Student and Alumni Experiences

“My cardio resp placement helped me understand the importance of movement health throughout one’s lifetime and my neuro placement really drove home the importance of focusing on function. Throughout my clinical placements, I learned a lot about different illnesses, post-op surgical protocols, and communicating with physicians, surgeons and other healthcare providers. I use these skills all the time working in a private practice MSK setting.

My advice for students is to keep an open mind going into clinical placements and have some fun out there. As a student you are not going to know everything, just be yourself and remember you’re there to learn.”

- Kevin Britton, MPT Program Class of 2022

"The clinical placements were absolutely imperative to truly developing physiotherapy skills. It's one thing to read a textbook and understand the theory, but to be able to put the theory and technical knowledge into practice is a skill in and of itself and this learning happens during the clinical placements. They provide the opportunity to practice hands-on skills, interact with real patients, and learn from experienced physiotherapists.

My advice is to ask a lot of questions of your clinical instructors and to not be afraid to practice your skills and make mistakes. It's easy to look to your clinical instructor for the answer or for the next step, but the best way to learn is to first try to problem-solve and give it a go on your own!"

- Ali Mario, MPT Program Class of 2021

"I was fortunate to complete my last placement at the U of S Sports Medicine Centre and worked primarily with the U of S Huskie Football team. This placement allowed me to explore my passion for sport physiotherapy and to assist athletes in achieving their rehab goals while returning to play safely. During the placement I provided assessments and treatments in multiple settings including the Sports Medicine Centre, clubhouse therapy room and gymnasium, as well as practice and game day coverage. My favorite part about the placement was working alongside the medical staff, student trainers, coaches, and athletes as a team working towards a common goal.

My advice is to not underestimate your ability as a student to make a positive impact on the lives of your patients and their families."

- Kevin Laurence, MPT Program Class of 2023


Our Program

Students in our Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program complete a total of five (5) clinical placements varying in duration from one to six weeks. This comprises one third of the program curriculum. 

Develop skills working with individuals across the lifespan and treating musculoskeletal, cardio respiratory and neurological conditions

Placements occur in rural and urban locations, private clinics, hospitals, acute and long-term care sites and in communities; students are responsible for covering travel and accommodation costs

At least 1025 clinical hours must be completed within a specific requisite mix to complete the program

A Clinical Instructor (CI) is assigned for each placement; this person provides support, guidance and feedback as you begin working with clients

MPT Program Timeline

Overview of Clinical Education

Clinical Placement Course Duration and Location Learning Focus Assessment
CP 1

November (1 wk)

School of Rehabilitation Science

Introduction to clinical placement sites and contexts

Exposure to patient and family experience

Introduction to ACP 2.0

This course serves as an introduction to clinical education; graded as pass/fail
CP 2

April-May (5 wks)

Clinical site (focus on rural, regional, remote locations)

Broad clinical experience

Manage or help manage a number of patients with a variety of diagnoses

Student will progress from 'Beginner Performance' to 'Advanced Beginner Performance' on ACP
CP 3

Jan-April (6 wks)

Clinical site 

Basic assessment and program planning in core systems

Student will progress from ‘Advanced Beginner Performance’ to 'Intermediate Performance’ on ACP
CP 4

Feb-March (6 wks)

Aug-Sept (6 wks)

Clinical site 

Understand unique needs of different patient populations or diagnostic groups Student will progress from ‘Intermediate Performance’ to 'Advanced Intermediate Performance’ on ACP
CP 5 

Oct-Nov (6 wks)

Clinical site 

Manage an increasingly complex caseload with multiple comorbidities, increasing injury and illness severity and some selected cases from specialized populations

Student will progress from ‘Advanced Intermediate Performance’ to 'Entry level Performance’ on ACP

The following policies apply to the clinical education component of the Master of Physical Therapy program.

There are a number of prerequisites required ahead of a student beginning a clinical placement. These include CPR certification, WHMIS training, Criminal Record Check, Respirator Fit Testing, WCB Agreement, Confidentiality and Privacy training, Safe Moving Practices of Patients. 

Prerequisite requirements are discussed in-depth with students at the program orientation and revisited throughout the MPT program.

The clinical placement agreement for all health science students in placements at Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) sites can be accessed here