Below are the Physiotherapy clinical placement dates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Some dates listed exceed the amount of time students are required to be on placement. This allows flexibility to accommodate clinical instructor schedule/vacation if necessary.
|Placement Date Range||Placement Length||Clinical Practice Unit||Program Year|
|Jan 2 – Feb 14, 2020||6 weeks||Clinical Practice I (CP I)||Year 1|
|Apr 8 – Jun 12, 2020||8 weeks||Clinical Practice IV (CP IV)||Year 2|
|Jun 3 – July 28, 2020||7 weeks||Clinical Practice II (CP II)||Year 1|
|Oct 28 – Dec 24, 2020||7 weeks||Clinical Practice III (CP III)||Year 2|
Placements in the McMaster catchment area are organized by the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and the opportunities occur within a broad range and scope of settings. McMaster’s catchment area allows students to gain valuable clinical experience in both urban and rural areas. Students can expect to complete placements within all areas of the designated McMaster catchment. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete program requirements.
The McMaster catchment area extends:
Should you wish to make a recommendation of a clinical facility within the McMaster catchment, please complete and submit the Clinical Facility Recommendation Form.
Each university has their own geographical catchment area from which they obtain placements. Students may request to complete a placement in other areas of Ontario and Canada. All costs incurred for out of catchment (OOC) placements are the responsibility of the student. Costs may include, but are not limited to, application fee, travel, relocation, accommodations, vaccinations, insurance, and food. The McMaster Physiotherapy Program does not provide funds to assist students to cover related costs.
Ontario Universities with Physiotherapy Programs:
Map of Catchment Areas for Ontario Universities with Physiotherapy Programs
Non-Ontario Universities with Physiotherapy Programs:
The Northern Studies Stream (NSS) is a unique experience for McMaster Physiotherapy students. This stream was developed to help recruit rural clinicians who practice in Northern Ontario. Approximately 33 students will participate in clinical placements in NSS during the two years of the program. Funding for travel and accommodation is available, to a maximum cost paid for by the NSS, through funding made available by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Map of Cities Included in the Northern Study Stream
Students may have the opportunity of completing an international placement in their final clinical placement. All costs incurred for international placements are the responsibility of the student. Costs may include, but are not limited to, application fee, travel, relocation, accommodations, vaccinations, insurance, food. The McMaster Physiotherapy Program does not provide funds to assist the student to cover related costs.
Separate processes are in place for out of catchment, Northern Studies Stream, and international placements.
The Clinical Education team is always looking for sites interested in offering placements. If you are interested in offering a Physiotherapy clinical placement, a step-by-step process guide is provided below.
In order to provide excellent clinical experiences for our students, we have the following guidelines for physiotherapists that are interested in supervising students for clinical placements:
Once a physiotherapist has committed to take a student for a clinical placement, specific responsibilities and objectives related to that placement will be outlined prior to the start of the placement.
We encourage all prospective clinical instructors to review the MSc(PT) Clinical Instructor Handbook, which will provide a general overview of the MSc(PT) program and clinical education aspects.