Physical TherapyWestern Health Sciences

First Year Courses

The first year of the MPT curriculum introduces students to field of physical therapy and provides an opportunity for students to participate in their first clinical placement.

Term 1

Download: Term 1 timetable (PDF)  |  Term 1 evaluation schedule (PDF)

Foundations: 14 Weeks in Sept. - Dec.

ACB9501 - Gross Anatomy

The overall course objectives are to:

  • Identify the major structures of each of the body regions
  • Correlate structure and function as it applies to the gross anatomical features and overallfunction of the body systems
  • Integrate basic physiological and biomechanical concepts, to better understand the grossanatomical structure and function
  • Provide practical examples of how the anatomical knowledge may be applied to the students’ varied disciplines (kinesiology, physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT))
  • Develop an appreciation for a number of injury mechanisms and congenital anomalies

PT9510a - Professional Practice Issues

2 case/lecture hours per week for 14 weeks; .5 course credit

This course is comprised of lecture/presentations, group discussions in assigned learning teams and case studies preparing the student for professional practice as an autonomous health care practitioner in a multidimensional health care environment.

PT9511w - Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 14 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course is designed to introduce the underlying fundamentals of Physical Therapy practice. Students will gain an understanding of basic muscle physiology and biomechanics, pain mechanisms and control, underlying theories and use of therapeutic modalities, physiological changes across the lifespan, common pathologies, and gait aid theory and prescription.

PT9512w - Integrated Assessment Skills

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 14 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles and applications of basic techniques in physical therapy assessment. A modified case vignette approach is utilized throughout the course to augment theoretical knowledge and provide opportunities to apply knowledge to practical scenarios.

PT9513a - Integrated Assessment Skills

3 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 9 weeks; .5 course credits

This course consists of a three-hour per week series of both lectures and labs and aims to introduce human functional anatomy as it applied to the clinical practice of physical therapy.

ACB9531 - Anatomy & Cell Biology Neuroscience for Rehabilitation Sciences

This course helps students develop a working understanding of the function and organization of the central and peripheral nervous system, emphasizing neurological examples encountered by rehabilitation professionals.

Term 2

(a) Regional Conditions: 8 Weeks in Jan. - March

Download: Term 2(a) timetable (PDF)  |  Term 2(a) evaluation schedule (PDF)

PT9521x - Regional Assessment

7 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 7 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to focus general assessment knowledge, skills and behaviours toward regional orthopaedic assessments. The course will introduce the fundamental components of regional orthopaedic assessments, with an emphasis on assessing global musculoskeletal impairments, rather than specific pathologies.

PT9522x - Treatment of Regional Conditions

7 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 7 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course provides students with an integrated approach to treatment including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the use of modalities. This mandatory course will focus on the treatment of physical impairments (eg pain, swelling, hypomobility) and functional limitations, rather than specific pathologies, using a clinical reasoning approach.

PT9523b - Applied Cardiorespiratory Physiology

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 7 weeks; .5 course credit

This course focuses on the integrated study of human respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, with oxygen transport the conceptual basis for unified functioning, both at rest and in response to heightened physical activity (exercise stress), in order to support the variable metabolic needs of the body.

PT9528b - Critical Appraisal and Evidence Based Practice

2 case/lecture hours per week for 14 weeks; .5 course credits

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and opportunities to develop the skills required to critically appraise the quantitative health care research literature in order to support a rational, evidence-based physical therapy practice.

(b) Clinical Practice Settings: 14 Weeks in March - June

Download: Term 2(b) timetable (PDF)  |  Term 2(b) evaluation schedule (PDF)

PT9524x - Physical Therapy in Community Settings I

4 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 14 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course examines common conditions of the neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems across the life span in children and older adults seen by physical therapists working in community settings.

PT9525x - Physical Therapy in Rehabilitation Settings I

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 14 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course examines common conditions of the neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems across the life span in children and older adults seen by physical therapists working in community settings.

PT9526x - Physical Therapy in Acute Care Settings I

4 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 14 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course mixes theoretical and practical learning experiences designed to fulfil the needs of the student in the critical evaluation and physical therapy management of the patient with either acute or chronic cardiac, vascular, respiratory, neurological, and/or musculoskeletal dysfunction commonly treated in the acute care (hospital) setting.

PT9527x - Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy Clinics I

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 14 weeks; 1.5 course credits

This course provides students with an introduction to musculoskeletal conditions and their management.

Term 3

Junior Clinical Experience: 6 Weeks in June - July

PT9581 - Junior Clinical Experience (6 weeks)

Full-time clinical experience in a designated clinical placement setting.

This placement provides the opportunity for students to observe and practice basic assessment and treatment skills under the supervision of a registered Physical Therapist.