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Physiotherapy Alberta

About Physiotherapy Alberta

While our name, Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association, is relatively new, we've been in the business of regulating the physiotherapy profession since 1985. At that time we were known as the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta. In 2010 our mandate expanded to include association services so we changed our name to better reflect the two services we provide.

College = our regulatory role
Physiotherapy in Alberta is a self-regulated profession. The College, established in legislation, is the organization responsible for regulating physiotherapist's pracice. 

Our mandate, first and foremost, is to protect the public interest. The public places the utmost trust in health-care providers. Patients and families expect safe and effective quality care. We share those expectations and work to ensure the right systems and processes are in place to support quality physiotherapy service delivery. We do this by:

  • Setting and enforcing practice and professional standards.
  • Registering only qualified and competent physiotherapists.
  • Administering a continuing competence program.
  • Investigating public and patient concerns.
  • Promoting and advocating excellence in physiotherapy and patient care.
  • Supporting member understanding of and adherence to their regulatory responsibilities.

We receive our authority from Alberta's Health Professions Act, Physical Therapists Profession Regulation and bylaws.

Association = member services role
We also provide leadership and direction to the profession and promote excellence in practice, education and research to improve the health and mobility of Albertans. We do this by:

  • Offering professional development opportunities.
  • Promoting the value of the profession through marketing and public relations activities.


The leadership team

We have a governing board called a council. Council is made up of:

  • Six physiotherapists elected by other physiotherapists.
  • Two government appointed public members who provide valuable and insightful public input and perspective into council’s policy and decision-making processes.
  • Student representatives from the physiotherapy program at the University of Alberta in a non-voting role.

Council’s role, in collaboration with staff, is to:

  • Fulfill our mandate to serve and protect Albertans by regulating the profession within the legal framework.
  • Lead and guide the profession through policy, standard and guideline development.

The rules that govern the internal operations of the organization are established in the bylaws.

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