Physical Therapy

About the Department

The Department of Physical Therapy is part of the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, the only free-standing faculty of its kind in North America. Housed in historic Corbett Hall in Edmonton, the Department of Physical Therapy has expanded to include satellite programs at the U of A Augustana Campus in Camrose and the University of Calgary Downtown Campus in Calgary. 

Over the course of its 50-year history, the Department has consistently been recognized for professional, scholarly and academic excellence, and has established a reputation as one of the premier Physical Therapy programs in North America.

Vision

The University of Alberta Physical Therapy Department is the place where:

  • The best students, educators, clinicians and researchers are drawn and inspired to learn 
  • and discover Physical Therapy.
  • Innovation is embraced.
  • Active sharing and engagement with the community enhances lifelong health and the value 
  • of physical therapy.

Mission

Through leadership and vision, the Department of Physical Therapy promotes excellence in 
physical therapy practice by:
  • Providing the highest quality Physical Therapy education at all levels.
  • Conducting scholarly research at the frontiers of rehabilitation science.
  • Engaging in collaborative community partnerships.

Education

Our faculty members are outstanding teachers as well as internationally recognized researchers. They are committed to preparing physical therapists to enhance the health of persons within our community and the larger global environment.
As a research-intensive university, we support evidence-based practices and a balanced education that includes quality learning in the classroom and lab as well as hands-on experience through clinical placements and student clinics. We also adopt teaching technology that has been proven effective, including simulation labs, e-learning and state-of-the-art clinical equipment.

Our Department is also committed to lifelong learning and as such, conducts annual continuing education opportunities that are designed to bring relevant contemporary programs to campus.

Research

A research leader in musculoskeletal health, spinal cord injuries, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, chronic pain management, and seniors’ health; we are the destination of choice for rehabilitation professionals, researchers, students and scientists.

The Department of Physical Therapy boasts three research chairs: two Canada Research Chairs and one other endowed research chair funded by philanthropic gifts. Our three research chair holders are impacting the community and the world by conducting translational research in our Department’s environment of exploration, discovery, and scholarship.

Partnerships

The Department of Physical Therapy is proud of its connections with other universities and rehabilitation organizations and associations worldwide. We have taken part in the planning and development of various physical therapy programs in other countries. Our involvement with international communities will increase as we share our knowledge and not only connect our faculty, but also our students and future scientists. 

Here in Alberta, we are proud of our connections with partners such as: Alberta Health Services, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Workers’ Compensation Board, Health Sciences Council, University of Alberta faculties and departments, Steadward Centre, University of Calgary, Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, Institute of Health Economics, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Cross Cancer Institute, Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research, and more.