Physical TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Second Year Courses

In Year 2 of the MPT program, students build on the foundation of the first year of study and grow their clinical skills in a wide range of settings. At the end of Year 2, students are ready to be entry-level therapists.

Term 4

Download: Term 4 timetable (PDF)  |  Term 4 evaluation schedule (PDF)

Advanced Practice: 9 Weeks in Sept. - Nov. 

PT9535a - Physical Therapy in Rehabilitation Settings II

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 9 weeks; .5 course credit

This course introduces students to the complex rehabilitation patient and advance their knowledge and skill beyond the fundamental principles and applications of basic techniques in physical therapy assessment and treatment.

PT9536a - Physical Therapy in Acute Care Settings II

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 9 weeks; .5 course credit

This course fulfills the learning needs of the student in the critical multi-system physical, functional, and cognitive evaluation, and advanced physical therapy management of the more complex, often critically ill, patient treated in special care, medical and surgical units in an acute care setting.

PT9537a - Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy Clinics II

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 9wks; .5 course credit

This course provides students with information about more complex musculoskeletal conditions and their management.

PT9539a - Therapeutic Modalities

6 case/lecture/laboratory hours per week for 9 weeks; .5 course credit

This course covers topics related to the use of therapeutic modalities in clinical practice. Students will learn about the theory and application of compression therapy and specialized types of electrical currents including high voltage pulsed current (HVPC), Interferential Current (IFC), Russian Stimulation and EMG triggered Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).

PT9590 - Supervised Research Project

.5 course credit

This course provides students with the opportunity to be involved in research related to physical therapy and to utilize and expand upon the research skills developed in previous physical therapy courses.

Junior Intermediate Clinical Experience: 6 Weeks in Nov. - Dec.

PT9582 - Junior-Intermediate Clinical Experience

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

The junior-intermediate clinical experience placement allows students to observe and practice basic assessment and treatment skills under the supervision of a registered Physical Therapist.

Term 5

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Specialized Practice: 10 Weeks in Jan. - March

PT9540b - Business & Entrepreneurship in PT

.5 course credit

This mandatory course will introduce the student to current health and socio-economic systems within which physiotherapy services are provided.

PT9541 - Physical Therapy in the Community II

.5 course credit

This course continues on from Community Care I and examines more complex conditions of the neurological, cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems across all life spans seen by physical therapists working in community settings.

PT9542b - Manual Therapy

.5 course credit

This course consolidates and expands theoretical knowledge and practical skills covered in previous musculoskeletal courses. There is a large emphasis on practical application of specific techniques as they apply to the cervical, TMJ, lumbo-pelvic/hip regions.

PT9590 - Supervised Research Project (cont'd)

1.0 course credit (cont'd from Term 4)

Elective Courses (Choose two*)

*NOTE: Not all electives are available every year.

PT9543b - Pharmacology for Physical Therapists  (.5 course credit)
This course acquaints students with drug actions and side effects which may affect physical therapy treatment; to familiarize the student with the major types of drugs and medical reasons for drug treatment.

PT9544b - Sports Physiotherapy (.5 course credit)
This course is a series of lectures and labs to introduce the basic knowledge and skills that a physical therapist would require when working in a sports clinical setting or with a sports team.

PT9545b - Pediatrics (.5 course credit)
This course reviews the sequence of typical development, with a focus on motor development and the variety of factors involved in the acquisition of early motor and functional abilities, and specific assessment and intervention approaches for children with congenital, developmental, and acquired motor disabilities.

PT9546b - Women's Health (.5 course credit)
This course introduces students to the role of physical therapists in women's health, specifically obstetrics and gynecology. Students will learn assessment and treatment.

PT9547b - Exercise in Special Populations (.5 course credit)
This course introduces students to the challenges in the clinical evaluation of physical function/fitness and the prescription of individualized programs intended to improve physical performance, condition and/or health, and the specific implications of exercise for a variety of conditions requiring specialized physical therapy care.

PT9548b - Motor Control Colloquium (.5 course credit)
This course exposes students to the literature related to selected issues in motor control.

PT9549b - Advanced Therapeutic Modalities (.5 course credit)
This course helps students obtain knowledge and skills needed to use therapeutic modalities in the treatment of chronic wounds.

PT9551b - Understanding Pain in Rehabilitation (.5 course credit)
This seminar course builds on the participant’s understanding of pain and the ability to manage the patient with pain.

*NOTE: Not all electives are available every year.

Intermediate - Senior Clinical Experiences: 12 Weeks in March - June

PT9583 Intermediate-Senior Clinical Experience (6 weeks)

The intermediate-senior clinical placement experience introduces students to more complex and challenging cases emphasizing the skills required to assess, find and integrate information, select and perform treatment skills under the supervision of a registered Physical Therapist.

PT9584 Senior Clinical Experience (6 weeks)

The senior clinical placement experience allows students to participate as a member of the health care team with exposure to all aspects of Physiotherapy service, clinical care, facility organization and professional/quality management, in a variety of clinical practice settings.

Term 6

Professional Consolidation & Research Project: 5 Weeks in June - July

PT9590 - Supervised Research Project (Cont'd)

1.0 course credit (cont'd from Term 4 and 5)

PT9550L - Professional Consolidation

.5 course credit

This elective seminar course is designed to consolidate elements of professional practice, including professional development needs, and to prepare the student for licensure in Canada.

Professional Consolidation Clinical Experience: 6 Weeks in July - Aug.

PT9585 - Professional Consolidation Clinical Experience

The Professional Consolidation Clinical Placement Experience allows students to participate as a member of the health care team with exposure to all aspects of Physiotherapy service, clinical care, facility organizationand professional/quality management, in a variety of clinical practice settings.