Clinical Education

The School of Physiotherapy offers MSc(PT) Entry Level students with a wide variety of clinical placement opportunities in over 100 Atlantic, Canadian and international sites. The School has professional connections in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and India where students can go on clinical placements. For more information about global health placement opportunities available through the School of Physiotherapy, see Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Global Health Fieldwork/Placements.

You can view a short YouTube documentary featuring students from the Health Faculties as they discuss their experiences in overseas placements with the Dalhousie Global Health Office.

Note: All students are responsible for paying travel and living costs associated with clinical placements. Some students may be eligible for travel and accommodation support. Find out more.

Schedule of Clinical Placements
(All placements are full time)
Year 1    
PHYT 5500 Clinic Orientation 2 weeks scheduled in December
PHYT 5501/5502 Cardiorespiratory/Musculosketal 6 weeks scheduled in April - May
PHYT 5502/5501 Musculosketal/Cardiorespiratory 6 weeks scheduled in May - June*
Year 2    
PHYT 6501 Neurosciences 6 weeks scheduled in January - February
PHYT 6502/6503 Integrated Practice/Senior 6 weeks scheduled in June - July
PHYT 6503/6502 Senior/Integrated Practice 6 weeks scheduled end of July - August

* It is possible that Year 1 placements may run into July/August.

NOTE: 2019/2020 is a transition year. The above schedule shows Year 1 in the New Curriculum schedule and Year 2 in the final year using the old curriculum schedule.

The clinical placements provide for the integration and application of learning in a clinical environment. This leads to the development of clinical competencies in each area of practice: Cardiorespiratory (C/R), Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Neuroscience.

During the second term of Year Two, the emphasis builds upon previous studies and includes the areas of geriatrics, private practice, industry, community practice, and innovative practice.