PTHER - Physical Therapy

Offered By:
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Below are the courses available from the PTHER subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

PTHER 350 - Structural Human Anatomy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-0)

An in-depth study of the gross anatomy of the upper and lower extremities, trunk, head and neck. Sections offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.


PTHER 350 - Structural Human Anatomy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-0)

An in-depth study of the gross anatomy of the upper and lower extremities, trunk, head and neck. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


PTHER 351 - Principles of Human Movement for Rehabilitation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the analysis of human movement with an emphasis on kinetics, kinematics, normal gait analysis, motor control and balance. Sections offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.


PTHER 351 - Principles of Human Movement for Rehabilitation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the analysis of human movement with an emphasis on kinetics, kinematics, normal gait analysis, motor control and balance. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


PTHER 352 - Introductory Statistics for the Health Care Professions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-0)

An introduction to statistical principles, research methods and critical appraisal of research reports with a focus on the healthcare environment. Sections offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.


PTHER 352 - Introductory Statistics for the Health Care Professions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-0)

An introduction to statistical principles, research methods and critical appraisal of research reports with a focus on the healthcare environment. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


PTHER 400 - Professional Physical Therapy Practice in Canada I View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, 14 WEEKS)

This course provides an introduction to the context of Canadian Physical Therapy (PT) practice, the Canadian and Alberta health care system, clinical reasoning and professional communication. Module topics include: client-centred practice, professional communication, self-directed learning, legal and professional regulations, scope of PT practice, ethics, principles of evidence based practice, critical thinking, outcome measures, record keeping and lifelong learning. Basic PT handling and assessment skills will be re-mastered. Structured clinical experiences for application and integration of prior and new knowledge and skills will be included. Blended format of in-class and online learning. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 400A - Professional Physical Therapy Practice in Canada I View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(VAR, 14 WEEKS)

This course provides an introduction to the context of Canadian Physical Therapy (PT) practice, the Canadian and Alberta health care system, clinical reasoning and professional communication. Module topics include: client-centred practice, professional communication, self-directed learning, legal and professional regulations, scope of PT practice, ethics, principles of evidence based practice, critical thinking, outcome measures, record keeping and lifelong learning. Basic PT handling and assessment skills will be re-mastered. Structured clinical experiences for application and integration of prior and new knowledge and skills will be included. Blended format of in-class and online learning. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 400B - Professional Physical Therapy Practice in Canada I View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(VAR, 14 WEEKS)

This course provides an introduction to the context of Canadian Physical Therapy (PT) practice, the Canadian and Alberta health care system, clinical reasoning and professional communication. Module topics include: client-centred practice, professional communication, self-directed learning, legal and professional regulations, scope of PT practice, ethics, principles of evidence based practice, critical thinking, outcome measures, record keeping and lifelong learning. Basic PT handling and assessment skills will be re-mastered. Structured clinical experiences for application and integration of prior and new knowledge and skills will be included. Blended format of in-class and online learning. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 401 - Clinical Placement View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, 4 WEEKS)

This 4 week full time clinical placement is offered in variable configuration dependent on individual IEPT needs. This clinical placement offers exposure to full-time clinical physical therapy practice and provides for integration and application of learning in academic studies. This course will be hands-on clinical practice, in approved, affiliated clinical facilities. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 402 - Clinical Placement View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, 4 WEEKS)

This 4 week full-time clinical placement is offered on completion of academic courses. The placement will consolidate all program knowledge and skills in the practice environment leading to clinical competence in the Canadian practice setting. This course will be hands-on clinical practice, in approved, affiliated clinical facilities. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 421 - Professional Physical Therapy Practice in Canada II View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, 14 WEEKS)

Continuing development of the knowledge, skills and judgment required to deliver safe and effective care in the context of Physical Therapy (PT) practice. Opportunities to build skills in clinical reasoning and communication (verbal and written) for effective collaborative practice will be provided through experiential learning formats. Essential entry-level PT assessment and treatment skills in musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory areas of practice will be included. Structured clinical experiences for application and integration of prior and new knowledge and skills will be included. Blended format of in-class and online learning. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 430 - Professional Physical Therapy Practice in Canada III View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, 14 WEEKS)

Skills required for a primary care practitioner in interpretation and application of assessment findings to determine physical therapy (PT) diagnosis and treatment plans will be consolidated through the application of clinical decision making model(s), critical thinking, evidence-based practice and utilization of the International Classification of Function. Multiple areas of practice will be covered including multisystem, musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory. Blended format of in-class and online learning. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


PTHER 500 - Movement Analysis View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2 14 W)

Introduction to mechanical and analytical concepts pertinent to physical therapy. Content will include the systematic analysis of posture, balance, typical and atypical gait, functional movements and the influence of person, task, and environment on task performance. Prerequisite: PTHER 516.


PTHER 504 - Clinical Therapeutic Exercise View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-0-2 15 W)

This course examines the acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise and explores the use of exercise in the management of chronic diseases and disabilities. Prerequisite: PTHER 516.


PTHER 511 - Introduction to Clinical Education View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 1)(EITH/SP/SU, 10 HOURS)

Credit. Seminars on the theory and practice of experiential learning will prepare students for clinical placements with diverse populations. Emphasis will be placed on professionalism and supervision and evaluation methods.


PTHER 516 - Anatomy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-3)

Anatomy of the upper limb, lower limb and trunk. Specific emphasis on knowledge of joints, ligaments, nerve supply and deep muscles.


PTHER 517A - Clinical Placement I View Available Classes

★ 0.75 (fi 3)(TWO TERM, 55 HOURS)

An introduction to clinical practice including coursework, clinical visits and a one week placement in approved clinical affiliations.


PTHER 517B - Clinical Placement I View Available Classes

★ 0.75 (fi 3)(TWO TERM, 55 HOURS)

An introduction to clinical practice including coursework, clinical visits and a one week placement in approved clinical affiliations.


PTHER 518 - Clinical Placement II View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITH/SP/SU, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations.


PTHER 520 - Clinical Placement III View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITHER, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations. Can be combined with INT D 411 for an interdisciplinary placement for a combined weighting.


PTHER 520A - Clinical Placement III View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi VAR)(TWO TERM, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations. Can be combined with INT D 411 for an interdisciplinary placement for a combined weighting.


PTHER 520B - Clinical Placement III View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(TWO TERM, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations. Can be combined with INT D 411 for an interdisciplinary placement for a combined weighting.


PTHER 521 - Clinical Placement IV View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITHER, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations. Can be combined with INT D 411 for an interdisciplinary placement for a combined weighting.


PTHER 522 - Clinical Placement V View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITH/SP/SU, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations. Can be combined with INT D 411 for an interdisciplinary placement for a combined weighting.


PTHER 523 - Clinical Placement VI View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(EITH/SP/SU, 6 WEEKS)

Credit. Clinical practice in approved clinical affiliations. Can be combined with INT D 411 for an interdisciplinary placement for a combined weighting.


PTHER 524 - Professional Issues I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-4S-0 15W)

Introduction to physical therapy including theory and concepts of rehabilitation science. Content will include communication, professional ethics and conduct, disability issues, models of disablement, client centered principles and self reflection. A model of practice and clinical decision making will be presented.


PTHER 525 - Professional Issues II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 2-4S-0 6W)

Continuation of the study of professional issues relevant to the practice of physical therapy in Canada and globally. Topics include cultural issues, disability ethics and an introduction to Health Promotion. Prerequisite: PTHER 524.


PTHER 526 - Professional Issues III View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 1.5-1.5S_0)

The study of professional roles, responsibilities and essential competencies within public and private practice with an emphasis on professional communication, assignment of care to physical therapy assistants, patient and colleague education, patient safety, organizational structures, health policy and administration. Prerequisite: PTHER 525.


PTHER 527 - Professional Issues IV View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 2-2S-0 6W)

The study of professional regulatory responsibilities and medical-legal topics including registration, continuing competence, conduct and discipline, professional standards of practice, medical-legal considerations and the litigation process. Fundamentals of business practice, funding structures, and business ethics will be examined in the context of professional practice. Prerequisite: PTHER 526.


PTHER 528 - Foundations of Physical Therapy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-0-3 15W)

Introduction to the theory and application of physical therapy skills with an emphasis on assessment and handling techniques. Functional application of anatomy knowledge will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PTHER 516.


PTHER 538 - Musculoskeletal I View Available Classes

★ 4 (fi 8)(EITH/SP/SU, 1-2S-6 15W)

The assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal-related conditions. Components of practice will include; musculoskeletal pathology, assessment principles, clinical decision making, therapeutic exercise, mobilization techniques, and outcome evaluation. Prerequisites: PTHER 500, 504, 528, and 577.


PTHER 540 - Practicum View Available Classes

★ 0.1 (fi 3)(EITHER, UNASSIGNED)

A practicum in the student's area of concentration and interest to be taken by the student if their committee feels the student needs, or the student desires, further practical experience. This course may involve experience off campus in any geographical area where the student may gain the necessary experience.


PTHER 540A - Practicum View Available Classes

★ 0.05 (fi 3)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

A practicum in the student's area of concentration and interest to be taken by the student if his/her committee feels the student needs, or the student desires, further practical experience. This course may involve experience off campus in any geographical area where the student may gain the necessary experience.


PTHER 540B - Practicum View Available Classes

★ 0.05 (fi 3)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

A practicum in the student's area of concentration and interest to be taken by the student if his/her committee feels the student needs, or the student desires, further practical experience. This course may involve experience off campus in any geographical area where the student may gain the necessary experience.


PTHER 544 - Cardiorespiratory View Available Classes

★ 2.5 (fi 5)(EITHER, 2-0-2 15 W)

The study of acute cardiorespiratory pathology. Components of practice will include: an understanding of pathology, assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation, relevant therapeutic exercise, electrophysical agents and evidence-based skills. Prerequisites: PTHER 528 and 577.


PTHER 546 - Adult Neurology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2.5-1.5S-2)

Introduction to the theory and application of physical therapy in adults with neurological conditions. Components of practice will include assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation, therapeutic exercise, electrophysical agents, and evidence-based skills. Corequisite: PTHER 567. Prerequisites: PTHER 500, 504, and 528.


PTHER 548 - Physical Therapy and Chronic Disease Management View Available Classes

★ 4 (fi 8)(EITHER, 4-1S-4 10W)

Study of the theory and application of physical therapy in clients with selected chronic diseases. Components of practice will include assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation, therapeutic exercise, electrophysical agents, and evidence-based skills. Prerequisites: PTHER 538, 544, 546, 563, and 565.


PTHER 549 - Musculoskeletal II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-2S-3 10W)

The use of mobilization, stabilization, and manipulation techniques in selected peripheral and spinal dysfunction. Components of practice will include assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation, therapeutic exercise, electrophysical agents, and evidence-based skills. Prerequisite: PTHER 538.


PTHER 554 - Elective View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)

Students can register in these for credit towards the MScPT requirement of 3 credits in elective coursework. A variety of topic areas may be offered. Note: Course title is variable; course may be repeated.


PTHER 554A - Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi VAR)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)

Students can register in these for credit towards the MScPT requirement of 3 credits in elective coursework. A variety of topic areas may be offered. Note: Course title is variable, course may be repeated.


PTHER 554B - Elective View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi VAR)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)

Students can register in these for credit towards the MScPT requirement of 3 credits in elective coursework. A variety of topic areas maybe offered. Note: Course title is variable; course may be repeated.


PTHER 555 - Therapeutic Physical Agents View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 1.5-0-1.5W)

Introduction to the theory, evidence, and application of therapeutic physical agents in physical therapy. Prerequisite: PTHER 500 and 528.


PTHER 558 - Medications in Physical Therapy View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITH/SP/SU, 20 H 4 W)

Pharmacology and management of medications commonly seen in physical therapy.


PTHER 562 - Diagnostic Imaging View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITH/SP/SU, 1.5-1.5S-W)

Introduction to current diagnostic imaging techniques encountered and utilized by physical therapists. Content will include the theoretical and physical principles of select ionizing and non-ionizing radiographic techniques and other diagnostic procedures and indications and processes involved in ordering diagnostic images


PTHER 563 - Gross Motor Development and Pediatric Physical Therapy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1.5S_1.5)

Introduction to theories of motor development and a systematic observational approach to the assessment of gross motor skills in infancy and childhood. Introduction to issues in pediatric physical therapy, assessment and intervention approaches, appropriate outcome measures, service delivery models, and important research findings. Corequisite: PTHER 546 and 567. Prerequisites: PTHER 544.


PTHER 565 - Aging and Physical Therapy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 1.5-1S-1.5)

An examination of age-related changes, prevalent age-related conditions treated by physical therapists and contextual factors that influence the activity and participation of older adults. Prerequisites: PTHER 538 and 544. Corequisite: PTHER 546.


PTHER 566 - Introduction to Neuroanatomy View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITH/SP/SU, 12 H 6 W)

Anatomy of the brain and central nervous system and an introduction to the functions of the human nervous system. Prerequisite: PTHER 516.


PTHER 567 - Neuroscience for Rehabilitation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 4-0-0 15W)

Structures and functions of the human nervous system. Emphasis is on the effects of injury, diseases and rehabilitation training on the nervous system. Prerequisites: PTHER 516.


PTHER 572 - Basic Concepts in Evidence-Based Practice View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITH/SP/SU, 1.5-1.5S~0)

Introduction to basic concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on the search, selection, evaluation, and application of scientific evidence to inform clinical decision-making in physical therapy. Students will consider issues of measurement and outcome assessment.


PTHER 573 - Applied Concepts in Evidence-Based Practice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 2-4S-0 6W)

Identification and evaluation of best evidence for a client observed during clinical placement. Critical appraisal methodologies such as single subject design, critically appraised topics, systematic review and clinical practice guidelines will be introduced and applied to the clinical context. Prerequisite: PTHER 572.


PTHER 574 - Advanced Concepts in Evidence-Based Practice View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITH/SP/SU, 0-3S-0;10W)

Advanced concepts in measurement of clinical effectiveness such as program evaluation, quality improvement initiatives, and evaluation of synthesized sources. Prerequisites: PTHER 573.


PTHER 575 - Clinical Placement Preparation View Available Classes

★ 0.1 (fi 1)(EITH/SP/SU, UNASSIGNED)

Course work and/or a practical examination assigned on an individual basis. This course will focus on the knowledge and practical skills necessary for safe practice within a clinical placement. Prerequisite: departmental consent.


PTHER 577 - Foundations of Primary Care View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-0-2 15W)

Introduction to Primary Care and the role of the physical therapist in this practice setting. This course will provide foundational knowledge of the pathophysiology and presentation of common medical conditions, history-taking and medical screening, pharmacology and commonly used medications, diagnostic imaging, laboratory tests and clinical reasoning models. Prerequisite: PTHER 516.


PTHER 578 - Advanced Clinical Topics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITH/SP/SU, 3-1S-3 6W)

Study of the theory, evidence and application of physical therapy in complex conditions and advanced topics in primary care, disability management, and occupational rehabilitation. This course will build on the content of PTHER 577 and will focus on clinical reasoning in more complex conditions and cases. Prerequisite: PTHER 546, 548, 549, and 565.


PTHER 900 - Evidence Based Practice Capping Assessment View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 3)(EITHER, UNASSIGNED)

Credit. This capping exercise is composed of a group written evaluative project with an individual oral examination. Prerequisite: Consult Department.


PTHER 901 - Evidence Based Practice Clinical Capping Assessment View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 3)(EITHER, UNASSIGNED)

Credit. This capping exercise is composed of a practical examination of clinical skills. Prerequisite: Consult Department.