Curriculum

Our Goals

Class of 2021 and Beyond 

Starting in Sept 2019, we will launch a revised MScPT curriculum (graduating class of 2021). In the revised curriculum, our shared educational values of the educators and learners consist of three foundational pillars: critical thinking, an inquiry mindset and a strong sense of professionalism.

Critical thinking is the ability to interpret, integrate, analyze, and evaluate various forms of knowledge to make judgments/inferences in order to make the best evidence-informed decisions for clients, families, and communities.  The diverse knowledge we draw on includes clinical and life sciences, humanities and social sciences, and global and indigenous knowledge.  Critical thinking requires learners to embrace ambiguity, to reflect and make changes to self and one’s practice.  A critical thinker is receptive to new ideas and ways of thinking, challenges conventional practices and will innovate new ones. 

An inquiry mindset is characterized by the learner taking initiative to access relevant information and viewpoints.  This mindset equips the learner to strive for the highest level of competence by employing the habits of mind needed to succeed throughout one’s professional careers.  Habits of mind that support an inquiry mindset include self-directed and life-long learning, flexibility in thinking, creativity and innovation, and persistence and resilience in the face of difficulties.

Professionalism means acting with integrity and respect, demonstrating leadership within and outside the profession, and working towards the development of a physical therapy identity that reflects these core values.  We are committed to principles of equity and diversity.  This means implementing a process where learners are engaged in learning to become systemic advocates for the clients, families and diverse communities that we serve.

Based on these values, our goal is to graduate academic physical therapy practitioners who will demonstrate:

1. Critical Thinking Skills

We define critical thinking as encompassing three distinct but related domains of:

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Critical appraisal
  • Critical reflexivity

2. Inquiry Mindset

  • A flexible and open mind to learning new knowledge
  • Taking the initiative in their learning
  • Being self-directed in their learning

3. Professionalism

  • Ability to act as self-regulating professionals who exhibit strong personal, moral, and ethical values
  • Cognizant of the changing laws, codes, and guidelines that impact themselves and their clients
  • Creative entrepreneurs with sound business acumen capable of excelling in professional practice in a wide variety of venues

Nature of Teaching and Learning Environment

Based on the revised educational mission of the MScPT program and the three overarching pillars, we aim to generate a teaching and learning environment that consists of the following specific values and actions.

The learning environment will enable learners to:

  • Embrace complexity
  • Deal with uncertainty
  • Develop and practice resilience and perseverance

Instructors will develop a teaching environment to facilitate learning by modeling these educational values:

  • Cultivating a supportive learning environment
  • Providing opportunities for creativity and innovation
  • Supporting and challenging the learners
  • Using a common language to explicate our educational values (e.g., critical thinking, integration, inquiry-mindset)
  • Ensuring our shared language reflects our educational values
  • Integrating diverse content and practice settings
  • Supporting learners with diverse learning needs through multimodal teaching and learning methods
  • Creating and using authentic cases

In the revised curriculum, we maintain the educational practices of Clinical and Basic Sciences, Evidence-Based Practice, Professionalism and Interprofessional Education and Multiple Educational Strategies

Revised Course Code Weights and Grades

PHT 1101H Critical Foundations of Physical Therapy 0.50 Grade 
PHT 1102Y Physical Therapy Practice I 3.00 Grade 
PHT 1103Y Physical Therapy Practice II 3.00 Grade 
PHT 1104Y Physical Therapy Practice III 3.00 Grade
PHT 1105Y Clinical Internship I 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT 1106H Advanced Critical Thinking in Physical Therapy 0.50 Grade 
PHT 1107H Scholarly Practice I 0.50 Grade 
PHT 1108Y Clinical Internship II 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT 1109Y Clinical Internship III 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT 1110Y Physical Therapy Practice IV 3.00 Grade
PHT 1111H Selected Topics in Physical Therapy 0.50 Grade
PHT 1112Y Clinical Internship IV 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT 1113Y Scholarly Practice II and III 1.0 Grade
PHT 1114Y Clinical Internship V 0.75 H/P/FZ
    Total= 18.75  

*B- (70%) is a passing grade for MScPT students. H/P/FZ=Honours/Pass/Fail.

Units of Instruction 

Year 1

PHT1101H Critical Foundations of Physical Therapy (4 weeks)

This is the first course of the MscPT program and will cover general topics related to physical therapy theory, frameworks of  critical thinking and inquiry mindset, interviewing, documentation, basic skills and professionalism will be introduced in this course.

PHT1102Y Physical Therapy Practice I (12 weeks)

This is the first clinical course in the program and focuses on basic musculoskeletal issues. 

PHT1103Y Physical Therapy Practice II (9 weeks)

This course focuses on cardiorespiratory physical therapy practice.

PHT1104Y Physical Therapy Practice III (11 weeks)

The focus of this course is neurological physical therapy practice.

PHT1105Y Clinical Internship I (6 weeks)

This is the first clinical internship in the MScPT program.

PHT1106H Advanced Critical Thinking in Physical Therapy (5 weeks)

This course focuses on advanced critical thinking with an emphasis on interpreting, integrating, analyzing and evaluating the various forms of knowledge and skills introduced in previous clinical units (musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological) with more complex pathologies.

Year 2 

PHT1107H Scholarly Practice I (3 weeks)

This course focuses on integrating practice in physical therapy with research and program evaluation.

PHT1108Y Clinical Internship II (6 weeks)

This is the second clinical internship in the MScPT program.

PHT1109Y Clinical Internship III (6 weeks)

This is the third clinical internship in the MScPT program.

PHT1110Y Physical Therapy Practice IV (12 weeks)

The focus of this course is advanced neuromuscular physical therapy practice.

PHT1111H Selected Topics in Physical Therapy (3 weeks)

In this course, students select two modules where they will explore areas of interest and develop a deeper understanding of topics in physical therapy and/or rehabilitation beyond the level expected for entry-level to practice. 

PHT1112Y Clinical Internship IV (6 weeks)

This is the fourth clinical internship in the MScPT program.

PHT1113Y Scholarly Practice II & III (6 weeks)

This course has an emphasis on developing and applying knowledge, skills and behaviors relevant to students’ research, focusing particularly on the data analysis, interpretation of findings and writing components of their projects.

PHT1114Y Clinical Internship V (6 weeks)

This is the final clinical internship in the MScPT program.

Renewed Curriculum Webinar

To learn more about our renewed curriculum, please watch our Renewed Curriculum webinar.


Our Goals

Class of 2019 and Class of 2020

The goal of the University of Toronto MScPT Curriculum is to develop highly competent academic practitioners who will consistently demonstrate the essential competencies of a practicing physical therapist in a wide range of settings upon graduation.  Central to this goal of the program is the assumption that graduates will be able to gather and analyze evidence, identify professional issues, practice sound decision-making, exercise good judgment and engage in best practices as well as lifelong learning. Our graduates will practice in unique, complex situations that demand insight and understanding of conflicting values and a variety of ethical stances in social, cultural and organizational contexts. They will develop confidence, competence and ethical sensitivity towards individuals and groups and demonstrate these attributes in their clinical practice.

In addition, the purpose of the MScPT program is to graduate academic physical therapy practitioners who will demonstrate:

1. Best Practices

  • share their knowledge with students, clients, policy makers, and other professionals in academic health science environments
  • have enhanced competency in clinical skills
  • participate in clinical and health care research, contributing to the overall body of scientific knowledge
  • be cognizant of advanced technological practice

2. Professionalism

  • have ability to act as self-regulating professionals who exhibit strong personal, moral, and ethical values
  • be cognizant of the changing laws, codes, and guidelines that impact on themselves and their clients
  • be creative entrepreneurs with sound business acumen capable of excelling in professional practice in a wide variety of venues

3. Leadership

  • serve as role models for students and other health professionals as expert consultants in the fields of movement and physical capacity
  • serve as strong players with exemplary interpersonal skills, secure in their evolving role within changing health service delivery

4. Citizenship

  • be innovative leaders in physical therapy, rehabilitation, and the health system
  • be strong negotiators, advocates, and collaborators who proactively address interprofessional practice and health policy with an eye to maintaining and improving not only the health of clients but of the health system as a whole

Attributes of our Graduates

  1. Physical Therapy Expert: The program prepares students to be competent excellent entry level practitioners with expertise in the science of physical therapy, and with an ability to integrate all of the roles to provide leadership in the promotion, improvement, and maintenance of the mobility, health, and well-being of clients.
  2. Communicator: The program prepares students to use effective communication to develop professional relationships with clients, families, care providers, and other stakeholders.
  3. Collaborator: The Program prepares students for collaborative practice to support quality client centered care.
  4. Manager: The program prepares students to manage time, resources, and priorities in physical therapy practice.
  5. Advocate: The program prepares students to responsibly use their knowledge and expertise to promote the health and well-being of clients.
  6. Scholarly Practitioner: The program prepares students to be lifelong learners in order to improve client outcomes through seeking, creating, applying, disseminating, and translating knowledge to physical therapy practice.
  7. Professional: The program prepares students to demonstrate ethical practice, support of the profession, and high personal standards of behaviour.

Educational Principles

Integration of Clinical and Basic Sciences

Opportunities are provided within the curriculum to integrate knowledge from both the clinical and basic sciences in order to understand and apply the concepts of evidence-based practice. Students learn to utilize the concepts and applications in the context of the changing health care system. An emphasis is placed on movement, which occurs on a continuum from the microscopic level to the level of the individual in society. Movement is influenced by life span. Both the client and the physical therapy delivered are affected by human development, growth, and the aging process.

Evidence-Based Practice

Scientific inquiry skills and integration of evidence-based principles into clinical decision-making are fundamental in the curriculum. Students develop their abilities to critically analyze and problem-solve, integrating information from empirical, scientific literature and practical experience. Physical therapy is practiced across a continuum of care where therapeutics is delivered in acute, rehabilitative, chronic and community settings to address impairments, disabilities, and in some instances, handicaps. Students are able to render sound clinical judgments and to continually evaluate their findings and therapeutic approaches.

Development of Professionalism and Interprofessional Education

Students learn and develop the skills essential to become health care professionals. Professional values, responsibility, accountability, sensitivity and ethical attitudes towards both the consumer and health care community are emphasized. Development of effective verbal and written communication is fostered throughout the program. Students learn to evaluate and consider the implications of their professional actions. Students are provided with opportunities to have interprofessional mentoring, to learn from faculty from diverse disciplines and interact with small groups of interprofessional students in the clinical setting.

Multiple Educational Strategies

Professional education requires students to engage in diverse and varying learning experiences and types of evaluation. The complexity of the learning experiences evolves throughout the program. Students are also encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility for their education and professional development. Collaborative learning experiences are fostered with students, faculty, physical therapy practitioners and other members of the health care system.

MScPT Best Practices Curriculum is designed to integrate Systems, Research and Internship Components organized in twelve units to maximize educational principles. Four major themes are integral to the curriculum. Educational strategies for the program will be lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, case-based learning, structured clinical sessions, integrated sessions, structured site visits, and clinical internships. An enhanced research approach has been added to the curriculum. Students are required to take all units.

Structure of the Best Practices Curriculum

Systems Component

Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8. This component is designed to provide the basic and clinical sciences of physical therapy; the principles of assessment, management, measurement and outcomes of evidence-based practice for the major systems that are integral to the practice of physical therapy. Therapeutic approaches are incorporated into the curricular design. These include: health promotion and disability prevention, therapeutic intervention, minimization of disability and optimization of ability, and restoration of functional capacity.

Research Component

Units 6, 10 and 12. This component is designed to integrate practice in physical therapy with research and program evaluation. The focus of these units is on developing student’s skills in critical appraisal, critical thinking and problem solving. A research project is introduced as part of the requirement of the program, under supervision of a practitioner and an academic faculty. The project will be presented at a formal Research Day.

Internship Component

Units 4/14, 7, 9 and 11. This component is designed to provide the opportunity to integrate the professional systems and research components while continuing to learn in practice settings, and develop clinical competence.

Weights and Grades for Courses

Course Code Title Credit Weight Grades*
PHT1001H Intro to Professional PT Practice, Evaluation and Research 0.00 P/FZ
PHT1002Y Cardiorespiratory & Exercise Physical Therapy Practice 3.00 Letter Grade
PHT1003Y Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice 3.00 Letter Grade
PHT1004Y Clinical Internship – Cardiorespiratory 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT1014Y Clinical Internship – Musculoskeletal I 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT1005Y Neurological Physical Therapy Practice 3.50 Letter Grade
PHT1006Y Research & Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice I 0.75 Letter Grade
PHT1007Y Clinical Internship – Neuroscience 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT1008Y Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice 2.75 Letter Grade
PHT1009Y Clinical Internship – Musculoskeletal II 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT1010Y Research & Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice II 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT1011Y Clinical Internship – Selective 0.75 H/P/FZ
PHT1012Y Research & Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice III 1.0 Letter Grade

*B- (70%) is a passing grade for MScPT students. H/P/FZ=Honours/Pass/Fail.

Units of Instruction – Class of 2019

PHT1001H and PHT1002Y: Introduction and Cardiorespiratory & Exercise Physical Therapy Practice (14 weeks)

In this unit, students are introduced to the field of Physical Therapy, disability studies and how science, practice, evaluation, research, business and ethics are integrated into the field. This unit also integrates the principles of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, clinical pathobiology and dysfunction with the assessment, analysis and management of clients with acute or chronic respiratory and/or cardiovascular conditions. The content in this unit is critical to the holistic and comprehensive management of all clients. Evaluation of practice and clinical problem solving provide opportunities to develop an understanding of both the science and practice of Physical Therapy.

PHT1003Y: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (16 Weeks)

This unit introduces the principles of assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system based on an approach that integrates scientific and biomechanical principles with basic clinical skills. Content includes connective tissue structure and pathophysiology as they relate to musculoskeletal disorder, a systematic study of joints (peripheral and central), posture and gait. Professional and ethical practice issues are expanded from topics in Unit 2 and integrated throughout the unit. Learning strategies include small-group work, seminars, lectures, structured independent study units, clinical skills laboratories, tutorials and structured clinical sessions. This unit also includes a three week clinical internship focusing on mobility, transfers, interviewing, interacting with patients and health care teams while demonstrating safe and professional practice.

Structure and Function Component

The structure and function component (Anatomy, Biomechanics, Physiology and Pathology) runs concurrently and integratively with Units 1, 2 and 3. Lectures, laboratories, tutorials and case-based learning approaches are provided to assist with the integration of the clinical and basic sciences.

PHT1004Y: Clinical Internship – Cardiorespiratory & Exercise Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on general Physical Therapy practice including themes of exercise and cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy practice. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 4 are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a clinical setting. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs.

PHT1014Y: Clinical Internship – General Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical internship unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on themes of mobility and basic musculoskeletal Physical Therapy practice. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 4 are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a clinical setting. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved physical therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs.

PHT1005Y: Neurological Physical Therapy Practice (14 weeks)

Unit 5 integrates the principles of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neuropathology and movement dysfunction to the assessment, analysis and management of clients with neurological disorders. The Unit promotes a client-centred approach to the management of neurological clients, across the health care continuum, across the lifespan and based on the best practices. An interprofessional approach to the care of clients with neurological dysfunction is emphasized, with exposure to various roles of the multidisciplinary team. Learning strategies include interactive lectures, small group case work, clinical skills laboratories, structured clinical sessions as well as independent study time.

PHT1006Y: Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice I (3 weeks)

This is the first of three units integrating practice in physical therapy with research and program evaluation. The focus of this unit is on further developing student’s skills in critical appraisal, critical thinking and problem solving. Students will be introduced to a wide range of research designs currently being applied in the field of physical therapy spanning both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Learning strategies include seminars, small group work, in-depth analysis of the literature and both written and oral presentations. Students will develop their protocol for a clinical research project, which will be conducted in the remainder of the year.

PHT1007Y: Clinical Internship – Neurological Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on neurological Physical Therapy practice. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 7 are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a clinical setting. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs.

PHT1008Y: Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (17 weeks)

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge relating to the pathophysiology and management of selected neuromusculoskeletal conditions and to further develop basic physiotherapeutic skills in assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The unit promotes a client centred approach to management and a progressive professional perspective by providing strategies and opportunities for the integration of knowledge from across the curriculum. Learning strategies include lectures, laboratories, small group work and structured clinical sessions. The unit is divided into two sections with an internship in the middle to enhance skills (Unit 9).

PHT1009Y: Clinical Internship – Advanced Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (5 Weeks)

This clinical unit is embedded within Unit 8 to provide the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science of the field of neuromusculoskeletal into practice. The foci will be on the development of advanced clinical neuromusculoskeletal skills as they relate to the complex client and evolution towards the advanced practitioner. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs and faculty.

PHT1010Y & PHT1012Y: Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice II & III (6 weeks)

The Unit 10 Research Internship gives students the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge, skills and behaviors relevant to their research focusing particularly on the data analysis, interpretation of findings and writing components of their project. Learning strategies include seminars, self-directed group work and individual consultation with research faculty and advisors. At the completion of this unit, students complete and submit a draft of their final paper and a poster that they will use for knowledge exchange.

In Unit 12, the students will focus on the dissemination of the results of their research projects in written and oral formats. In addition, students will learn about the principles of knowledge transfer regarding research findings. The primary goals of the unit are for the students to develop a scientific poster presentation of their projects results that will be presented at a formal Research Day. Students will also complete the writing of a major paper according to the publication guidelines for a research article for a scientific journal. There is also an emphasis on specific ethical/professional and health system issues for the graduating physical therapist.

PHT1011Y: Clinical Internship – Selective Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on the varied roles of the Physical Therapist across the health care system. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 11 are given the opportunity, in this final clinical internship, to apply their skills in a particular interest area of clinical practice or an area needed for completion of the program (e.g. geriatrics). Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs.

Units of Instruction – Class of 2020

PHT1001H and PHT1002Y: Introduction and Cardiorespiratory & Exercise Physical Therapy Practice (14 weeks)

In this unit, students are introduced to the field of Physical Therapy, disability studies and how science, practice, evaluation, research, business and ethics are integrated into the field. This unit also integrates the principles of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, clinical pathobiology and dysfunction with the assessment, analysis and management of clients with acute or chronic respiratory and/or cardiovascular conditions. The content in this unit is critical to the holistic and comprehensive management of all clients. Evaluation of practice and clinical problem solving provide opportunities to develop an understanding of both the science and practice of Physical Therapy.

PHT1003Y: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (13 Weeks)

This unit introduces the principles of assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system based on an approach that integrates scientific and biomechanical principles with basic clinical skills. Content includes connective tissue structure and pathophysiology as they relate to musculoskeletal disorder, a systematic study of joints (peripheral and central), posture and gait. Professional and ethical practice issues are expanded from topics in Unit 2 and integrated throughout the unit. Learning strategies include small-group work, seminars, lectures, structured independent study units, clinical skills laboratories, tutorials and structured clinical sessions. 

Structure and Function Component

The structure and function component (Anatomy, Biomechanics, Physiology and Pathology) runs concurrently and integratively with Units 1, 2 and 3. Lectures, laboratories, tutorials and case-based learning approaches are provided to assist with the integration of the clinical and basic sciences.

PHT1004Y: Clinical Internship – Cardiorespiratory & Exercise Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on general Physical Therapy practice including themes of exercise and cardiorespiratory Physical Therapy practice. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 4 are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a clinical setting. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

PHT1014Y: Clinical Internship – General Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical internship unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on themes of mobility and basic musculoskeletal Physical Therapy practice. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 4 are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a clinical setting. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved physical therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

PHT1005Y: Neurological Physical Therapy Practice (14 weeks)

Unit 5 integrates the principles of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neuropathology and movement dysfunction to the assessment, analysis and management of clients with neurological disorders. The Unit promotes a client-centred approach to the management of neurological clients, across the health care continuum, across the lifespan and based on the best practices. An interprofessional approach to the care of clients with neurological dysfunction is emphasized, with exposure to various roles of the multidisciplinary team. Learning strategies include interactive lectures, small group case work, clinical skills laboratories, structured clinical sessions as well as independent study time.

Program Week (1 week)

Program week occurs after Unit 5 and provides an opportunity for students to engage in review and assessment of the first year’s learning in the program. 

PHT1006Y: Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice I (3 weeks)

This is the first of three units integrating practice in physical therapy with research and program evaluation. The focus of this unit is on further developing student’s skills in critical appraisal, critical thinking and problem solving. Students will be introduced to a wide range of research designs currently being applied in the field of physical therapy spanning both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Learning strategies include seminars, small group work, in-depth analysis of the literature and both written and oral presentations. Students will develop their protocol for a clinical research project, which will be conducted in the remainder of the year.

PHT1007Y: Clinical Internship – Neurological Physical Therapy Practice (5 weeks)

This clinical unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on neurological Physical Therapy practice. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 7 are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a clinical setting. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

PHT1008Y: Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (16 weeks)

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge relating to the pathophysiology and management of selected neuromusculoskeletal conditions and to further develop basic physiotherapeutic skills in assessment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The unit promotes a client centred approach to management and a progressive professional perspective by providing strategies and opportunities for the integration of knowledge from across the curriculum. Learning strategies include lectures, laboratories, small group work and structured clinical sessions. The unit is divided into two sections with an internship in the middle to enhance skills (Unit 9).

PHT1009Y: Clinical Internship – Advanced Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice (6 weeks)

This clinical unit is embedded within Unit 8 to provide the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science of the field of neuromusculoskeletal into practice. The foci will be on the development of advanced clinical neuromusculoskeletal skills as they relate to the complex client and evolution towards the advanced practitioner. Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

PHT1010Y & PHT1012Y: Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice II & III (6 weeks)

The Unit 10 Research Internship gives students the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge, skills and behaviors relevant to their research focusing particularly on the data analysis, interpretation of findings and writing components of their project. Learning strategies include seminars, self-directed group work and individual consultation with research faculty and advisors. At the completion of this unit, students complete and submit a draft of their final paper and a poster that they will use for knowledge exchange.

In the first week of Unit 12, the students will focus on the dissemination of the results of their research projects in written and oral formats. In addition, students will learn about the principles of knowledge transfer regarding research findings. The primary goals of the unit are for the students to develop a scientific poster presentation of their projects results that will be presented at a formal Research Day. Students will also complete the writing of a major paper according to the publication guidelines for a research article for a scientific journal. During the second week of the unit, the emphasis will be on specific ethical/professional and health system issues for the graduating physical therapist.

PHT1011Y: Clinical Internship – Selective Physical Therapy Practice (6 weeks)

This clinical unit provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theory and science into the practice of Physical Therapy, focusing on the varied roles of the Physical Therapist across the health care system. Students who have successfully completed all components of the program up to Unit 11 are given the opportunity, in this final clinical internship, to apply their skills in a particular interest area of clinical practice or an area needed for completion of the program (e.g. geriatrics). Students will be required to spend five full-time weeks in approved Physical Therapy sites coordinated by the Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.