Students admitted to the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) must maintain current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) throughout their time in the MPT program. At present this means a current proof of certification on entry to the MPT and re-certification every two years to meet most Saskatchewan Health Regions’ standards. A recent survey of Regional Health Authority requirements for Physical Therapists in Saskatchewan demonstrated that requirements vary so students must be prepared to meet at least this minimal standard of CPR certification.
Students entering first year of the MPT must obtain, and submit, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification by July 31, in the year of their entry to the MPT program. The requirement is the equivalent standard to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Providers (C), which includes the application of an external defibrillator device (AED). There are other CPR providers which offer equivalent certification and these will be accepted. If the student has been certified within the 12 months previous to entry to the MPT, that certification is acceptable and proof of certification must be submitted by July 31.
It is best to contact agencies which provide CPR certification courses in advance to insure equivalency as described above. Clarify with them that this also includes ‘use of an external defibrillator device (AED). Specify that you are a student at the School of Physical Therapy for consideration of a reduced rate. SIAST - Kelsey Campus and the College of Kinesiology, U of S, offer equivalent courses on a less regular basis. Students must inquire to insure the content is equivalent to the Heart and Stroke Foundation course when registering for CPR courses from other agencies. In other centres, inquire at your provincial Heart and Stroke Foundation office or at community colleges. Clarify in advance the fee being charged.
At present, the re-certification standard of every two years is the expected standard as a pre-requisite for students to be assigned to clinical education facilities and therefore for all of the MPT clinical practice courses. This standard is subject to change if the provincial health authorities change the standard requirement.