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Scope

These academic standards concur with the Policy and Procedures of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. They apply to both the theoretical and experiential learning activities of the MPT program; that is, they apply equally to theoretical, laboratory, clinical, and research components of the program.

Academic Standards

  • The passing mark for a graduate course is 60% (CGSR P&P 12.4) In addition to achieving a grade of 60%, some MPT courses may have specific stipulations (e.g., successful completion of assignments, successful completion of laboratory examinations, competency checklists or other components of evaluation) in order to pass a particular course.  Any special stipulations must be identified in the Course Outline. 
  • A cumulative weighted average[1] (CWA) of 70% is required to meet the convocation requirements for the Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.).  Students may be Required to Discontinue the program if their CWA falls below 70%.


[1] The Cumulative Weighted Average is calculated by dividing the sum of the products of the grade and the credit unit value for each course taken, by the total number of credit units taken.

Academic Monitoring

  • Instructors will notify the Director and the student’s Faculty Advisor regarding poor academic or clinical performance (e.g., failure of a course component designated as needing to be passed, failure of the course). Progress in Clinical Practice courses will be monitored by the Academic Coordinator Clinical Education and results reported to the student’s advisor and to the Director of the School of Physical Therapy.
  • Refer to the School of Physical Therapy Examination Regulations for the detailed process regarding supplemental examinations.
  • The Academic Program Assistant will update the student record at the end of each module.
  • If at any time progress is unsatisfactory, the Director will report to the School of Physical Therapy Academic Affairs Committee who will consider and recommend appropriate consequences.
  • The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research will be notified and consulted in determining the consequences of unsatisfactory progress.
  • The Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) will meet to review CWA following Modules I, II/VII, III, V/X.
  • The Faculty Advisors will monitor progress of PTH 992.
  • Students receive a written report providing their CWA at regular intervals (i.e., at the end of Module II and VII) or at the end of any module if their CWA falls below 70%.

Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

Unsatisfactory academic performance pertains to failure to meet the academic standards and does not address situations in which students may meet academic standards but may not comply with standards for professional behaviors.  For the purpose of this policy, unsatisfactory academic performance includes:

  • Failure to achieve a Pass on a Pass/Fail Course,
  • Failure to achieve a grade of 60% in a graded course
  • Failure to successfully complete any stipulated components of a course 
  • Failure to maintain the CWA of 70% at each promotion point.

In addition to options described in the School of Physical Therapy Examination Regulations, if at any time, progress in any course(s) or the program overall is unsatisfactory, the Director will report to the School of Physical Therapy Academic Affairs Committee. The options which could be invoked include any of the following (singly or in combination):

  • Supplemental examination,
  • Remediation and/or remedial course,
  • Delay Clinical Education Placement or Course,
  • Academic Advisement – i.e. letter regarding unsatisfactory academic performance outlining possible consequences, including potential requirement to discontinue if the CWA is not at 70% at next promotion point,
  • Requirement to discontinue (CGSR 14)

In the event of a failed course where the course instructor approves and the Academic Affairs committee recommends a supplemental examination, approval must also be obtained from the CGSR Dean or Designate (i.e. Associate Dean).

When Academic Affairs committee recommends to the Associate Dean, CGSR that a student is required to discontinue, they must also inform the student in writing by providing a copy of the recommendation. Refer to the CGSR policy and procedures link above for more information.

As the M.P.T. program schedule may not allow sufficient time to prepare for a supplemental exam or take a remedial course, delays and disruptions to the normal timeline for completion of the MPT may be required. 

  • Any remediation will be considered within the context of the student’s entire program.  It may be necessary to delay a clinical practicum or the start of a subsequent Module if the student has not successfully passed all components of the previous Module as defined by the Academic Standards.  Remediation decisions will be made by the School of PT Academic Affairs Committee in consultation with individual faculty members teaching the course(s).

 

Standards of Academic Performance - Clinical Education

  • The requirements of the five clinical practice courses must be successfully completed in the correct sequence: PTH 850.1PTH 852.4PTH 854.4PTH 856.15PTH 858.6. Attendance for all clinical practice course time is required and a requisite number of clinical course hours must be met. Since the program schedule does not normally allow time for extending clinical courses time, making up missed clinical course time, repeating clinic courses or undertaking significant remedial work, if such actions are required, the time normally allocated for PTH 852.4 will firstly be used for completing a deficiency in PTH 850.1. Any remaining time required for PTH 852.4 will be completed in the time allocated for PTH 854.4. Any remaining clinical time consequently remaining for PTH 854.4 will be completed in the time allocated for PTH 856.15. Any remaining clinical practice time required for PTH 856.15 will be completed in the time allocated for PTH 858.6. Any remaining clinical time required for PTH 858.6 will be completed following the completion of all other course requirements in the MPT.
  • The grading of the clinical practice courses, PTH 850.1PTH 852.4PTH 854.4PTH 856.15, and PTH 858.6 will be Pass or Fail as determined by the application of the School of Physical Therapy standardized Pass/Fail clinical practice courses grading criteria for the final evaluation, the PTH 850.1 Clinical Evaluation Instrument and, for the other clinical practice courses, the American Physical Therapy Association – Clinical Performance Instrument (APTA-CPI), which is completed at the end of each clinical practice course and each clinical placement.
  • A student who receives a grade of Fail in any one of the following clinical courses, PTH 850.1PTH 852.4PTH 854.4 or PTH 858.6 will usually, at a minimum, be required to repeat the failed clinical course and this will be considered a 'remedial' clinical course.
  • A student will usually be required to complete a minimum of one complete repeat clinical placement of remedial work if, in PTH 856.15, a grade of Fail is received in any one clinical placement.
  • A student will usually be required to repeat, at a minimum, a complete course in PTH 856.15, if one of the following circumstances applies:
    • failure in two clinical placements, or
    • failure in a placement after a period of specified remedial work and/or remedial clinical placement.
  • A student who receives a failure in two clinical placements will usually be recommended to be Required to Discontinue the MPT program.
  • Under normal circumstances, a student who receives a grade of Fail in a subsequent clinical course or placement of PTH 852.4PTH 854.4PTH 856.15, and PTH 858.6, after having failed a previous clinical course or placement, or after having passed a previous remediation clinical course or placement, will be Required to Discontinue the MPT program for either a specified period or without option of re-entry. A student who receives a Fail in two clinical placements in PTH 856.15, after receiving a Fail in a previous clinical course or placement, will usually be Required to Discontinue from the MPT program.

Specific Considerations Regarding Clinical Practice Courses

Consequences of Failed Clinical Practice Courses

  • Depending on the decision of the Academic Affairs Committee, failure to successfully complete a Clinical Practice Course may result in any of the following (singly or in combination):
    • Remedial Academic Course(s)
    • Repeat of one or more placements of the Clinical Practice Course(s)
    • Remedial Clinical Practice Courses
    • Requirement to discontinue
  • Prior to convocation, students must have successfully completed all Clinical Practice Courses.

Relationship between Clinical Practice Courses and Academic Courses

  • Due to the limited amount of time between Modules II and III, and between Modules V and VI, students will be given permission to begin Clinical Practice Courses in Module III and Module VI prior to advancement decisions for Module II and Module V (respectively).
  • Students may be permitted to proceed with and complete academic courses without having completed the clinical course in the previous module. For example, students may be permitted to complete all courses in Module IV and Modules V before completing PTH 852 Clinical Practice II.
  • Unsatisfactory performance in Module II and/or V, may result in several consequences including discontinuation of a Clinical Practice Course, discontinuation of the program, provision of supplemental examinations

Scheduling implications of failed Clinical Practice Courses

  • Clinical Practice Courses must be completed in the predetermined sequence, so failure to successfully complete a Clinical Practice Course within the timeframe set for the course, will impact on scheduling of subsequent Clinical Practice Courses in the MPT program. For example, if a student has not passed PTH 852 Clinical Practice II, PTH 854 Clinical Practice III will be deferred until PTH 852 Clinical Practice II has been completed and PTH 856 Clinical Practice IV would defer until PTH 854 Clinical Practice III has been completed and so on.

(Please refer to  ‘Standards of Academic Performance, Clinical Education’ for more detail on policy related to promotion with Clinical Practice Courses.)

Promotion and Convocation

  • Faculty Council of the School of Physical Therapy will review recommendations from the School of Physical Therapy Academic Affairs Committee regarding academic progress of the students at the intermediate promotion point (i.e., May Faculty Council Meeting) and approve advancement decisions.
  • Faculty Council of the School of Physical Therapy will review recommendations from the School of Physical Therapy Academic Affairs Committee regarding academic progress at the final promotion point (October Faculty Council Meeting) and approve recommendations for convocation to the CGSR.
  • Graduate Council of the CGSR Convocation recommends candidates for the granting of degrees (CGSR P&P –16.1)

Promotion Points

  • End of Module II (May)
  • End of Module VIII (May)
  • End of Module X (October)

Appeals

The School of Physical Therapy will apply the appeals procedures of the U of S and the CGSR. Important documents outlining these procedures are:

University of Saskatchewan
http://www.usask.ca/university_council/reports/12-06-99.shtml
http://www.usask.ca/secretariat/student-conduct-appeals/

CGSR Policy and Procedures Manual
Section 15 of CGSR Policy and Procedures Manual

Monitoring Academic Progress