The University of Alberta MSc PT course-based program is offered at 3 different campuses:
The MScPT Program at the University of Alberta employs a distributed education model. This means that the MScPT program is taught on three separate campuses using traditional face to face instruction, online learning as well as a combination of the two called blended learning. Technology has enabled us to teach physical therapy at multiple centres across the province allowing students to learn closer to home or in a smaller community.
Of the 110 students admitted to the program, approximately 80 students study in Edmonton, 12 study in Camrose and 18 in Calgary. All students begin the program with a 1 month residency in Edmonton to study anatomy and establish initial face-to-face connections with the colleagues they will be working with via technology throughout the remainder of their program. With the MSc PT program’s distributed education model, students at all campuses complete the same core program of required courses as their colleagues enrolled at the other campuses. Each campus will offer unique elective opportunities reflective of local expertise and community partnerships in addition to the online electives available to all.
The MSc PT program embraces the use of technology in the delivery of classes. The majority of classes will be led by an instructor based in Edmonton and broadcast using high definition video conferencing technology to our campuses in Camrose and Calgary. However, some courses will be led by an instructor at a satellite campus or by expert guest lecturers who are not on site, and some courses will be delivered in a fully online format. Therefore, all students should expect a blended approach to teaching and learning in the MSc PT program regardless of their campus location.
The program employs state-of-the-art video conferencing technology. Multiple cameras and microphones capture the activities in each class which is transmitted to the other campuses. Students at satellite sites watch lectures on large TV monitors in real time; instructors are able to ask questions of groups of students at satellites who are able to respond and actively participate in classes. All lab activities are facilitated at each site by satellite instructors, who are physiotherapists, or by local experts.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) serves prospective and current students at the University of Alberta whose disabilities might involve any number of conditions affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, and physical or mental health. While many services of the SAS are available or can be remotely accessed from the MScPT satellite campuses in Camrose and Calgary, the main SAS office and full range of in-person supports are located in Edmonton. Prospective students with potential need for accommodation may wish to consider the Edmonton Campus as a first choice.
Upon successful completion of the program students will receive a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta and graduates will be eligible to write the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators entry-level proficiency exam.