Clinical Education


The Department of Physical Therapy values the important contributions of Clinical Educators to student learning.


Clinical Sites in BC/Yukon


Hours of Clinical Education


Clinical Educators

In 2021

Supervising Students >

Discover what is involved in becoming a clinical educator. Submit offers to supervise students during placements. Find guidance on formal assessments of student performance and reporting incidents. Forms for students and sites are located here.

Clinical Educator Professional Development >

Find resources to improve the effectiveness as an educator in a clinical environment. Locate or request formal workshops covering topics related to clinical education skills development.

Clinical Faculty >

Learn about how to become a UBC Clinical Faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and view the current membership.

Educator Awards and Recognition >

Learn more about how to apply for upcoming awards and recognition draws.  View winners from the previous Department of Physical Therapy awards and recognition draws.

Clinical Placements During COVID-19

UBC Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) clinical placements are aligned with provincial guidelines to help ensure a safe environment for students, clinical educators and patients. Students are required to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the Provincial Health Office, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), UBC, the College of Physical Therapists of BC, and the Health Authority/Site in which they are on placement. Specifically, students are required to:

  • Complete the UBC Return to Clinical Placement Module and health authority specific pre-placement requirements.
  • Perform routine daily COVID-19 screening and complete the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool prior to each clinical placement shift and follow the directions provided (BCCDC Student Practice Education Guideline for Health-Care Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic).
  • Confirm that they have completed the self-assessment tool with their clinical education prior to the start of each shift. This confirmation can be a verbal confirmation.
  • Ensure they are familiar with site and health authority COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.
  • Seek to fully understand the clinical site’s safety processes and procedures during the site orientation.
  • Universal precautions should be followed with the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for every patient encounter, including the minimum of medical masks.
  • Stay home if they feel unwell or are symptomatic in any way, follow the directions provided in the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool and notify their clinical educator, site practice lead and Associate Head, Clinical Education (per Department of Physical Therapy procedures).
  • Liaise with the Associate Head, Clinical Education and clinical educator/site practice lead to follow the return to clinical placement guidance outlined by BCCDC Interim Guidance on Return to Work for Health-Care Workers with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (see link at the bottom of this page).
  • Follow the BCCDC principles of physical distancing, where possible during educational or work experience. This includes adhering to distancing guidelines while on shift break. Additionally, students are equally responsible for adhering to these guidelines before and after their shift in order to decrease risk and possibility of exposure (BCCDC Student Practice Education Guideline for Health-Care Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic).

UBC MPT students are able to be involved in the provision of direct patient care for confirmed positive and suspected positive COVID-19 patients under the following conditions:

  1. The patient encounter and clinical experience is determined by the supervising health care team to support the student’s development of entry-level physical therapy clinical competencies, and
  2. The student is provided all required PPE, and
  3. The student is supervised by a licensed physical therapist.

MPT students may engage in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs) when deemed by the supervising health care team to be low risk, to support student competency development, with appropriate PPE and under supervision. Should students require N95 masks on placement, the clinical site must provide the N95 and ensure the student has valid Fit Testing for the specific mask model.

Additional information may be found in the COVID-19 FAQs.

Additional resources for clinical educators are here; including Guidelines for Telerehabilitation and Clinical Education Amidst Clinical Challenges.

Please view our Clinical Education Frequently Asked Questions or contact us with any additional questions.