The jurisprudence module evaluates a physiotherapist's understanding and application of the rules governing their practice in Alberta.


Module 6 consists of 60 multiple choice questions based on 20 Standards of Practice. Some of the questions relate to case-based practice scenarios while others are stand alone questions. Some questions test knowledge while others test application and critical thinking.

The pass score is 68% or 41/60.

Standards of Practice:

  1. Advertising
  2. Client Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention
  3. Client-centred Care
  4. Collaborative Practice
  5. Communication
  6. Competence
  7. Conflict of Interest
  8. Consent
  9. Documentation and Record Keeping
  10. Evidence-informed Practice
  11. Fees and Billing
  12. Infection Control
  13. Legislative Responsibility
  14. Privacy and Confidentiality
  15. Professional Boundaries
  16. Quality Improvement
  17. Risk Management
  18. Safety
  19. Supervision
  20. Use of Title

Three sample questions to give you an idea what to expect.

Sample Question 1

A patient presents for shockwave treatment of chronic bilateral plantar fasciitis. The physiotherapist assesses and determines that shockwave therapy is indicated, and provides the patient with a brochure outlining the fees for shockwave. In the first treatment session both feet are treated. When the patient receives the clinic’s invoice, they become upset and complain to the physiotherapist threatening to take the matter to the physiotherapy regulatory college. The clinic manager intervenes, checks the College’s standards and agrees to refund half the billed amount. Which statement provides the best rationale for the manager providing the refund given the circumstances?

  1. The fee schedule did not specify whether the listed fees were for the provision of the modality itself or for its application to an individual body segment.
  2.  The radial shockwave therapy treatment was not provided safely and effectively because the patient's foot pain persisted after that first treatment. 
  3. The performance of radial shockwave is a restricted activity and the physiotherapist delivering shockwave was not authorized by the College.
  4. Alternatve treatments and their risks and benefits were explained prior to delivering the radial shockwave treatment.

Cognitive Level: Application
Standard of Practice: Fees and Billing

Sample Question 2

The physiotherapist receives a new referral to see a patient who is in isolation. As the physiotherapist approaches the patient room, they notice that the patient appears to be in respiratory distress and requires immediate airway clearance. Which of the following should the physiotherapist do?

  1. Call for help, then when help arrives, quickly enter the room to provide them with assistance and support.
  2.  Enter the room quickly, then put on a gown, gloves and a mask and provide respiratory care and support.
  3.  Call for help, quickly put on a gown, mask, and gloves, enter the room to provide respiratory care and support.
  4.  Call for help, wait for their arrival and allow them to provide all of the respiratory care and support.

Cognitive Level: Critical Thinking
Standard of Practice: Safety

Sample Question 3

A physiotherapist is responsible for triaging patients recently discharged from the hospital for outpatient physiotherapy services. There is a long waiting list because there are staff shortages and a high demand for services. Correctly triaging and prioritizing patients is paramount.

The physiotherapist must report to the regulatory college their work on the triage waiting list management project. Using the College practice standards as a reference, which term and explanation most accurately describes the physiotherapist's work on the triage waitlist project?

  1. Risk Management, because the project accesses and applies relevant information to improve patient care and the delivery of physiotherapy services.
  2. Patient-Centred Experience, because the project uses shared leadership and conflict resolution strategies to optimize effective patient care
  3. Quality Improvement, because the project includes the evaluation, development, and implementation of improved physiotherapy services to enhance patient care.
  4. Quality Assurance, because the project communicates with patients to explain the care plan and facilitate their consent to physiotherapy services available in the practice setting.

Cognitive Level: Knowledge/Comprehension
Standard: Quality Improvement

Access the Module

  • Go to:
  • Obtain your password using the ‘Forgot your username or password’ function and the email address on record with Physiotherapy Alberta
  • Your user name is your registration number

Complete the Module

  • To prepare for completing the module, read the Standards of Practice and the resources to help you meet the practice standards. 
  • You are encouraged to discuss and work collaboratively with colleagues to prepare for completing the module, however, you must complete and submit your own answers.
  • If you are a member on the General Register, you need to complete the jurisprudence module before September 30, 2017 but it is not necessary to do so before renewing your practice permit.
  • You may login and out of the testing site as frequently as required. 
  • Submit the module for grading once you've answered all the questions. You will immediately receive your score and question results. Take a few minutes to review your results as you are only shown questions and answers immediately after taking the module. Your score, however, is available at anytime by logging back into the  testing site.
  • You have two opportunities to submit your responses and successfully complete the module.
  • If you plan to cancel your registration October 1, 2017, you are still encouraged to complete the module before September 30, 2017. If you do not, you will need to complete it before reinstating your registration at a later date. See Program Rule #5.

Rules for Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association's continuing competence program are required under the Physical Therapists Profession Regulation. Rules address various parameters for a program including details on program requirements and member selection.

  1. Competence assessment includes assessment using an internet-based, multiple choice question jurisprudence module evaluating a member’s knowledge and application of legislation, standards and code of ethics relevant to physiotherapy practice in Alberta.
  2. Effective November 2011, members on the general register are required to successfully complete the jurisprudence module prior to the next permit renewal.
  3. Thereafter, members on the general register must successfully complete the jurisprudence module once every five year period or when new Standards of Practice are introduced.
  4. New registrants must complete the jurisprudence module at the first available administration of the module after initial registration.
  5. Members slated to complete the jurisprudence module that cancel their permit during the period they would have been required to complete the module are considered to have not met the continuing competence program competence assessment requirements and are required to successfully complete the module prior to being issued another practice permit.
  6. Members have two opportunities for successful completion of the jurisprudence module before being referred for remediation.
  7. Members must complete remediation after which the member may attempt the jurisprudence module a third time.
  8. Members unsuccessful after three attempts of any one jurisprudence module are deemed to have not met the continuing competence program requirements and are referred to the Registrar (i.e., non-compliance).
  9. Members who request a deferral due to unforeseen circumstances or have special needs must provide the request in writing including evidence to support the request to the Registrar.
  10. Members must submit responses as an individual but are encouraged to discuss and work collaboratively with colleagues to prepare for submission.
  11. Members are referred to the Complaints Director if they are believed to have:
  • intentionally provided false or misleading information
  • copied and shared questions, provided questions or answers or accepted questions or answers from another person
  • copied and shared module questions, provided questions or answers to or accepted questions or answers from another person outside of collaborating in discussion of module questions
  • completed the module for someone else
  • requested that another member complete the module on their behalf (except for those with special needs)
  1. Successful completion of the module is considered to be a pass determined by a psychometrically accepted approach.
  2. The pass score for each module is posted on the Physiotherapy Alberta website.