The curriculum prepares IEPTs to work effectively as a primary care PT by promoting:
Active and Collaborative Learning
IEPTs are expected to actively engage in class discussions, exploration of different perspectives with fellow students, make class presentations, work in groups on assignments outside of class time that require integrating ideas, assisting other learners by providing feedback and providing support to fellow students while developing skills in reflective practice. Students are expected to attend all mentor placement meetings, Saturday lab sessions, clinical placements, Boot Camp week and all exams.
Technology Facilitated Community of Learning
Real-time technology will be used to facilitate a learning community with collaboration between students and instructors. At times IEPT students will be on-line at the same time as their fellow students or will complete assignments independently. Assignments will be submitted electronically at specified dates using documents, learning item uploads and videos. At specified periods progress will be assessed on-campus at in-person sessions.
IEPTs will learn how qualified Canadian PTs think about and solve clinical problems by interacting with instructors, facilitators and mentors inside and outside the learning environment. Students can expect to receive written and verbal feedback from faculty on their academic performance, discuss grades or assignments with an instructor and discuss ideas from your readings or classes with faculty members
Clinical Reasoning Skills
As independent practitioners, Canadian physical therapists are required to making clinical judgement about assessment findings, synthesize and organize ideas, information, or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and apply theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations. IEPT learners will learn how to conduct initial assessments for patients with musculoskeletal, neurological and cardio-respiratory conditions, interpret the findings, reach a clinical diagnosis and design evidence-based clinical interventions.
Enriching Educational Experiences
Complementary learning opportunities will enhance the Bridging Certificate academic programs. Diversity experiences teach IEPT students valuable things about themselves, the health care system and Canadian practice. The campus environment will encourage contact among IEPT learners from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds. Clinical exposure facilitated by a mentor who is a registered physiotherapist in the local community will provide opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge.