Physical TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Wound Healing

The MClSc program objectives will be achieved through a 12-month (3 terms) period comprised of two academic courses, two clinical specialty courses, and the following two full-year courses:

Clinical Mentorship (PT9620)

A minimum of 100 hours of clinical mentorship will be completed in a designated clinical placement setting. If an appropriate mentor is not available near the student’s home, the mentorship will be organized with a qualified mentor in the London or Toronto region. Students are required to have a current practice license and applicable malpractice insurance.

Resarch Experience (PT9630)

A research experience using methodology taught in PT9600. The course will provide students with the opportunities to critically appraise scientific literature related to wound healing. The research project can be performed in a group or individually, depending on the topic and the interests of the student. It culminates in a presentation at Research Day in July.

Program Model

Fall Term (Sept. - Dec.)

PT9600: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

This course is designed to provide participants with an introduction to quantitative research methods, including:
  • Basic study design and critical appraisal of studies evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention (randomized trials and observational studies)
  • Validity of a diagnostic test
  • Identification of risk factors for disease development
  • Identification of prognostic factors for disease outcomes
  • The validity of a systematic review

PT9660: Wound Management Principles and Assessment

This course instructs and evaluates specialized clinical skills and clinical reasoning specific to the field of wound healing, including:
  • Utilizing appropriate wound healing outcome measures
  • Understanding etiology underlying common types of chronic wounds
  • Lower limb assessment and compression therapy
  • Wound dressing selection
  • Wound cleansing and debridement

PT9620: Clinical Mentorship
See course description above.

PT9630: Research Experience
See course description above.

On-Campus Residency Period: 2.5 weeks in September

Winter Term (Jan. - April)

PT9610: Advanced Professional Practice (February - April)

This course introduces medical diagnostic testing and pharmacology to the advanced orthopaedic physical therapy practitioner. It will also focus on:

  • Professionalism
  • Critical thinking
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Reflective practice
  • Experiential learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • Development of expertise
  • Leadership within the orthopaedic physical therapy practice

PT9670: Advanced Wound Treatment

This course develops the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to use adjunctive therapies in the treatment of chronic wounds. The course includes:
  • Review of background knowledge
  • Appraisal of clinical and basic research evidence to aid in the selection of the best therapeutic modality
  • Advanced knowledge in the application of physical modalities such as electrical stimulation therapy (EST) for the treatment of common types of chronic wounds

PT9620: Clinical Mentorship
See course description above.

PT9630: Research Experience
See course description above.

On-Campus Residency Period: 2.5 weeks in January

Summer Term (May - Aug.)

PT9620: Clinical Mentorship
Completion of clinical mentorship hours and satisfactory performance on clinical exam (to be scheduled during summer residency period - July).
See course description above.

PT9630: Research Experience
Presentation of results from a supervised research experience at the School of Physical Therapy Research Day (to be scheduled in July each year).

PT9690: Clinical Skills Exam
This course is designed to assist students as they prepare for the clinical skills examination. Student attendance at practice labs during residency week is mandatory and provides a comprehensive review of PT9660 and PT9670 course material. Testing focuses on assessing the student’s practical, oral, written and clinical reasoning skills. The clinical skills exam will be scheduled over a six- to eight-hour time period and the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) format for testing will be utilized.

On-Campus Residency Period: 1 week in July

Progression Requirements

In order for students to progress in the program, the following requirements must be met on an ongoing basis:

  1. Students must attain an overall average of no less than 70% on all required courses in the program and no less than 60% in any one course
    • In the clinical specialty courses which include both written and practical evaluations, students may be required to obtain an overall minimum average of 65% in BOTH the practical and theoretical components of the course in order to pass the course
    • Failure of one or both of these required components will result in a grade of “F” (fail)
    • Grades obtained in team projects/presentations will not be used to calculate minimum requirements for progression
    • Details regarding the requirements for passing a course and marking criteria will be provided in each course outline
  2. Completion of clinical mentorship hours
  3. Passing grade on clinical examination administered during the summer residency period (July)
  4. Completion of the supervised research project (minimum 70% of PT9630 course requirements)
  5. Attendance at mandatory residency periods

Please note:

Residency period dates will be provided for each academic year once they have been determined.

Withdrawal from the program is mandatory for students who have failed any of the progression requirements (see above). Students may appeal to the School Director for relief from the requirement to withdraw.