Welcome Letter

Congratulations on being admitted to the MScPT (course-based) Program! Welcome to the Department and Faculty. This is the first step in your journey to becoming a Physical Therapist.

My name is Heather Bredy. I am the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) and I oversee the clinical component of the physical therapy program. I wanted to share some information with you about your clinical placements as there are some things you will need to get started on before you get here.

You will be embarking on a PT shadow day in September and a one week introductory placement in December. There are two pre-requisites that need your immediate attention!

1. Police Information Check (PIC)/Criminal Records Check
PIC must include a vulnerable sector check, as you will be working with children and the elderly. Please try to get this done at your local police detachment prior to coming to Edmonton. If your last residency was OUTSIDE Canada, you will be required to obtain a local check from your last place of residence. If that local police detachment will not provide a distance check (will not provide a check without you present and you no longer live there) we will need you to complete a form that states that you have made all reasonable efforts to obtain a local check. Please do not have the results sent to us; the results are confidential and should be sent to you. You will need to show us the original copy (no duplications) of the PIC as well as submit a duplicate copy for your student file.

The Police Check is due by August 25, 2017 and must be dated June 1, 2017 or later. Please note that in some areas PICs may take up to 6 weeks to process. The Police Check is VERY IMPORTANT as you will not be permitted to go on placement until this requirement is met. If your check is not clear, i.e you have an infraction, please make an appointment to see me as soon as you get to Corbett Hall in August.  

2. Hepatitis B Injections and Immunizations
If you have not previously had the Hepatitis B immunizations, you must begin this process as soon as possible. Two of the series of three injections must be completed before you begin your placement and these need to be spaced one month apart. Ensure that you bring proof of all your immunizations with you in August. Even if you have had the Hepatitis B immunization in the past, you may be required to have blood tests to check immunity.

All immunizations can be completed at the University Health Center. Bring your immunization records with you, these can normally be obtained from your local public health office. These records will help the University Health Center determine what you need.

The majority of these pre-requisites can be completed in August when you arrive on campus. Hep B and Police Record Check must be started now. For more information go to:

Health, Safety and Pre-Requisite Requirements

Your first clinical placement will start towards the end of your first term. You will also have a shadowing opportunity with a physical therapist in the middle of the first term. You will complete your first placement – the Introduction to Clinical Practice Week – December 11-15, 2017. This will be an introduction to the clinical world of physical therapy and a very exciting time for you. We will be meeting early in your program to discuss organizing this placement.

  • Your first three clinical placements will take place in Alberta. This is a department policy. You will have an opportunity to request out-of-province placement(s) and/or an international placement later in the program
  • You will complete placements in Alberta that are outside Edmonton or Calgary in order to obtain the clinical experiences that you need
  • In addition to the course registration fees, students are responsible for costs associated with clinical placements, i.e. travel and housing

Again, welcome to the program. I look forward to meeting you and your class on July 31st.


Heather Bredy
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education