Essential Skills in Physical Therapy Clinical Labs

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Internationally educated physical therapists (IEPTs) who are working towards full licensure in Alberta are invited to enroll in the Essential Skills in Physical Therapy Practice II Course which is part of the Faculty of Rehab Medicine’s IEPT Bridging education.

This course comprises 40 hours of on-campus clinical skills labs at the University of Alberta North/Main campus in Edmonton. This is a comprehensive physical therapy skills course that covers assessments and interventions for a wide range of practice areas (e.g. Neurological, Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal and specialty areas such as rehabilitation for people with amputations, spinal cord injury, burns, etc.). IEPTs will also complete practice OSCE stations and a final OSCE examination within the course.

The course fee for IEPTs (who are not currently enrolled in the Bridging Certificate program) will be $1800.

The Essential Skills in Physical Therapy Clinical Lab series included three lab weekends (6 full days) plus a final OSCE exam.

Fall 2024 lab dates are:

  • September 28-29, 2024
  • October 26-27, 2024
  • November 23- 24, 2024
  • Final OSCE Exam - December 7, 2024

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Lab Instructor

Michelle Barnes 

Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Michelle Barnes graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with her Physiotherapy Degree. She has also completed degrees in Education and Physical Education. Since 2002 Michelle has worked as a physical therapist in both public and private practice with experience treating musculoskeletal injuries and an outpatient neurology population including people who had experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury at Alberta's largest rehabilitation hospital. She has also worked as a site Clinical Coordinator for student placements to provide student orientation and help to arrange clinical placements.

In 2013 Michelle returned to the U of A to run the student physiotherapy clinic. Among other faculty responsibilities, Michelle currently instructs and organizes clinical placements within the Graduate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physical Therapy Practice program and instructs the faculty's OSCE workshops and other faculty online courses for internationally trained physical therapists.

How to Apply

Online Course Payment

You can register for this lab course by making the $1800 registration fee payment via the link above.

A full refund is available if requested one week before the first lab date. Refund requests after less than 7 days from the first lab will be subject to a $100 administrative fee.


The labs are held in Corbett Hall at the University of Alberta North Campus located in Edmonton, AB. Labs or in-person only.


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