This program trains individuals to become physical rehabilitation therapists who are capable of reading and understanding information included in patient files, collecting data required to evaluate the patient’s situation, establishing and implementing a treatment plan, modifying treatment based on the situation, updating patient records and collaborating with other resources.
This program includes training in orthopedics, rheumatology, geriatrics, neurology, pneumology and peripheral vascular problems. When physical rehabilitation therapists work in the health services network, the take on varying levels of responsibility depending on the type of injury being treated.
The work done by physical rehabilitation therapists requires in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, particularly as it pertains to the musculoskeletal system; knowledge of human psychology and knowledge of individuals with disabilities; knowledge of pathological processes and the therapeutic effects of exercise and of physical and mechanical agents; the ability to use specific rehabilitation techniques.
Graduates of this program have a variety of career opportunities available to them. Currently, jobs can be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, chronic care hospitals, children’s hospitals, medical centres (for outpatients), schools for individuals with disabilities and through homecare services. Future opportunities may be available in psychiatric hospitals, educational institutions, major industries (to faster rehabilitation and return to work), multidisciplinary medical centres and care for sports-related injuries. In order to exercise the profession of physical rehabilitation therapist, individuals must hold a licence and be a member of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec.