Welcome Letter

Congratulations on being admitted to the MScPT Program! Welcome to the Department and Faculty, we are excited to meet you and get to know you. This is the first step in your journey to becoming a Physical Therapist and becoming part of the healthcare team in these very extraordinary times.

My name is Heather Bredy, and I am the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). I oversee the clinical component of the physical therapy program. Your placements are your chance to learn from the wealth of knowledge of the physical therapists that work every day to make the lives of Canadians better. With the advent of Covid-19 things in the clinical placement world are ever-changing but we are adapting to ensure that you still have access to these wonderful experiences.

I wanted to share some information with you about your clinical placements as there are some things you need to get started on before you begin the program.

Your first clinical experiences will start early in the program. You will be going on a PT shadow day in September and a one-week introductory placement from December 7 to December 11, 2020. There are two prerequisites that need your immediate attention.

1. Police Information Check (PIC) / Criminal Records Check

Your Police Information Check must include a vulnerable sector screen, as you will be working with children and the elderly. Please make every effort to get this done at your local police detachment before coming to Edmonton or Calgary. If your last residence 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 present the original copy (no duplications) of the PIC and a duplicate (photocopy) that will be kept on your student file. When you start in-person classes you will need to present both the original copy and the photocopy to us. We will need to verify the original. We will then keep the photocopy and you will keep the original in your files.

The Police Check is due by Friday, September 11, 2020, and must be dated June 1, 2020, 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 or you are concerned that it may not be clear, i.e. you have an infraction of any kind, you must contact me as soon as possible at heather.bredy@ualberta.ca.

2. Hepatitis B Injections and Immunizations

If you have not previously received the Hepatitis B immunizations, you must begin this process as soon as possible; this should be started before coming to your home campus. 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 have records of all your immunizations (these can normally be obtained from your local public health office if you or your parents do not have them). Without records of your 2 past immunizations, you may be required to receive the full hepatitis B series again. Even if you have had the Hepatitis B immunization in the past, you will be required to have blood tests to check immunity.

Further information regarding immunizations is posted on your MScPT 2023 Clinical Education
eClass page. Please review it closely as things are a little different this year due to Public Health
Orders and current restrictions. As I am sure you can imagine immunizations are more important than
ever when going into health care centres. If you have any questions at all please reach out to me.

Most other pre-requisites can be completed in September when you arrive on campus, but these will all
be posted on your Clinical Education eClass page so please be sure to access that page and read
through the information in detail.

Hepatitis B immunizations, booking your appointment to have your immunizations reviewed
(please see the eClass page) and the Police Information Check must be started now.

Your first clinical placement will start at the end of your first term. You will also have a shadowing
opportunity with a physical therapist in September. You will complete your first placement – the
Introduction to Clinical Practice Week – December 7-11, 2020. 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 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 be required to complete placements in Alberta that are outside of the greater Edmonton
or Calgary region to obtain the clinical experiences that you need. All students are required to
do at least one rural placement although most students will have to do more than one
placement away from their home campus.

● In addition to the course registration fees, students are responsible for costs associated with
clinical placements, i.e. travel and housing.

If you have other questions regarding the prerequisites or clinical education please contact me at
heather.bredy@ualberta.ca.

Again, welcome to the program. I look forward to meeting you and your class virtually in August!

Sincerely,

Heather Bredy, PT, MClScPT
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education