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Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning and mobility, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- OCCinfo by alis (includes video) - Alberta-based occupational information
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- A Day in the Life of a Physiotherapist - The Princeton Review (U.S)
- Sokanu: occupational videos and info
- What Physiotherapists Do - Manitoba Physiotherapy Association
- Let's Talk Science Career Profiles: Physiotherapist
- What is Animal Rehab? - Physiocanhelp.ca
- Physical Therapy Careers - videos and info from the APTA (U.S)
- Discover your Future in Healthcare: Physiotherapist (see bottom of page) - University of Manitoba
U of M Academic Calendar
The Academic Calendar & Catalogue outlines program admission and course requirements. Use the left menu to navigate to a specific faculty and program. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit U of M's faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities. Ergonomics may be pursued with either a Bachelor of Kinesiology or a Master of Occupational Therapy depending on the work environment desired.
- College of Rehabilitation Sciences (Master of Physical Therapy) - Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
- Health Careers Access Program (HCAP) - prepares Indigenous Manitobans for entry to the health professions
- Professional Health Access Program - supports Indigenous students who have been accepted into a professional health program
Exploring Other Education Options
- PT Programs in Canada - Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs
- Accredited PT programs Directory (U.S.) - from the APTA
- Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC)
A 6-Step Guide for Internationally-Educated Physiotherapist - Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained PTs
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- I want to be a Physiotherapist. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
- Collective Agreements - Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals
- Canadian Institute for Health Information: About Physiotherapists - within annual reports view 'Table of Contents' (tab 3 within Excel doc)
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Manitoba Physiotherapy Association
- Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
- College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- World Confederation for Physical Therapy
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Regional Health Authorities - Province of Manitoba
- Health Regions in Canada - listings and maps from Statistics Canada
- Find a physiotherapy clinic/facility - Manitoba Physiotherapy Association
- Clinic directories- College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
- Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (also search other Regional Health Authority job boards in MB & Canada)
- Career Centre - Canadian Physiotherapy Association
- Sport Physiotherapy Canada
- International work opportunities - World Confederation for Physical Therapy
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience.
- Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Community Mentorship Program - U of M student-led program
- University of Manitoba Undergraduate Leaders in Healthcare - campus student group
- Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
- Article: Keeping soldiers fit for duty: meet an Army Physiotherapy Officer - Government of Canada