If your children are interested in becoming physiotherapists, or you would like to know how you can help prepare them for a career in physiotherapy, there are 3 things you need to know:
- Engage in an active lifestyle. Exercise is a key component in physiotherapy, both in our assessments and treatments. That’s why having an in-depth first-hand experience in sports would help your children get an idea of how the human body moves in space (i.e. biomechanics) and how the human body functions during exercise (i.e. human physiology). An active lifestyle is often mentioned in health promotion and disease/injury prevention, which are also two areas where physiotherapists have an important role in.
- Gain physiotherapy-related experience. Physiotherapy-related experience can be from employment and/or volunteering. Becoming a student volunteer at a hospital is a very good way to start gaining experience in the medical field. The entry-level physiotherapy programs offered in Canada often require professional references from a supervisor in either a volunteer or employment setting.
- Choose physiotherapy-related courses. As of 2015, the entry-level degree in physiotherapy is a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in most disciplines are able to apply to the entry-level physiotherapy program offered by a number of universities in Canada, but most students entering the program have some kind of a science background. Some undergraduate courses are required courses and they are human physiology, human anatomy, life/physical sciences, social sciences, statistics and research.
Richard Kung, Registered Physiotherapist
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology)