A Career in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is a professional health care discipline directed primarily towards the prevention or alleviation of movement dysfunction in people.
A physiotherapist is a university graduate of an accredited physiotherapy program, who is qualiﬁed to:
- establish a physical diagnosis and determine a client's movement potential;
- plan and implement physiotherapy treatment programs, using specialized knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and hands-on techniques for the prevention and treatment of movement dysfunction; and:
- undertake related professional activities such as research, teaching, administration and consultation.
Movement dysfunction is any alteration in normal body kinetics that limits effective or efﬁcient body performance. Movement dysfunction may be due to pain, congenital anomalies, disease processes, accident or injury, enforced inactivity, problems secondary to aging, or psychological or social stress. The dysfunction may be manifested in actual or potential impairment related to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, respiratory or cardiovascular systems.
Current Employment Opportunities
To view PABC's job board, go to Current Jobs.
Internationally Educated Physiotherapists
For students and prospective students educated internationally, PABC has developed a step-by-step list of the process to become a physiotherapist in Canada. To access this document, click here:
You can also visit the Canadian Physiotherapy Association website's Self Assessment Tool to learn what you should know and do if you are interested in working as an internationally-educated physiotherapist in BC. It outlines the knowledge and skills that one must have to practise their profession effectively in BC: