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Email:   cpte.program@usask.ca        Phone: 306-966-2043        Fax:   306-966-7673

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Out of province temporary license:  If you are not a Saskatchewan resident with a current Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapist (SCPT) license, for courses involving hands on/practical requirements, participants are required to acquire temporary license (for the dates of the course) with the SCPT. You are required to provide proof of temporary license to CPTE.  Visit scpt.org on how to obtain a temporary license.

CPTE does not manage course registration payments.  For any COURSE REGISTRATION information or inquires (payments, reciepts etc), please contact the Registration office directly at: 306.966.5539 or via email at: conference.events@usask.ca.

The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness – Interactive Online Course

Registration NOW OPEN!

Course dates: September 17 - December 21, 2018

A jointly created online course by Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Physical Therapy Education (CPTE) that explores the health and wellness of Indigenous patients in our province. The course starts from a historical perspective and moves to current institutional experiences with the goal of creating an evidence-based communications plan to assist in providing improved health care to your indigenous patients.

Course Brochure

Registration fees

All Health Professionals: $300 + GST

Full-time Students/Residents:  $250 + GST (proof of enrollment required)

Course Description

The content was designed from an Indigenous world view, delivered through the voices and stories of Indigenous community members and scholars. Health care practitioners who complete the course will have the knowledge, skills and insights to implement an inter-professional approach to understanding and supporting the wellness of Indigenous patients, families and communities. The final assignment will be to develop a Culturally Responsive Health Care Plan and Indigenous Communications Strategy applicable to your work-place environment.

We have chosen to deliver this course through the voices and stories of leaders in Indigenous health care. You will be taken on a journey of personal reflection while exploring the experiences of Indigenous peoples – both past and present – that negatively impact their health and well-being as individuals and as communities.

  • Personal Reflection, Indigenous World View, and How These Affect Health Care
  • How the Past Informs the Present (Access and Health Care Governance Issues)
  • Culturally Responsive Care: The Challenge of Finding Middle Ground

Target Audience

The course is suitable for health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, clinicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, pharmacists etc.) who directly support indigenous people as part of their patient population. Enrollment is open to health care practitioners across Canada.


This online course is self-directed. Participants are expected to complete the online modules at their own pace, within their registered twelve-week session. 

Learning Objectives

Through your participation in the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how ‘cultural genocide’ led to intergenerational trauma that impacts the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples
  • Identify how the current health disparities faced by Indigenous peoples have their roots in their historical and current institutional experiences
  • Explain how reclaiming Indigenous culture and beliefs may allow for healing
  • Describe how the current environment contributes to health disparities
  • Develop communication strategies that create and enhance culturally respectful health care

Course Modules and Topics


Topic 1: The Influence of Personal Beliefs on Providing Patient Care

Topic 2: Intergenerational Trauma – Racism in Health Care

Topic 3: Relationship Building and Communication Strategies to Enhance Cultural Safety



Topic 4: Access to Care

Topic 5: Residential Schools and Intergenerational Trauma

Topic 6: What is Cultural Safety?



Topic 7: What are Culturally Responsive Health Care Environments?

Topic 8: Creating a Culturally Responsive Care Plan


Care for Amputees

Registration is NOW OPEN!  

4 part Webinar series

Dates: September 21, October 5, October 19, and November 9, 2018

View the Event Poster 

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1. September 21, 2018. 1-2pm: Immediate post-op amputee care
Upon completion of this module, the attendee will be able to identify:
  • commonly used modalities for edema control 
  • proper positioning for anyone affected by amputation
  • appropriate post-operative exercises
2. October 5, 2018. 3-4pm: Pre-prosthetic amputee care
Upon completion of this module, the attendee will be able to identify:
  • Common problems that impact function after amputation
  • Exercises appropriate for the individual with amputation
  • Appropriate residual limb care 
3. October 19, 2018. 1-2pm: Prosthetic innovation 
Upon completion of this module, the attendee will be able to identify:
  • Current prosthetic innovation and application
  • Sock management
  • Trouble shooting
4.  November 9, 2018. 1-2pm: Gait training for the person with lower extremity amputation
Upon completion of this module, the attendee will be able to:
  • Implement a gait training program for people with lower limb amputation
  • Identify exercises to improve walking with a prosthesis
  • Identify modifications for higher level activity
Level 3 Lower Quadrant

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Level 3 Lower Quadrant of the National Orthopaedic Division (NOD) Syllabus

Course runs over 3 weekends: Sept 21-23, Oct 26-28, Nov 30-Dec2, 2018


Session Location:  

School of Rehabiliation Science

Room 3460

Health Sciences Bldg, UofS

Saskatoon, SK


Session Times:  83 hours + 2 hours exam = 85 hours total (61 in class hours + 24 independent online)    

24 independent online hours to be completed prior to first in-person session September 21st.   

Sept 21 4pm-9pm

Sept 22 8am-5pm

Sept 23 8am-5pm


Oct 26 4pm-9pm

Oct 27 8am-5pm

Oct 28 8am-5pm


Nov 30 4pm-9pm

Dec 1  8am-5pm

Dec 2  8am-12pm and exam 1-3pm

Instructors: Richard Bourassa, Denise Cherkas

Registration Fees – until Aug 15, 2018

$1500.00 - CPA Member 

$1900.00 - non-CPA Member 

After Aug 15, 2018 – all registrations $1900.00


The Female Athlete

Registration is NOW OPEN!

September 29 & 30, 2018

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Antony Lo of the The Physio Detective


Saturday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Sunday 7:00am optional workout.  Course 7:30am-5:30pm

Course information

Target Audience:

This course will be suitable for MSK/Sports/Ortho/Women’s Health Physiotherapists, Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Personal trainers, Coaches and other interested health and fitness professionals.

This course is for women and men with female clients/patients (though this can apply to any athletic population)

Registration Fees:

Super early bird $690 until July 15, 2018

$740.00 – until August 1, 2018

Aug 2-24, 2018 – $790.00

Course Description:

High intensity exercise has been popular for decades. However people like Jane Fonda, Les Mills, bootcamps, Obstacle Course Racing and CrossFit have made high intensity exercise very popular among female exercisers. The USA Weightlifting Federation has seen a significant increase in membership largely in part to CrossFit’s use of Olympic Weightlifting in its exercise programming. With such high level physical challenges come concerns about how to manage common women’s health problems such as Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse (associated more with pelvic floor weakness) and Pelvic Pain (particularly from pelvic floor overactivity) as well as concerns about exercising during pregnancy, and postpartum issues such as divarication of rectus abdominis, exercising after a Caesarian section, and lifting while breastfeeding. This course will attempt to address these concerns about high intensity exercise in women, teach participants some of the common loaded movements, how to modify these exercises for different populations, and how to assess, treat and rehabilitate common lower half injuries.

Course Objectives:

• To provide a chance for health and fitness professionals to think about their thinking, models, biases, and beliefs and then to challenge them!

• To provide a framework from which you can approach the acquisition of knowledge, assessment and management of Female Athletes

• To provide a basic understanding of high intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including bootcamp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants

• To provide participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess and treat high intensity training athletes more specifically

• To deal with ante-natal and post natal exercise considerations in high intensity exercise.

• To provide an overview of common high intensity exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries of the lumbopelvic-hip complex and options on how to manage them using exercise

• To provide an understanding of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in exercise and appropriate modifications for impact and relatively heavy lifting exercises

• To provide a way of utilizing “core stability” principles with a test-retest model using performance as a measure of effectiveness

• To provide an overview of the common body weight and loaded movements involving the LPH, sound technique guidelines and appropriate modifications

• To provide a realistic and practical balance between the biological and the psychosocial aspects in managing the high intensity training athlete, their Coaches and their expectations

• To provide an understanding of the concepts of #tensiontotask, #spreadtheload, #variabilityisking and #BulletproofPFRoutine

School of Rehabilitation Science Graduate Student Knowledge Sharing Day

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October 12, 2018

Saskatoon, SK

Event Poster

Interested in presenting?  Email: srs.research@usask.ca 

Register to attend

Pain & Therapeutics Conference

Registration is NOW OPEN!

October 20, 2018

Saskatoon, SK

Hosted by: the Univeristy of Saskatchewan Health Sciences Continuing Education Group

An interdisciplinary conference focused on mental health, complex pain and substance use disorders

Target Audience:
Family Physicians, Specialist Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Professionals, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Residents, Health Sciences Students. Other health professionals are encouraged to attend.

Topics Include:

  • Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain
  • Evidence Based Non-Pharmacological Pain Care
  • Complex Pain in Adolescents
  • Opioid Reassessment and Deprescribing
  • And More!

Conference Poster

Conference Agenda

Registration Fees

  • $250.00 + GST Health Care Professionals
  • $150.00 + GST Students/Residents 

Live Streaming (Plenary Sessions Only)

  • $100.00 + GST
Biomedical Dry Needling

Registration is NOW OPEN!

Oct 19-21 & Nov 16-18. 2018

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Scott Gallant with Smart Seminars

Registration and course information via Smart Seminars

Mulligan Concept Upper Quadrant

Registration is NOW OPEN!

November 3-4, 2018

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Jack Miller BSc(PT), DipMT(NZ), MClSc, DPT, FCAMPT

Registration Fees:

$540.00 – until September 30, 2018

Oct 1-15, 2018 – $590.00


This two-day seminar deals with Brian Mulligan’s concept of the application of mobilization with movement (MWM), a new and exciting approach in manual therapy. Seminar participants can expect a syllabus high on practical application with a clear understanding of the rationale for use of MWM’s in both the spine and lower extremities. Following this course, therapists should be able to effectively apply the techniques in their own practices and expect immediate positive patient outcomes.

Course outline

  • Clinical Reasoning for MWM’s
  • “tennis elbow”
  • Headaches
  • Cervical Sustained Natural Apophyseal Glides 
  • Natural Apophyseal Glides (NAGS)
  • Cervical belt traction
  • Shoulder dysfunction
  • Painful arc
  • Wrist/Hand/Forearm

View the Mulligan Concept website for more information.

Yoga as Medicine I - Professional Yoga Therapist Certification Module 8

Registration is NOW OPEN!

December 6-10, 2018

Hosted by: Continuing Physical Therapy Education

Course Content Provider: Professional Yoga Therapy Institute

Instructor: Dr. Ginger Garner & Dr. Allison Marsden

Early Bird Registration (until Oct 1, 2018): $2200.00

Regular Registration Fees (after Oct 1, 2018): $2500.00

Module 8 is an intensive on-site module that is part of the practical, applied lab portion of the Professional Yoga Therapist certification program. This course puts the lectures of Modules 1-7 into motion with application of the concepts learned in those pre-requisite distance modules.  There is an oral practcal and course exam on completion, which is graded by Professional Yoga Therapy Institute®.

Topics covered include:

  • Biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment and application
  • Interdisciplinary 10 Precept application and case study analysis
  • Yoga posture, breath, and meditation prescription using Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) methods (including mudras)

Clinical Objectives

  1. Apply the 10 MTY precepts to your clinical demographic and practice in order to increase clinical efficacy and safety of yoga prescription in healthcare and wellness care.
  2. Discuss the interrelationship of psychotherapy and rehabilitation in the clinical practice of MTY.
  3. List public health and clinical practice implications of MTY practice.
  4. Identify quantitative and qualitative characteristics of outcome measures used in Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT).
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the FMA algorithm in the context of evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription in clinical practice.
  6. Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge of indications and contraindications for practicing PYT Level I and II postures as prescriptive movement and/or manual therapy in medicine and rehabilitation.
  7. Critically analyze physical yoga movement and respiratory therapies and their modifications in a lab setting.
  8. Complete case studies via real time assessment with your peers using live models and/or case presentations.
  9. Integrate cardiorespiratory principles into rehab practice in a lab setting.
  10. Prescribe MTY sequences for individual and group-based therapy wellness and pathophysiological-based therapies.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of the guidelines to practice, teaching, manual cuing, and instruction in yoga postures, hand postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
  12. Integrate the scientific theories introduced in Modules 1-7 into practical clinical yoga prescription and practice.
  13. Describe the code of ethics for becoming a Professional Yoga Therapist.
  14. Practice the tenets of stabilization in the context of “pre-postures” and yoga postures as therapeutic exercise and intervention in an interactive lab setting.
  15. Practice evidence-based yoga to address multi-joint and systemic stabilization in an interactive lab setting.
  16. Verbalize the tenets of safe neural mobilization within professional yoga therapy (skilled, licensed care) practice.
  17. Identify how myofascial and neurovascular restriction can be addressed through medical therapeutic yoga.
  18. Utilizing current science, apply the 7 requisites for stabilization to standing postures aligned in the MTY method.
  19. Demonstrate 4 blanket-folding techniques for postural modification.
  20. Experience daily meditation and postural practice sequences.
  21. Synthesize yoga philosophy into current evidence-based clinical practice in order to construct plans of care for persons with complex medical histories.
  22. Complete business matrix analysis, including understanding legal documentation requirements for implementing business models for private or public integrated organizational medical practice.
  23. Understand coding and billing impact practices for licensed health care professionals who become Professional Yoga Therapists.
  24. Safely sequence and prescribe therapeutic yoga in realtime clinical environment(s) with your peers, using appropriate east/west medical terminology, and evidence based MTY methods.
  25. Safely prescribe and prescribe therapeutic yoga in an oral practical setting with your peers.
  26. Complete and pass a Mid-Term Examination to demonstrate educational competency and proficiency of the skills learned at Module 8/Yoga as Medicine I.

Target Audience

This course is for Licensed Health Professionals

Course Materials

Registrants will need to purchase Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Ginger Garner.  Suggested Canadian purchase site: Amazon.ca

Supplementary course information will be provided electronically prior to the course.


  • Registrant should have at least a basic knowledge of yoga.
  • Registrants should have completed online Modules 1 - 7 before attending Module 8. These modules are to be purchased separately from your module 8 registration fees.

How to purchase and access Modules 1-7 via Allied Health.

Allied Health Education (Modules 1-2) (US$55 - 2.5 Hours)

Allied Health Education (Modules 3 & 4) (US$55 - 2.5 Hours)

Allied Health Education (Module 5) (US$39 - 1.5 Hours)

Allied Health Education (Modules 6 & 7) (US$55 - 2.5 Hours)

These online modules have content comprehension quizzes.

Required Equipment and Texts

This equipment must be brought with you to the course, without exception, in order to complete the course.
• Yoga mat
• 2 sturdy, equal in size yoga blankets (Mexican blankets work best)
• Yoga belt/strap (quick release buckle is preferred)
• 2 yoga blocks
• Course text

Clinical Reasoning Through Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

Registration is NOW OPEN!

This course has an online component and in person weekend

Online Modules open one month prior to the in person weekend

In Person Sessions Location and Dates:  Dec 7-9, 2018

CBI Health Centre - Saskatoon Preston Centre
2100 8th Street East 
Suite 108 
Saskatoon, SK 

Registration: Friday at 5:45 pm

Hours of Course: Friday at 6:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Instructors: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Dueck, Richard Bourassa.  Online module on hand assessment by Cathy Sajtos

Registration Fees

$900.00 – early bird

$1000.00 - regular rate

Target Audience:  Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists, Chiropractors.

Course DescriptionThis course will prepare registrants to use clinical reasoning during functional capacity evaluation.

  • The online course modules will include:
    • · Introduction to FCE & the clinical reasoning course
    • · Instruction on relevant history-taking/interviewing for FCE
    • · Instruction on neuromusculoskeletal structural assessment
    • · Didactic sessions on testing material handling abilities, dexterity/gripping/handling abilities, positional tolerance abilities, effort testing, administering self-reported outcome measures and observing for symptom behavior
    • · Presentation from SK Workers’ Compensation Board will provide information & examples of what are referral source requirements for FCE report
  • The in-person clinical component will include:
    • · Practice in administering functional assessment components
    • · Data collection & observations with assistance and guidance from instructors
    • · Didactic lecture on FCE report writing, with participant interaction through analysis of recorded data & observations.  Participants will produce an FCE report.

In Person Course Schedule:


  • Introduction
  • Review, discussion & questions & practice of intake/history-taking process
  • Review of structural exam intent & necessary team communication
  • Review, discussion, questions & practice of Questionnaires/Perceived Disability
  • Review, discussion, questions, & practice on Material Handling, Positional Tolerance Testing & Dexterity/Gripping Assessment


  • Introduction - Q & A from day 1 components
  • Continued practice / administration on Material Handling, Positional Tolerance Testing & Dexterity/Gripping Assessment
  • Instruction on MET Testing, Job Simulation Testing, Repetitive Movement Testing (RMT) & Repeat Testing
  • Practice on MET Testing, Job Simulation Testing, Repetitive Movement Testing (RMT) & Repeat Testing


  • Introduction – Q & A from Day 2
  • Report Writing using Clinical Reasoning

Learning Objectives:

On completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Design and complete an initial FCE intake process, history and interview.
  • Understand required components of a structural exam, administer and interpret a structural assessment, and identify critical findings from a structural exam that should be communicated with the functional assessor.
  • Demonstrate the ability to record FCE findings in a systematic and consistent manner.
  • Evaluate and interpret client material handling ability.
  • Evaluate and interpret client dexterity/gripping/handling ability.
  • Evaluate and interpret client positional tolerance ability.
  • Complete and interpret a work simulation evaluation.
  • Evaluate and interpret client effort.
  • Describe strengths and weaknesses of different effort tests.
  • Discuss areas of debate in FCE administration
  • To be able to evaluate and interpret perceived disability and understand the relationship between the client’s pain, perceived disability and observed function.
  • Describe appropriate valid and reliable outcome measure tools to evaluate perceived functional or pain status.
  • Demonstrate in groups, selection of appropriate methods to assess perceived disability and understand scoring of the forms.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of MET testing, job simulation testing, repetitive movement testing and repeat testing.
  • Produce an FCE report that demonstrates clinical reasoning and connection between structural and functional assessments
Clinical Anatomy Update

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February 2019 (date tba)

Saskatoon, SK

Instructor: Soo Kim

Level 1 Challenge Exam Study Group

Registration is now closed!  To be added to a waitlist for the next session, email: cpte.program@usask.ca 

Level 1 National Orthopaedic Division Syllabus - Challenge Exam Study Group

Multiple Instructors

Facilitator: CPTE

Target Audience:  
1.  Primary:  Physical Therapists who plan to challenge the Level 1 exam in order to gain entry to the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy system.  Level 1 is a pre-requisite for all other courses in the syllabus. Proof of successful completion of the Level 1 Challenge Exam will be required for Level 2 syllabus courses.

2. Secondary:  Physical therapists who wish to review their theory and techniques at this level in preparation for writing the Intermediate or Advanced Examination for the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy.  

The Study Group will provide review coverage of the orthopaedic theory and clinical techniques required in preparation for writing the Level 1 Challenge Exam for the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy. Theory and clinical techniques manuals will be provided for those challenging the Level 1 Exam.  An opportunity to sit for the Level 1 exam in Saskatoon will be provided by CPTE in June 2018.

Independent Study:  Lectures hve been recorded and hosted on a permanent virtual classroom called Blackboard Learn at the Universitiy of Saskatchewan.  Registrants will be able to view the lectures on their own schedule.

Registration Fee: tba

Required Manuals 

$20.00 Theory Manual 1

$20.00 Level 1 Clinical Manual 

Total Registration fees = 

Exam: Date tba

The exam requires an application submission and fees paid to the National Orthopaedic Division.  This fee is NOT included in the registration fee.

NOTE:  Application deadline for the Level 1 Challenge Exam is tba.  

View the Candidates-Guide-to-Level-1-MCQ-ENGLISH.pdf 

View the I-III-exam-information-&-application-2017-tax-ENGLISH.

For more information, contact Kaely MacMillan at orthoexams@shaw.ca.

Sask OrthoDiv Pre-AGM Workshop

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April 26, 2019

Saskatoon, SK

Masters of Physical Therapy Knowledge Sharing Day

Please join us!

June 2018 - date tba

The School of Physical Therapy and CPTE invite you to attend the eighth annual Knowledge Sharing Day. This event marks the completion of the program for the MPT students and their transition from students to Health Care Professionals. 

Target Audience:  The target audience for this event is Master of Physical Therapy students, Academic and Clinical Faculty of the School of Physical Therapy, as well as Saskatchewan Physical Therapy clinicians.