Oxygen Titration and Administration for Physical Therapists and Regulated Health Professionals – Fall 2017

21-27 October, 2017

A One-Week Online Course Presented by Lindsay Beavers, PT, BScKin, MPT; Erin Miller, PT, MScPT; Lisa Wickerson, BScPT, MSc

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

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Oxygen administration and titration, a controlled act with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, requires a thorough understanding of pathophysiological components of the cardiorespiratory system and mechanisms of hypoxemia. Accurate cardiorespiratory assessment, monitoring, and analytical skills are also required to safely and effectively provide this intervention. In this online course, you will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for physical therapists to provide safe and effective oxygen administration and titration to patients across the continuum of care. We will discuss pathophysiological causes of respiratory conditions and complications such as hypoxemia in the context of physical therapy interventions including oxygen titration, exercise, and mobilization. Alongside this sound theoretical overview, we will demonstrate oxygen administration and titration through case-based learning with simulation using video. This course is designed to build upon foundational entry-to-practice Physical Therapy to advance practical knowledge and skills.

Participants are expected to complete the course in a set one-week period. Online activities are equivalent to approximately 5-6 hours over the course of the week, and may be completed at any time, day or night.

* This course is open to all Regulated Health Professionals who work under delegation or medical directives, although it will focus on contexts most pertinent to physical therapists.


At the conclusion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the pathophysiological causes of hypoxemia and appropriate physical therapy oxygen administration and titration
  • Assess a patient’s cardiorespiratory status across the continuum of care and recognize hypoxemia in different clinical settings
  • Apply physiological principles of oxygen administration/titration
  • Describe the legal and ethical requirements for performing oxygen administration/titration within the physical therapy scope of practice
  • Apply different oxygen sources and delivery systems and recognize the indications for each
  • Describe the indications and procedures for home oxygen therapy
  • Identify the risks of oxygen therapy and describe precautions and safety procedures.


Lindsay Beavers graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 and has spent the last 9 years working in acute and critical care at St. Michael’s Hospital in addition to working with advanced scope in Melbourne, Australia. With strong interest in cardiorespiratory physical therapy and simulation, Lindsay teaches with the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program and serves as a clinical instructional assistant with the MScPT program at the University of Toronto.

Erin Miller graduated from the University of Toronto’s MScPT program in 2006 and went on to complete the Master of Health Management program at McMaster University in 2013. She has spent the past 9 years working as an acute care physical therapist at Toronto East General Hospital/Michael Garron Hospital and has a keen interest in the area of cardiorespiratory physical therapy. In addition to her clinical work, Erin teaches with the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program and serves as a clinical instructional assistant with the MScPT program at the University of Toronto.

Lisa Wickerson has a BScPT and MSc from the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute with a research focus on oxygenation in individuals with interstitial lung disease during exercise. Lisa has over 15 years of clinical experience in functional assessment and exercise prescription in chronic lung diseases at the University Health Network. Lisa is a lecturer in the cardiorespiratory and exercise physiology unit of the MScPT program as well as an instructor in the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program Cardiorespiratory Modular course at the University of Toronto.


To participate in this online course, you will need:

  1. An up-to-date web browser, preferably Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
  2. A recent version of Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/)
  3. A recent version of Adobe Flash.  It can be downloaded from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ although some web browsers include it.

It is possible to view course content and participate on the discussion board with a smart phone using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app; however, it cannot be used to take tests. Links to download the app for iOS, Android, and Blackberry can be found at:  http://www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca/content/blackboard-mobile-learn


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Registration fees include all instruction, online access, and resources:

Early Bird Fee:                 $145.00 (received on or before Thursday, 21 September, 2017)

Regular Fee:                      $180.00 (received after Thursday, 21 September, 2017)

Registration deadline:   14 October, 2017


Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

For further information please contact: pt.coned@utoronto.ca

Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be made 5 days prior to the commencement of the course.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.