Standards of Professional Behaviour

Within the Physical Therapy program, students are involved in training in ethics and the engaging of the students in the profession and practice of physical therapy under supervision. At all times, students will adhere to the Standards of Ethical Behaviour for the Profession of Physical Therapy (please refer to the CPA Code of Ethics).  Her/his professional activities will be characterized by honesty, integrity, conscientiousness and reliability.  Students will recognize that their involvement in the health care system may put them in positions of power with clients. Students must not take advantage of this position to advocate for their personal gain, values or beliefs. Additionally, students must also adhere to the Standards of Professional Behaviour for all Health Professional Students.

Review of Behavioural and Ethical Performance

The professional and ethical performance of students is a highly valued component of the MScPT Degree Program. It will be assessed during and at the conclusion of all clinical placements, in accordance with the Grading Practices Policy of University of Toronto. If appropriate and necessary, opportunities for remediation will be offered. Breaches of ethical and behavioural standards are serious and represent failure to meet academic standards. Poor performance may be grounds for the requirement of remedial work, denial of promotion, or dismissal from the program.

Student Dress Code

Being a health care professional within the clinical setting carries many responsibilities, including professional dress and behaviour. The dress code exists for your safety as a health professional and the safety of your patients. A dress code policy exists in all clinical facilities and students MUST abide by the policy of the site that they are attending.  A student may be sent home from their clinical internship for the day if the site deems her/his dress to be unacceptable.  In the event that the site wishes the student to comply with theUniversityofToronto, Department of Physical Therapy dress code policy, it is as follows:

  • Conservative, professional and non revealing attire is expected (e.g. clothes must be neat and ironed; shirts sleeves must be at or longer than the mid-humerus level; shorts and skirts must be knee length).  No denim, jeans, track pants, training pants, shirts with logos, sleeveless shirts nor shirts with cap sleeves.
  • Flat shoes must be clean and presentable with a closed heel and toe.
  • Smooth rings that are not at risk of scratching a patient, a short necklace, watch and small stud earrings may be worn; any other visible cosmetic body piercings are not allowed.
  • Hair must be neat and tidy with long hair tied back.
  • Nails must be short and smooth.  Nail polish is not permitted, nor are acrylic and gel overlay nails.
  • Makeup should be discreet.
  • Chewing gum may not be chewed when in the presence of patients.

Student Identification

All students are required to identify themselves as Physical Therapy students throughout the program.  Clinical ID cards (provided by the Department of Physical Therapy) must be worn at all times in clinical facilities.  Students must introduce themselves as PT students to all clients and staff.  Written documentation must clearly be signed ‘PT U of T student’ and ‘year’.  If you lose your Clinical ID Card you must replace it immediately by emailing the Student Liaison Officer at