnostic tools such as lab results and chest X-rays; appropriate practice of oxygen titration and suctioning; treatment and discharge planning; and management of acute and chronic respiratory conditions. Extensive use of computerized simulation mannequins will be included in the on-site components to provide a realistic, low-risk environment in which to learn and practice these high-stakes skills.

The course will not review basic physical therapy (PT) principles. Instead, it is aimed at assisting participants to renew skills with a reflective, evidence-based, interprofessional approach, readying them to enter Canadian cardiorespiratory practice throughout the continuum of care. At course completion, participants will be more confident in their practical skills and clinical decision-making, more competitive applicants for employment in cardiorespiratory PT practice, and stronger contributors to the workplace.


This course uses a hybrid format of online and on-site learning, consisting of:

  • 5 weeks of online interactive learning (e.g., review material, online quizzes and practice problems, video case, audio and visual examples of assessment findings, evidence-based best practice guidelines, and access to university library resources), interaction with instructor and peers via online Discussion Board
  • 2 weekend workshops to provide hands-on practice of assessment and treatment skills, practice using a computerized simulation mannequin and real equipment, small group opportunities to practice clinical reasoning, guest speakers and exam practice (multiple choice question (MCQ) tests and behavioural learning scenarios)

Participants who fulfill online and on-site participation requirements will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the program.

Course Dates

Workshop Component Dates
Online Learning Component #1 To be Determined 
On-site Workshop #1 To be Determined

Online Learning Component #2 To be Determined
On-Site Workshop #2 To be Determined


Online learning component:  Review of online materials and interaction via online environment will be focused over 5 weeks. Online resources will be available throughout the course.

On-site Workshops: It is expected that all participants are available to attend both of the on-site workshops.

Deadline for Applications: To be Determined

Deadline to be eligible for early bird rate: To be Determined



This course is open to:

  • physical therapists (Canadian- or internationally-trained), registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, who have clinical experience beyond degree requirements
  • internationally educated physical therapists (IEPTs) who have not yet passed the PCE exam, who
    • have had their physical therapy education assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance) and have been credentialed* by The Alliance as substantially equivalent and
    • have experience working with patients in a healthcare context in English.

    Note: Credentialed IEPTs who do not have experience working with patients in English may be eligible if they have passed the PCE Written Component (MCQ).

*Please note: Upon receiving an application from a candidate in this situation, the OIEPB program will verify this criterion with The Alliance.

Language Requirements

English proficiency is a key requirement for professional communications within physiotherapy practice. Therefore, all applicants must meet the language requirements as outline here.

A copy of the results must be sent to the OIEPB Program via email or mail.   You must have your language requirement approved before the course start date.

A copy of a degree or diploma from a predominantly English speaking country is accepted in lieu of the IELTS or TOEFL test.   If you have any questions regarding this please contact

Additional Requirements

All applicants must be able to meet the following additional requirements:

  • Available to attend the 2 scheduled weekend workshops and participate in online environment
  • Basic computer literacy with daily access to computer, Internet and email (Please note: the online learning interface is best accessed through a laptop or computer rather than solely through iPad , tablet or equivalent)

Expectations for Participation

Potential course participants should be aware that online learning components may require at least 6-8 hours per week for review of learning resources and participation in online case studies. The timing of this participation is flexible, but learners are encouraged to pace their learning week by week.

Attendance and participation in both weekend workshops, completion of 2-3 short, independent assignments, and participation in the online case study are required for course completion. Course participants will also have the opportunity to practice MCQ and behavioural learning scenarios; however, performance in these activities will not affect course standing.

Applicants should be aware that basic physical therapy knowledge and skills (e.g., human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, patient interaction skills) are assumed as prior knowledge and will not be addressed in detail in these courses. Participants should be prepared that these courses are quite time-intensive, and taught at an entry-to-practice level.

Applicants who are interested in specific practice for the PCE Written or Practical Components should consider taking Exam Skills Preparation Workshops and/or applying to the OIEPB Comprehensive Program.

Online Registration, Fees & Financial Assistance

Link to Online Application Form


Deadline for Applications: To  be Determined

Deadline to be eligible for early bird rate: To be Determined

Applicants will be notified of their status on or before: To be Determined

Before registering please make sure you have ready:

  • your contact information
  • details of your PT entry-to-practice education or proof of your PT Registration in Ontario
  • details of previous PT and/or health care work and/or volunteer experience
  • Language verification document (if English is not your first language or you did not train in an English speaking country)
  • details of your PCE attempts (if applicable)
  • current resume


$950.00 Early Bird Registration Fee (to be determined)

$1000.00 Registration Fee

Payment will be required (online, via Credit Card) once participants have been notified of their acceptance into the course. Please note that course will be limited to 20 participants.


Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available for  Internationally Educated Physical Therapists who meet the eligibility requirements of the OBPAP Bursary Program.  Please contact the program administrator for more information.

Practicing PTs may wish to apply to the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered by HealthForceOntario for reimbursement of course fees.


Additional Information

This course will give participants the opportunity to refresh, update, and apply skills and knowledge, and to practice mock test scenarios (multiple choice tests, and OSCE exams). Individuals who require more comprehensive assistance in transitioning to Canadian physical therapy practice and/or were not educated in English, may wish to participate in the Comprehensive (10-month) OIEPB program.

Course Development

The Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy Refresher module was designed using

  • principles of adult learning
  • the Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada
  • an Advisory Council of physical therapists currently in cardiorespiratory practice, faculty members from the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy, and faculty from the OIEPB program
  • techniques and approaches grounded in evidence-based practice, referencing current best-practice guidelines

Cancellation Policy

Individuals who withdraw on or before the cancellation deadline will receive a refund to the credit card the original payment was made minus a $50 administration feeNo refunds will be issued to individuals who withdraw after the cancellation deadline or who fail to attend.

Full refunds will only be given if the workshop is cancelled.


For more information about the Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy Refresher course, please contact the Program Administrator by email at or call 416-946-3414.