The University of Saskatchewan has offered a Physical Therapy program since 1965. The School of Physical Therapy is an academic unit within the College of Medicine and works closely with Health Science Colleges on campus.
Physical Therapists play an important role in the delivery of health care. The primary goal of physical therapy is to prevent or alleviate movement dysfunction and to promote maximal physical independence and function. Physical Therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centres, sports medicine clinics, long-term care institutions, special-care homes, schools and community programs.
The School of Physical Therapy implented the Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) program in August 2007 to replace the current Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (B.Sc.P.T.) program. Please refer to the educational program section within this website for further information.
One of the exciting aspects of the Physical Therapy curriculum is the integration of clinical practice throughout the program. Students have the opportunity to work with physiotherapists in a variety of clinical settings throughout Saskatchewan, and other parts of Canada. There are also unique opportunities to participate in non-traditional physiotherapy experiences as an undergraduate student, such as recent interdisciplinary student placements in developing countries.
Faculty and Staff
The School of Physical Therapy has 8 full-time faculty, 2.5 academic clinical coordinators, 3 support staff and a number of sessional lecturers and part-time clinical faculty. Faculty members work with colleagues from other departments in the College of Medicine and the other Health Science Colleges. The School partners with the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association in coordinating the Continuing Physical Therapy Education Program.
Faculty members and students are involved in a variety of professional activities provincially, nationally and internationally. As well as acting as consultants primarily in the areas of advanced clinical practice and research, faculty members participate in national projects related to improvement of the health care system. All faculty members contribute to community projects through active membership on health care associations and special lectures to interested groups. Faculty members work closely with colleagues in the health regions througout the province.
Faculty and students are involved in a number of research fields. Recent studies include:
- Development and validation of clinical tests for individuals with musculo-skeletal diseases, such as osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Research investigating the effectiveness of physical therapy treatment including exercise management for these conditions is ongoing.
- Investigation of benefits of group exercise and education programs for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Also, research related to falls in the elderly and maintaining physical activity in individuals with chronic health conditions.
- A number of research projects related to Knowledge Translation, Evidence-based Practice and Interprofessional Education are contributing to knowledge and practice in the areas of competencies, methods and best practice decision-making.
Several research projects, such as these, have led to development of community programs aimed at better quality of life through improved physical function and activity.
Faculty members have also been very involved in secondary research participating as principal investigators or co-investigators in systematic reviews, meta-analysis and development of clinical practice guidelines related to effectiveness of non-pharmacologic interventions for musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
A significant emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to participate in research projects during the summer. These projects incorporate a wide range of topics relating to faculty members' expertise and research pursuits.
Physical Therapy 50th Anniversary
Please join us for “Celebrating Our Success”, the 50th anniversary celebration of the University of Saskatchewan, School of Physical Therapy in September of 2015.
For full information, including registration, please visit our anniversary page here.
MPT Student Handbook
Congratulations! You are one of 40 exceptional students commencing a journey into the profession of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan. You all come from different educational, social and environmental backgrounds and the beauty of this mosaic is the opportunity to bring many relevant life experiences and knowledge with you to be applied and shared with others as you move through the program.
The two+ years ahead are guaranteed to be intense and packed with a wide variety of challenges and achievements. This program is designed to provide opportunities to learn and practice collaborative team work skills with other physical therapy students, with other health science students, with faculty, and with clinical preceptors. Professionalism is an expectation for every Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) student and you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own growth as a health professional and share your goals with your faculty advisor in at least three face to face meetings over the course of the program. You will also work with a group of four other students and your faculty advisor on a research project over the course of two years. I encourage you to get involved with the program by considering being a representative on the Physical Therapy Student Society, or participating as a member on one of our many committees. We value student engagement in the promotion, recruitment and evaluation of the educational program and in the Physical Therapy community locally, provincially and nationally. Becoming a member of the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association (free to students!) is one of the first steps you should take in becoming involved in your profession.
Finally, I would like to congratulate you on your success and achievement to get to this point in your career path. You will soon discover that the physical therapy path upon graduation can go many different directions and faculty look forward to guiding you in the direction that fits your journey. We look forward with excitement to participating in your transformation from a professional-in-training to a competent, confident colleague.
Sincerely,Dr. Steve MilosavljevicDirector
What is Physical Therapy?
The Canadian Physiotherapy Association defines Physical Therapy as a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to:
• Improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance,
• Preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation; and
• Promoting fitness, health and wellness.
About the School of Physical Therapy
Since its inception in 1965, the faculty and staff have united in the commitment to produce competent and caring evidence-based physical therapists. The program is also noted for providing students with a strong founding in the core clinical sciences – cardiorespiratory, neurosciences and musculoskeletal physical therapy. Our entry level degree program in physical therapy has been acclaimed nationally for leadership in clinical education experiences in primary health. Recently, the School has added an emphasis on interprofessional education, aboriginal health, and self-directed learning. Add to this the collaborative and nurturing learning environment that we offer, and it is not a surprise that our graduates are successful health care professionals who collectively have won 20% of the awards offered by the national professional association despite consisting of just 5% of the membership.
Place within the University of Saskatchewan Structure
The School of Physical Therapy is a distinct unit of the University of Saskatchewan. Although it functions autonomously for most things such as Admissions and Awards, it is a part of the College of Medicine. Since adopting a master’s entry to practice degree, the M.P.T. in 2007, the School of Physical Therapy has established direct academic links with the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
1960 Canadian Conference of Physiotherapy recommends programs should be started in universities with medical faculties not already offering physiotherapy.
1965 Diploma Program in Physiotherapy commences in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Saskatchewan - two and a half years in duration. (one of six new university programs).
1973 Diploma program increases in duration to three years. Bachelor of Physical therapy degree is introduced - one-year program for diploma graduates.
1976 School of Physical Therapy is established, under the general supervision of the College of Medicine.
1981 Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, a four-year program is introduced, replacing the Diploma and B.P.T.
1987 Enrollment is increased from 20 students to 30 students.
1997 A new five-year curriculum introduced for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.
2007 First students enter the Master of Physical Therapy program – August, 2007
Future Prospects for the School
The School of Physical Therapy is entering a particularly exciting phase in its history. We have been successful in attracting new young teacher–scholars to the faculty. Clinical research activity at the School of Physical Therapy is steadily expanding -- the faculty is engaged in researching assessment and treatment of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, and neurodegenerative diseases. They are also active in research on prevention of falls, healthy aging, pulmonary mechanics, and pedagogy.
The School of Physical Therapy is currently housed in St. Andrew’s College, but will begin taking advantage of the facilities in the new Academic Health Science complex and will eventually find its home there when construction and renovations are completed.
Essential Skills and Attibutes
The Essential Skills and Attributes required for the study of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan are outlined in this document.
Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) - CPA is the national professional association; their mission is to provide leadership and direction to the physiotherapy profession, foster excellence in practice, education and research, and promote high standards of health in Canada.
Membership in the CPA is optional. Students and graduates of M.P.T. program may apply for membership in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Suite 410, 2345 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4P 2E5. See their website at http://www.physiotherapy.ca.
Essential Competencies for Physiotherapists in Canadawas developed to describe the essential competencies that physiotherapists must demonstrate upon entry to the profession (for initial registration/licensure) and maintain throughout the course of their careers. These essential competencies must be exercised wherever a physiotherapist practices and in the course of whatever the physiotherapist is practising.
Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association (SPA) - The Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association is the Saskatchewan branch of the CPA; the SPA provides leadership to the physiotherapy profession, fosters excellence in practice, education, and research, and promotes high standards of health in Saskatchewan. SPA represents over 380 member physical therapists in Saskatchewan.
The SPA is in St. Andrew’s College on the floor below the School of Physical Therapy. Please feel free to contact the Executive Director at the following address:
Rm 118 – 1121 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0W3
Phone: (306)-955-7265 Toll free: 1-888-606-7265
Continuing Physicatl Therapy EducationThe Continuing Physical Therapy Education (CPTE) program develops, organizes and promotes physical therapy courses in the province of Saskatchewan. The School of Physical Therapy is closely involved in the administration of this program.
A listing of the current post-graduate course offerings is located on their website at http://www.usask.ca/cpte/
CPA National Student Assembly (CPA-NSA)
The Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Student Assembly is a student run organization representing 1,200 physiotherapy students from all 13 university physiotherapy programs in Canada. For more information on the CPA-NSA, please click here.
Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators: The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance) is the national federation of physiotherapy regulators in Canada. The key responsibilities of the Alliance are as follows:
- To facilitate the sharing of information on regulatory matters among member organizations
- To help member organizations fulfill their mandate of protecting the public interest
- To administer the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), a national entry-to-practice standard
For more information see their website at http://www.alliancept.org/
Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists (SCPT) - The SCPT is a member of The Alliance and it is a self-regulating professional body whose purpose is to protect the public through the licensing, regulation and discipline of physical therapists in the province of Saskatchewan. Registration and licensure with the SCPT is mandatory to work as a physical therapist in Saskatchewan.
After graduation you must have a license to practice physical therapy in Saskatchewan. Graduates may apply for licensure with the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists, For more information see their website at http://www.scpt.org/.
Physiotherapy Competency Examination
On graduation you will be required to successfully complete a Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) in order to establish eligibility to practice physical therapy in Saskatchewan and many jurisdictions in Canada. For the most update information on what is involved with the PCE, please refer to the Alliance website: http://www.alliancept.org/exams_candidates_overview.php
Professional Behaviours and Expectations - Professional behaviors expected of U of S physical therapy graduate students.
Professional Behaviours Self-Evaluation Form - This form has been designed to assist the M.P.T student in evaluating their current professional behaviors/generic abilities and to help them describe the areas in which they would like to improve.
Attendance Policy - To describe the policy and procedures on Absenteeism (lectures, labs, tutorials) at the School of Physical Therapy.
CPA Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct - Members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association are expected to abide by the Association's Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct.
Module and Teaching Evaluations, Procedures - Procedures for administration and handling of student evaluation of modules and teaching effectiveness.
Module Evaluation, form - The form used for the evaluation of modules in the MPT in accordance with the Student Module Evaluation Procedures.
Teaching Effectiveness, form - The form used for student evaluation of teaching effectiveness of module instructor.
Governance and Administration
The School of Physical Therapy is governed by the University of Saskatchewan's policy on Health, Safety and Environment Protection and the Statutory Occupational Health Committee. Each college or department must form a local safety committee. The College of Medicine’s Local Occupational Health Committee is responsible for the School of Physical Therapy program. Any employee issues are directed through this committee, including the reporting of any incidents on the electronic Incident Reporting Forms.
Space and Equipment
The University of Saskatchewan leases space for the School of Physical Therapy from St. Andrew’s College and therefore has member representation on the St. Andrew’s Occupational Health Committee for facility matters. The School’s representative elicits any staff concerns prior to committee meetings. St. Andrew’s College updates and circulates their Fire Procedures and Emergency Evacuation plan on a yearly basis.
Teaching Related Equipment
The learning environment includes a wide range of equipment from desks, writing tables, mirrors, and more specialized physical therapy equipment. A preventative maintenance schedule of the physical therapy equipment (1) ensures the safety of both students and staff. The schedule is maintained by the Executive Assistant who, in consultation with staff and faculty, coordinates contract services to complete the checks and required follow-up maintenance. A database is kept tracking dates of checks, recommended maintenance and the date the maintenance was completed.
All equipment that is deemed unsafe will be labeled accordingly and taken out of service until the recommended maintenance is done.
In addition to the maintenance schedule, all faculty and staff are reminded on a yearly basis of their responsibility to ensure the safety and operation of all equipment used for teaching. When a piece of equipment is noted by them to be damaged or in need of repair, it is the responsibility of staff and/or faculty member to take the equipment out of service and inform the Executive Assistant.
Guidelines to ensure hygiene in classes and labs have been developed and are available in the student handbook. These guidelines help to reduce the potential for spread of communicable disease as well as to practice/model clinical practices related to hygiene.
General Building and Office Health and Safety
Staff and Faculty
All staff and faculty can access the campus-wide University of Saskatchewan’s Health and Safety programs and resources available, including:
All Student Health and Counselling Services information can be found through their website.
Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection (WSEP) is a resource to the University community with its goal to continually strive to improve performance and reduce injuries, risks and liabilities. DHSE offers a number of services to support the University’s moral and legal obligations in teaching and research, including:
- Biosafety Program, Chemical Safety Program, Community Safety, Environmental Program, Fire Safety, Occupational Safety, Radiation Safety
Awards and Honours
Dr. Soo Kim was awarded the College of Medicine's 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award at the November 26th College's Faculty Council Meeting. This award is given to faculty members who have been acknowledged by their peers and students as being exceptional in practicing their art and craft and have significantly contributed to the teaching mission of the College of Medicine.
Dr. Sarah Oosman and her graduate student, JoAnn Nilson have successfully secured both a "Caregiver Award" valued at $25,000US through the BayerHemophilia Awards Program, as well as the 2014-15 $20,000 Canadian Hemophilia Society-Baxter Fellowship.
This will support their innovative and
pragmatic research investigating the impact of a self-assessment smart phone App (HIRT? (Hemophilia Injury RecognitionTool) designed specifically for young men with mild hemophilia.
Policies and Guidelines
School of Physical Therapy
University of Saskatchewan
St. Andrew's College
1121 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3
Bev Cuzner - Academic Program Assistant
Phone: (306) 966-6581
Fax: (306) 966-6575