By the end of this course the student will:
- Understand the Canadian health care system and how physiotherapists practice and function within this system.
- Understand the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities to practice as a physiotherapist in Canada.
- Understand the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours (competencies) required to successfully practice within Canada.
Key Learning Outcomes/Objectives
By the end of this course the student will be able to:
- Explain the roles of the federal and provincial governments in the funding, organization and delivery of health care across Canada.
- Describe where physiotherapists work, their scope of practice and roles within the continuum of health care across Canada.
- Differentiate between the roles of the regulatory colleges and professional associations over the practice of physiotherapy in Canada.
- Explain a physiotherapist’s ethical and legal responsibilities to practice in Canada.
- Describe the key principles that guide a Physiotherapist’s practice including practice standards, code of ethics, the competency profile and continuing competence.
- Explain the concepts of direct access, independent practice, patient centred care, informed consent, cultural competence and their implications for physiotherapy practice.
- Describe interprofessional practice and explain the key competencies required to work within a health care
- Reflect on the similarities, differences and implications for practice between the Canadian context (structure of health care, regulations, ethics, practice standards, client centred care and health care teams) and your current practice
- Provide a broad overview of the physiotherapy competency exam and the strategies to consider when preparing for the exam.
Each module will consist of the following learning activities
- Online lectures:
Three to five short online lectures on various topic related to physiotherapy practice in Canada.
- Self-directed learning activities:
To supplement the lectures students will be assigned a self-directed learning activity. This may consist of reading an article or paper, reviewing practice standards, reviewing code of ethics or searching the internet for specific information on physiotherapy practice in Canada.
Each module will consist of a self-reflection exercise where student are asked to reflect upon practice requirements in Canada compared to their home country. Student may also be asked for strategies to better prepare themselves for practice in Canada.
Each module will include an online quiz that tests the student’s knowledge of the content covered in the lectures and that discovered in the self-directed learning activity. Quizzes will consist of multiple choice, true/false or short answer questions. All quizzes are open book and students will have a window to time to complete the quiz (exact details of the number of questions and time frame to complete the quizzes will be posted on e-class).
- Discussion forums:
A discussion forum where students can post questions or discussions on topics related the course consent. The intent of forum is to provide the students with a virtual community where that can connect, study and problem-solve with the other students. Participation is not required and the forum will not be moderated by the instructor or formally evaluated.