Online Diagnostic Imaging Course


REHAB 570 Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists

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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).

Participants apply to take the course as special students in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and must complete an online application form.

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. The 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
  • There will be two proctored exams in this course (can be completed at UofA Campus in Edmonton and UofA Satellite in Calgary). For those outside of Edmonton and Calgary, there will be a remote proctoring option.
How to Apply

1) Complete the online graduate application: apply here

2) Upload (and enter under the education section) original degree transcripts from all post-secondary courses and/or programs taken (transcript print date must be no more than 12 months from the date of application). Although transcript copies may be uploaded to the application for initial submission the original transcripts should also be sent directly to:

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

PDF Instructions on how to apply to REHAB 570 (2020)

Technical Requirements to Participate
  • Access to a computer with high-speed internet
  • Internet browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome).
  • Headphones or computer speakers
Tuition Costs
Course tuition fees are approximately $820, plus approximately $195 for non-instructional fees, and a graduate application fee of $100.