Placement Resources

Web Resources

While the information contained in these websites is not UBC-specific, we think these sites provide excellent practical information on hosting a student placement.

University of Western Ontario PEP Modules website
Note: All our MPT students must review the PEP modules prior to starting their first placement.

E-Tips for Practice Education website

E-tips flyer (PDF)

CCPUP (Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs) website

The Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs (Academic Council) is a national organization which includes representatives from Canada’s 14 physiotherapy university education and research programs and physiotherapy colleagues from the accreditation, regulatory and association sectors. The Academic Council provides leadership in topics, trends and issues pertinent to physiotherapy academic and clinical education and research. Fundamental to the activities of the Academic Council is the collaborative working relationship of its member organizations and the National Association for Clinical Education in Physiotherapy.

Dalhousie University Preceptor e-Learning Course
Created by the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University (2013).

Facilitating Learning in the Workplace
This module from Health Education North Central and East London (UK) explores some theoretical perspectives on workplace-based learning and considers how they can help support the workplace-based learning of students and trainees. It includes some practical suggestions on how to enhance learning while working.
[Note: You do not need to register. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and navigate through the module via the 1-12 arrows.]

Resource Documents

Shadow Placement Guide
UBC MPT Shadow Placement Guide for Supervisors
These guidelines will provide information for those PTs taking a student(s) on an “Introduction to Practice” (Shadowing) learning experience.

APTA Forms

The following forms are offered with permission from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The forms can be helpful in many aspects of a student placement – from weekly planning and reviews, to incident and anecdotal reports. Feel free to include these forms in your clinical placement toolkit!

APTA Student Program Planning Flow Chart

APTA Weekly Planning Form

APTA Anecdotal Record Form

APTA Critical Incident Report


Checklist of Key Cardio-Respiratory Interventions (Oct 2013) (NACEP)

CR Short Form Checklist (Sep 2013) (NACEP)

Musculoskeletal Procedures Checklist (U of Sask)

Musculoskeletal Conditions Checklist (U of Sask)

Supervision Resource Guide

Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association Supervision Resource Guide for Alberta Physiotherapists
Supervision is part of the role of a clinical educator. The College of Physical Therapists of Alberta have an useful resource for those new to supervision or who would like some tips. While the information contained in these websites is not UBC-specific, we think these sites provide excellent practical information on hosting a student placement.

BC Academic Health Council (Practice Education Committee)

Self Assessment Checklist for Clinical Program and Service Unit Leaders in Health Authorities

Expectations for Placements
We have developed some generic student expectations for each level of student (1, 2, 3), which may be adaptable for your clinical setting. Students receive these expectations and are accountable for them as written, however, you are most welcome to adapt these for use at your site or as a basis for learning objectives if they are helpful.

Optional Activities during Placements
Suggestions for both Educator and Student. A list of ideas and activities for any down time during a placement.

Resources for Objective Writing

The following six documents may be helpful as you write objectives for different levels of student:

Writing Educational Goals and Objectives

Sample Action Words for Stating Learning Objectives

The Hierarchical Steps in the Cognitive, Psychomotor and Affective Domains of Learning

Bloom’s Taxonomy-Levels of Learning diagram

Verbs for Bloom’s Taxonomy

Expanded Taxonomy of Learning chart


Orientation Guidelines for Physical Therapy Clinical Placements (NACEP)

CIHC National Interprofessional Competency Framework – Quick Reference

Guiding Questions for Reflection on IP Competencies on Clinical Placements

IRPbc IPPE Learning Objectives (2011)


The “Hidden Curriculum”

This 20-min seminar was recorded by Vancouver Coastal Health. Sue Murphy (Associate Head, Clinical Education, UBC PT) discusses perceptions our MPT students may have on placement – the “hidden curriculum” (things conveyed to students without actually being taught). Knowing what students “pick up” from their clinical setting can help Clinical Educators in their approach to students and enable them to “debunk the myths” that sometimes circulate amongs students.

Interprofessional Clinical Education

Information and resources for planning an IP learning experience in the clinical setting.

Please see this page for more information on our four student-led clinics:

  • The Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic at Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster)
  • The Neuromuscular Outpatient Program Student-Led Clinic at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre (Vancouver)
  • The PRISM (Prince Rupert Interprofessional Student-led Model) Clinic at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
  • The Student-led Clinic at Surrey Memorial Hospital


This document will be helpful in planning an IP learning experience in the clinical setting:
Understanding and Facilitating Interprofessional Education: A Guide to Incorporating Interprofessional Experiences into the Practice Education Setting