Courses

The curriculum is offered as a full-time, two-year, entry-level master's program. The curriculum is divided into six university-based terms of study with four practica courses integrated throughout the 24-month period.

Click here for the course listings located within the McMaster School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

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PHYSIOTH 741 / Critical Thinking and Integration: PBT I

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6 Units


This course introduces students to the theory and processes of problem-based, small group learning, self-regulation and an evidence-based approach. This course reviews and builds on fundamental pre-requisite knowledge related to anatomy, physiology, statistics, and social sciences. This course builds foundational knowledge related to assessment, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions.

PHYSIOTH 751 / Clinical Reasoning in Practice: Clinical Laboratory (CL) I

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6 Units


In this first clinical laboratory course, students will master foundational skills related to performing physiotherapy assessments and treatments safely for musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological and other conditions across the lifespan. Relevant research evidence and theory will be used to develop clinical decision-making and physiotherapy skills.

PHYSIOTH 761 / Society, Health, Innovation: Foundational Knowledge for The Physiotherapy Practitioner (PTPRAC) I

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3 Units


This first PTPRAC course introduces the student to the fundamentals of physiotherapy and foundational knowledge for the physiotherapy practitioner. Broad topics related to professionalism and professional practice, communication and collaborative practice, models of practice/frameworks and movement science will be explored.

PHYSIOTH 771 / Research and Evidence-Based Practice (REBP) I

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3 Units


This first research and evidence-based practice course will address the fundamentals and foundational knowledge of evidence based practice for physiotherapy. Topics include study design, critical appraisal and outcome measures.

PHYSIOTH 781 / Clinical Practice (CP) I

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3 Units


PHYSIOTH 781 consists of in-class sessions and assignments to be provided and completed within the corresponding academic unit. This course also provides the opportunity for Students to apply physiotherapy assessment and management skills with clients who have a variety of conditions. The clinical settings may include the community, hospital or long-term care/rehabilitation centres.

PHYSIOTH 742 / Critical Thinking and Integration: PBT II

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6 Units


This course continues to develop student skills and behaviours required in problem-based, small group tutorials, using self-regulation and an evidence-based approach. This course reviews and builds on fundamental knowledge from PT*741, anatomy, physiology, statistics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, social sciences and foundational knowledge related to clinical reasoning and decision-making, assessment, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions.

PHYSIOTH 752 / Clinical Reasoning in Practice: Clinical Laboratory (CL) II

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6 Units


In this second clinical laboratory course, students will apply and build on foundational knowledge mastered in PHYSIOTH 751. Students will integrate skills to safely perform physiotherapy assessments and treatments for persons with multiple health issues across the lifespan. relevant research evidence and theory will be used to further develop clinical decision-making and physiotherapy skills.

PHYSIOTH 762 / Society, Health, Innovation: Foundational Knowledge for The Physiotherapy Practitioner (PTPRAC) II

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3 units


This second PTPRAC course continues to examine the fundamentals of physiotherapy practice and foundational knowledge for the physiotherapy practitioner within the major themes of professionalism and professional practice, communication and collaborative practice, models of practice/frameworks and movement science. topics include: ethics, working with support personnel, leadership, patient advocacy and professional and role boundaries.

PHYSIOTH 772 / Research and Evidence-based Practice (REBP) II

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1.5 units


This second course will continue to address the fundamentals and foundational knowledge of physiotherapy research and evidence based practice. topics include study design, critical appraisal and outcome measures. This course will build on the research and evidence based practice knowledge taught in PHYSIOTH 771.

PHYSIOTH 782 / Clinical Practice (CP) II

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3 Units


PHYSIOTH 782 consists of in-class sessions and assignments to be provided and completed within the corresponding academic unit and the opportunity for students to apply physiotherapy assessment and management skills with clients with a variety of conditions in a variety of clinical settings. The clinical settings may include the community, hospital or long-term care / rehabilitation centers.

PHYSIOTH 743 / Critical Thinking and Integration: PBT III

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6 Units


Continuing with problem-based, small group learning, this course introduces students to the complexity of evaluating/treating individuals with multi-system dysfunction. Healthcare problems will incorporate concepts related to the interaction between individual/task/environment. Students will develop knowledge related to evidence-based assessments and preventative/restorative/compensatory interventions to optimize function for clients with acute/chronic multi-system dysfunction across the lifespan.

PHYSIOTH 753 / Clinical Reasoning in Practice: Clinical Laboratory (CL) III

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6 Units


In this clinical laboratory course, students will build on knowledge and skills developed in PHYSIOTH 751 and 752. Students will continue to develop the knowledge and skills evaluate and treat individuals with multi-system dysfunction across the continuum of care, and recognize their role within an interdisciplinary team. Students will become proficient in developing management plans and the application of a prevention framework.

PHYSIOTH 763 / Society, Health, Innovation: Foundational Knowledge for The Physiotherapy Practitioner (PTPRAC) III

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1.5 Units


Fundamentals of physiotherapy practice and foundational knowledge for the physiotherapy practitioner continue to be explored in this third PTPRAC course, through professionalism and professional practice, communication and collaborative practice, models of practice/frameworks and movement science themes. Topics include: conflict management, community advocacy, physiotherapist as change agent, personal and professional competence, specialized documentation.

PHYSIOTH 773 / Research and Evidence-based Practice (REBP) III

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1.5 units


In this course, students will build on their knowledge from previous units with respect to evidence-based practice and knowledge translation. This course will include an in-depth understanding of knowledge synthesis with a focus on systematic reviews.

PHYSIOTH 783 / Clinical Practice (CP) III

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3 units


PHYSIOTH 783 consists of in class sessions and assignment to be provided and completed within the corresponding academic unit and the opportunity for students to apply physiotherapy assessment and management skills with clients that present with musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, or neurological conditions in a variety of clinical settings. The clinical settings may include the community, hospital or long term care / rehabilitation centers.

PHYSIOTH 744 / Critical Thinking and Integration: PBT IV

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6 units


Continuing with problem-based, small group learning, the complexity of evaluating and treating individuals with multi-system dysfunction will continue to be explored. the role of pt in inter-disciplinary/emerging environments, and population heath will be a focus. Healthcare problems will incorporate concepts related to the interaction between individual/task/environment, evidence-based assessments, preventative, restorative, compensatory interventions to optimize function for acute/chronic multisystem dysfunction at a population level.

PHYSIOTH 754 / Clinical Reasoning in Practice: Clinical Laboratory (CL) IV

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6 units


Students will continue build on knowledge and skills developed in previous clinical lab courses and develop knowledge and skills related to the evaluation/treatment of individuals with multi-system dysfunctions/multi-morbidity in this course. Students will focus on the role of the pt in inter-disciplinary/emerging settings and will become proficient in developing management plans in the context of population health using a prevention framework.

PHYSIOTH 764 / Society, Health, Innovation: Foundational Knowledge for The Physiotherapy Practitioner (PTPRAC) IV

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1.5 units


This fourth PTPRAC course continues to examine the fundamentals of physiotherapy practice and foundational knowledge for the physiotherapy practitioner within the major themes of professionalism and professional practice, communication and collaborative practice, models of practice/frameworks and movement science. Topics include: ethics in business practice, professional reporting, conflict of interest, fees and billing, quality improvement, resource management and allocation, workload assignment, caseload management, innovation and entrepreneurship, tele-practice.

PHYSIOTH 774 / Research and Evidence-based Practice (REBP) IV

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6 units


This fourth and final research and evidence-based practice course builds on PHYSIOTH 771, 772, 773 content, and spans two units of study and continues to address physiotherapy evidence based practice knowledge. Topics of study design, critical appraisal and outcome measures will culminate in a scoping or systematic review suitable for publication.

PHYSIOTH 701 / Paediatrics *Elective*

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3 units


Students will expand on the principles of physiotherapy practice as it pertains to paediatric populations. Students will study the physical and psychosocial aspects of disability in the paediatric populations. Students will also develop enhanced clinical reasoning skills in relation to the assessment and treatment of various paediatric conditions.

PHYSIOTH 703 / Women’s Health *Elective*

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3 units


Students will build on the knowledge and skills developed in previous clinical lab courses to develop a specific knowledge based in women’s health. In this course, students will focus on the role of the physiotherapist in the interprofessional management of perinatal care, and the management of pelvic health conditions. Students will become proficient in assessing and developing management plans for pelvic health conditions. This course will integrate pathophysiology, pain science, principles of evidence based practice, as they related to the role of the physiotherapist in the diagnosis and management of women’s health conditions.

PHYSIOTH 784 / Clinical Practice (CP) IV

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3 units


PHYSIOTH 784 consists of in class sessions and assignment to be provided and completed during the corresponding academic unit and the opportunity for students to apply physiotherapy assessment and management skills with clients that present with musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, or neurological conditions in a variety of clinical settings. The clinical settings may include the community, hospital or long term care / rehabilitation centers.

PHYSIOTH 745 / Critical Thinking and Integration: PBT V

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6 units


In this course, students will integrate learning from across the previous 4 units related to practice settings (acute/rehabilitation/community) and neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory conditions. Students will develop knowledge and skills to be proficient in performing comprehensive, entry-level assessments and developing management plans, including prevention for individuals across the lifespan and along the continuum of care.

PHYSIOTH 755 / Clinical Reasoning in Practice: Clinical Laboratory (CL) V

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6 units


In this last clinical laboratory course students will build on knowledge and skills developed in previous clinical lab courses to become proficient in their ability to perform comprehensive entry level assessments and develop management plans for individuals across the lifespan and along the continuum of care.

PHYSIOTH 765 / Society, Health, Innovation: Foundational Knowledge for the Physiotherapy Practitioner (PTPRAC) V

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1.5 units


This fifth and final PTPRAC course focuses on the transition to professional, autonomous practice through the themes of professionalism and professional practice, communication and collaborative practice, and models of practice/frameworks and movement science. Topics include: preparation for professional practice (licensure) and employment, scientific communication, mentorship, continuing competency, specialization, program and business planning and management, marketing, professional advocacy, collaborative leadership.

PHYSIOTH 774 / Research and Evidence-based Practice (REBP) IV

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6 units


This fourth and final research and evidence-based practice course builds on PHYSIOTH 771, 772, 773 content, and spans two units of study and continues to address physiotherapy evidence based practice knowledge. Topics of study design, critical appraisal and outcome measures will culminate in a scoping or systematic review suitable for publication.

PHYSIOTH 702 / Advanced Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment *Elective*

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3 units


Students will build on assessments and treatment skills for orthopedic conditions introduction in previous courses taught in the MSc(PT) Program to further develop their ability to assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions. Students will expand their knowledge of the osteokinematics and arthrokinematics of peripheral joints and the spine and evolve their understanding of approaches to pain assessment and treatment. Students will integrate an evidence-based approach to patient assessment and management utilizing a manual therapy approach. Outcome measures, exercise prescription and knowledge of pain neuroscience will be incorporated to monitor and enhance the use of manual therapy as a treatment modality.

PBT - Problem Based Tutorial Courses
CL - Clinical Laboratory Courses
PTPRAC and REBP
REBP - Research Experience
Clinical Practice Courses