Student Preparation


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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid

Students must submit proof of valid certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) Level HCP (Health Care Provider) or equivalent. The course must include artificial breathing and bagging/balloon mask, and adult, child and infant training.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact one of the CPR/First Aid course providers (e.g. Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance, Heart and Stroke Foundation...), to register and pay the registration fees.

Security (Criminal Records) Checks

At the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, all students in the professional masters program must complete a self-declaration affidavit with respect to their criminal background during the first clinical seminar. In addition, affiliated teaching institutions may require students to complete an additional self-declaration and/or complete a police background criminal record check before commencing a clinical practicum course. (see e-fieldwork for more information about this)

Language Requirements

Working knowledge of both languages is important for students who will be working in clinical affiliations throughout the province of Québec.

The required minimum level of French language competency is NCLC 6 for all domains (compréhension de l'oral; expression orale; compréhension de l'écrit; expression écrite). This level is based on the clinical communication competencies that you will exercise during your four clinical courses, which include: listening to a client, patient or their family describe the reason for consulting and asking questions to learn more; explaining a condition in formal and informal terms so a client can understand; speaking with other healthcare professionals (such as doctors, nurses) about cases, often in a fast-paced or high-stakes environment in-person or on the phone, and writing notes in a file that are clear to other professionals.

English and French Language Classes to Improve Proficiency 

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