Program Policies


To be in good standing and to register unconditionally, students must meet the requirements of the College Academic Standing and Advancement Policy, as well as the Program requirements.


Academic Standing

Please refer to Bylaw 8: Concerning the Promotion of Academic Success in English or French.


Academic Standing

Academic standing is determined at the end of each semester of the program according to the criteria that follow.
To be in good academic standing in the program:

  • Students must not fail more than 50% of their Specific Education courses (144, 101, 203,
    350) in a semester.
  • Students must not fail the same Specific Education course (101, 144, 203, 350) twice.
  • Students must not fail any (combination of) two of the following four courses:
    • Clinical Education I (144-P34-DW)
    • Clinical Education II (144-P44-DW)
    • Internship I (144-P54-DW)
    • Internship II (144-P64-DW)

Students must complete the Physiotherapy Technology Program within five academic years and must complete any year of the program within a maximum of two academic years.

Students who do not satisfy the criteria of this Academic Standing Policy will be expelled from the Program and the College. Expelled students have the right to appeal the expulsion to the College Academic Standing Appeals Committee.


Students are allowed to advance to the following term of studies under the following conditions:

  • To advance to Term 2, students must pass all Specific Education courses in Term 1.
  • To advance to Term 3, students must pass all Specific Education courses in Term 2.
  • To advance to Term 4, students must pass all Specific Education courses in Term 3.
  • To advance to Term 5, students must pass all Specific Education courses in Term 4.
    • While in Term 5, students must pass Management: Geriatric Profiles (144-P53-DW), Current Topics in Physiotherapy Technology (144-P52-DW), and Therapeutic Relations (144-P51-DW) to advance to Internship I (144-P54-DW).
  • To advance to Term 6, students must pass all Specific Education courses in Term 5 and have completed all but one General Education course.

Students in the program who are prevented from advancing in their Specific Education courses may continue taking General Education courses. Students must contact the Program Coordinator to approve a Plan of Studies that will allow the students to be in phase by the end of the sixth term. Students must also submit an “Intent to Continue in Current Program” form to the Registrar’s Office by March 1 or November 1, as appropriate, in order to resume taking Specific Education courses in the following semester.

Students not taking any courses in a semester must reapply to the College by the application deadline in order to be part of a program of study.

Students who are no longer interested in continuing studies in the program may change programs by submitting an online Program Transfer request by March 1 or November 1, as appropriate, in order to enrol in a different program.

Exceptional Circumstances

In extenuating circumstances, the Program Coordinator may recommend an exception to the Program Academic Standing and Advancement Policy to the Program Dean for approval. This recommendation must be accompanied by a revised Progression Chart.

Professional Conduct

The medical nature of the Physiotherapy Technology Program requires that students develop professional and ethical behaviours in addition to the program competencies. Throughout the program, students will receive on-going feedback to assist them in developing behaviours that are appropriate to the profession.

Physiotherapy Technology students are expected to behave in a professional manner once admitted to the program, both on campus and at the clinical sites. As student members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec, they are expected to abide by their provincial code of ethics (OPPQ Code of Ethics) as well as to conform to the specific rules and regulations of the clinical sites during their training.

Students who exhibit unprofessional behaviors may be expelled from the program. The procedure for expelling students from the program, on the basis of professional conduct, will be applied in accordance with the College’s Institutional Student Evaluation Policy (ISEP) – Professional Conduct Policy.

Some examples of unprofessional behavior (in congruence with the code of ethics for physiotherapists and physiotherapy technologists) for students in the Physiotherapy Technology Program include:

  • Unsafe work practices, not in keeping with the generally accepted standards of the science and practice of physiotherapy;
  • Not adhering to the physiotherapy technologists’ scope of practice – Law 94m (Règlement sur les catégories de permis délivrés par l’Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec);
  • Not adhering to established protocols, including the rules and regulations governing the general operation of the clinical settings;
  • Not treating patients with dignity and respect;
  • Violating patient confidentiality;
  • Dishonesty in documentation in the clinical setting;
  • Failing to disclose any conflict of interest for clinical placement;
  • Repeatedly arriving late for activities involving patient care;
  • Communicating inappropriately or indiscreetly with patients, peers, or clinical site staff;
  • Engaging in written or spoken defamatory behavior toward patients, peers, or clinical site staff;
  • Demonstrating a non-collaborative attitude with peers, teachers or clinical site staff.

Students expelled from the Physiotherapy Technology Program under the Professional Conduct portion of the Academic Standing and Advancement Policy may appeal to the Academic Dean.

Last Modified: July 12, 2023