Does Physiotherapy Alberta have a list of 'approved' education programs?
No. Physiotherapy Alberta no longer maintains a list of approved spinal manipulation or needling programs. Instead, members may now select the education program that meets their specific needs provided it includes as part of the curriculum: theory, practice, safety instruction (if it is a needling program) and final evaluation. It is your responsibility to determine if the course curriculum include these components.
I just enrolled in a needling program. Can I start to use the techniques I learn in the program immediately or do I need to wait until I complete the program and receive authorization to independently use needles?
If you are registered on the General Register you may use the techniques taught in the program PROVIDED:
- You only perform the techniques under the supervision of another physiotherapist who is authorized.
- You adhere to the supervision requirements outlined in the legislation which requires the supervising physiotherapist to be present so they are able to observe and promptly intervene (i.e., stop or change actions) if required.
The same rules apply for spinal manipulation.
Can I take a spinal manipulation course while on the Provisional Register?
No. To use a deliberate, brief, fast thrust to move the joints of the spine beyond the normal range but within the anatomical range of motion, which generally results in an audible click or pop is a restricted activity in Alberta and can only be performed by a physiotherapist on the General Register.
While you are on the Provisional Register you may not perform this restricted activity even in a course setting which would restrict you from participating in any practical components involving another individual. The legislation does not restrict you from taking theory components or practice on inanimate objects.
The same applies for use of needles.
PracID & Diagnostic Imaging
What is a PracID, (and what is it not)?
A Practitioner Identification Number, commonly referred to as a PracID, is a registration number assigned by Alberta Health.
Although you need a PracID to be able to order diagnostic imaging, a PracID does not grant you authorization to order these tests, nor does it enable you to be reimbursed for physiotherapy services through Alberta Health.
Why would I want a PracID?
The purpose of a PracID is to enable claim payments and patient referrals. Physiotherapists use PracIDs to refer patients to physicians for major and minor consultations, enabling the physician to be paid for the consultation. In the case of diagnostic imaging, the use of the PracID enables reimbursement for Diagnostic Imaging services provided.
Without the use of a PracID your referral may not be accepted.
Who can apply for a PracID?
Members of several regulated health professions including physicians, physiotherapists, dentists and pharmacists (among others) may apply for a PracID from Alberta Health.
Does this replace my Physiotherapy Alberta registration number?
NO. Nothing replaces your registration number. Your registration number authorizes you to practice physiotherapy in the Province of Alberta, without this you cannot make use of a PracID for any purpose.
If I have a PracID can I automatically order diagnostic imaging?
No. Only clinicians with authorization to order diagnostic imaging may do so. In order to be authorized the clinician needs to be on the General Register, have 5 years of physiotherapy experience in Canada, completed and passed required course work, and understand the Standard of Practice: Performance of Restricted Activities.
Physiotherapists with authorization must only make use of their authorization to order diagnostic imaging within the scope of practice of physiotherapy, and must only order imaging for their own patients.
How can I apply for a PracID?
Complete the application form and send it to Alberta Health at the address on the form.