Master of Science in Physical Therapy
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy is a twenty-four month professional program leading to entry to practice. Our MScPT Best Practices Curriculum is designed to integrate systems, research and internship components organized in twelve units to maximize educational principles. Graduates will be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Examination of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulatory Boards, which qualifies them to practice physical therapy in Canada. Graduates will be eligible to register in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Colleges of Physiotherapy in all Canadian provinces.
Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) Accreditation
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto has completed the accreditation review process administered by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). PEAC is an incorporated body under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and operates as the accrediting agency for physiotherapy education programs in Canada. The status of accreditation, fully compliant, was granted to the program on September 26, 2010 for the period until June 2, 2016.
A description of Accreditation Status – Fully Compliant follows. A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards:
- There are no deficiencies.
- There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon.
- Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC.
- If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary.
More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at PEAC.
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
Our MScPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, and our graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in the United States. The Class of 2016 (entering September 2014) will be the last class to be recognized as a CAPTE accredited program. Information on accreditation is also available on our FAQ page under “The U of T PT Program” section.
Master of Science in Physical Therapy Advanced Standing Option
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy Advanced Standing Option is a professional graduate degree program that allows eligible physical therapists who are currently registered for independent practice with their provincial regulating body in Canada and who have completed an appropriate Bachelor degree in physiotherapy to acquire the entry-to-practice degree. This program is offered on a part-time basis in an online, learning environment with one on-campus residency. Themes of research, business, and professional practices are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students complete a group research project during this one-year program.
Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapists Bridging (OIEPB) Program
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto is the host site for the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapists Bridging (OIEPB) Program. The Bridging Program is designed to provide educational opportunities for physical therapists educated outside of Canada, who already possess specified qualifications, to develop the additional knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning required to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards. The Bridging Program provides cultural and workplace orientation to facilitate success in the workplace.
Doctoral Stream Programs
Department of Physical Therapy Faculty supervise thesis-based MSc and PhD students through the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI) and other departments at the University of Toronto. Consult the RSI website or contact individual faculty members for more information.