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OT and PT students participating in interprofessional case study discussion.
From left to right: Nathanael Tsang, Karen O'Neil, Prof. Randy Booth, Moragh MacKenzie, Bushra Bayan, Christine Creelman, Emma Plater. © Queen's University


Physical Therapy Students complete five clinical placements, each 6 weeks long.

By the end of the Program, the PT students must have completed 1025-1200 hours total in the following:

1 Acute/Hospital placement
1 Rehabilitation/Long Term Care placement
2 Community/Ambulatory placements
1 Elective placement

In addition, each student must acquire significant experience in each of the following essential areas of practice:

  1. Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
  2. Neurological conditions
  3. Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Significant experience in each area may be gained during one clinical placement, or through components of multiple placements.
  • A minimum of 100 hours should be completed in each of the essential areas of practice (msk, cardio resp, and neuro)
  • Hours of experience in cardio-respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological will be accumulated and recorded across the 5 clinical placements using the Clinical Competency Checklist and Placement History Tracking Sheet. 


Occupational Therapy Students complete three clinical placements, each 8 weeks long and one community development placement (185 hours).

By the end of the program, the OT students must have successfully completed the following:

Mental Health 1 placement

** for the other 2 placements the student is exposed to various areas of occupational therapy practice. The program encourages students to develop their skills in a variety practice settings/contexts.

The School is able to support a variety of different models for clinical placements.

1:1 One student and one therapist
1:2 One student and two therapists (sharing the supervisory role); this may also be supported between two sites
2:1 Two students supervised by one therapist
Part time Placement dates can vary

Our fieldwork coordinator(s) or academic coordinator(s) of clinical education are interested to assist you to support clinical learning at your site.