Advanced Health Care Practice Program (MClSc)


The first program of its kind in Canada, the Advanced Health Care Practice (MClSc) program is a one-year (three terms) course-based master's program offering an opportunity for experienced health-care professionals to obtain graduate-level education in a clinical specialty. This course-based master's program links advanced clinical practice to critical appraisal of research evidence.

Program Structure

The Advanced Health Care Practice program is delivered using a combination of online courses and three on-site residency periods during which clinical skills, lectures and labs are provided. There are three intensive residency periods when in-class sessions when students are required to be on campus at Western. Those periods take place in September, January/February and July.

The Advanced Health Care Practice program offers two fields of study:

Manipulative Therapy


  • Prepares physiotherapists to be advanced clinicians in the assessment and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction and provide effective management of complex clinical conditions

  • Students participate in three mandatory residency periods at Western in September (3.5 weeks), February (3 weeks) and July (2 weeks)

  • Through clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, and experienced orthopaedic practice, the physiotherapist will be able to apply the biopsychosocial framework to manage clients, and when indicated, use the skill of manipulation safely, effectively and appropriately in their own clinical practice

  • Students acquire competencies in pharmacology, diagnostic imaging and motivational interviewing for clinical practice
  • Successful graduates are eligible to apply as a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT)

  • Graduates obtain the research and professionalism competencies necessary for CPA specialization


  • Designed for registered fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) possessing an Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy and wanting to expand their professional and research interests.

  • Students participate in two required residency periods at Western (September - 3 days, July - 2 days)

  • Students in the FCAMPT stream take fewer courses than those in the full program, however the tuition fees are the same

Wound Healing

  • Designed to provide an educational experience at the graduate level that will focus on the development of specialized clinical skills and research methods needed to assess and treat people with acute and chronic wounds

  • Students participate in three mandatory residency periods at Western in September (2.5 weeks), January (2.5 weeks) and July (1 week)

  • This is an interprofesional field of study that is open to a variety of health care professionals with relevant clinical experience (e.g., PT, OT, Chiropodists, MD, Nursing)