Online Diagnostic Imaging Course

REHAB 570 Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists 

The course is a graduate level three-credit distance-based course. All coursework is completed online. The course includes three hours/week of formal class content over 13-weeks (total of 39 hours). As this is a graduate level course, participants can expect to spend an additional 2-3 hours of study time per hour of course time (this may vary depending on the individual's level of computer experience and time since taking a university level course).

The next offering of the course is tentatively scheduled for delivery March 5 - May 25, 2018.  We are now accepting course applications.  

Participants apply to take the course as special students in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and must complete a paper application form.  Please complete the application, make your application fee payment (can pay by cheque or put in CC info), and include an official copy of your degree transcript and mail directly to our faculty (not to the registrars office) at:

 rehab-570-paper-application2018

Shawn Drefs
University of Alberta
3-48 Corbett Hall
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4

Course description and goals 

The course will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively utilize diagnostic imaging in the management of selected conditions seen by physiotherapists. The curriculum will emphasize patient safety and a physiotherapist’s accountability to ensure effective and appropriate utilization of diagnostic imaging, and facilitate timely access to diagnostic imaging. Curriculum will include, but not be limited to:
  •     Understanding diagnostic imaging technology
  •     Patient safety issues and risks when ordering diagnostic imaging
  •     Criteria for ordering diagnostic imaging
  •     Ethics of the use of diagnostic imaging in physiotherapy practice
  •     Using search patterns to understand images
  •     Understanding content and relevance of an imaging report
  •     Integration of diagnostic imaging findings into practice
  •     Understanding cost and utilization issues associated with diagnostic imaging procedures

E-learning methods   

The course will include mini-online lectures, self-directed study chapters, case studies and online discussions.
  • Online lectures: Will be used where knowledge acquisition of new concepts are introduced.
  • Self-directed study chapter: Online lectures will be supplemented by a self-directed study chapter from the course text. Each week, students will be provided with a guided learning sheet and will be expected to work through assigned course text chapters to answer objectives of guided learning questions.
  • Case studies: Case study or case study series with assigned questions will be posted for each course module. Participants will be expected to read case study(s) and work though the assigned questions.
  • Online discussions: Will be used for a group discussion of the case study(s) and assigned questions. All on-line discussions will be moderated by the course instructors

Tuition costs

Course tuition fees are $778.20, plus approximately $153.08 for non-instructional fees, and a graduate application fee of $100.00. There are no additional travel costs.

Technical requirements to participate online  

  • Access to a computer with high-speed internet
  • Internet browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome).
  • Headphones or computer speakers