Physical Therapy

FAQs

The FAQ sections below provide responses to our most commonly asked questions. All applicants should review the How to Apply page for full application details.


Applying

When can you apply to the physical therapy program at U of T?
Applications are generally available on the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS) website by mid-October of each year.

How can I apply to the physical therapy program?
Applications are available from ORPAS,  a division of the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Visit ORPAS and click on the ORPAS Online Application link.

What will the GPA cutoff for this year be?
The GPA cutoff has been in the A- range for the past several years. However, since we base the exact cutoff on the applicant pool, we are unable to determine the exact cutoff until after the application cycle has closed. You can check out our statistics on previous application years for historical data.

Can I check the GPA ORPAS has calculated on my behalf?
Starting in February, after receiving the application and all of the official transcripts, ORPAS will perform an item-by-item review, comparing all courses on the academic record against the official university transcripts. After this review, applicants will receive a Verification Report indicating the data collected by ORPAS. These reports are sent beginning in February and summarize what transcripts and Confidential Assessment Forms have been received. If applicants have any questions about the verification of the academic records, they should write immediately to ORPAS at orpas@ouac.on.ca. It is your responsibility to check this report and contact ORPAS if there are any discrepancies. Please keep in mind that if you have foreign exchange courses, graduate level courses, or were educated outside of North America, the PT Department will perform a manual GPA calculation.

Who marks the CAP exam?
Each exam is marked by three individuals: a professor, a current PT student, and a PT clinician. Evaluators are given a marking template to follow. The scores from the three evalulators are averaged together to determine the final CAP score.

How do you select who receives an offer to join the program?
Enrolment selection is based on a combination of CAP exam score weighted at 40% and GPA weighted at 60%, along with a file review.

I missed the deadline! Can you reopen the application for me?
No. Applicants are expected to be fully aware of  all important dates and deadlines.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?
No.

Is there a January start date for new students?
No. The program begins only in September every year.

Is it possible to transfer into physical therapy at U of T from another PT  program?
Because of the unique structure of our curriculum, transfers are not possible into this program.

What kind of students are you looking for?
We look for a wide range of well-rounded students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals who are self-confident, strong leaders, and who have strong problem-solving abilities will flourish in this program and will find this program a good fit. We accept applications from individuals with a disability or of aboriginal descent as well as those who hold graduate degrees.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, email physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


GPA & Admissions

What university grades are required?
This varies from year to year, however an A- average over your last 20 half-courses is generally competitive. See our admission statistics table for full details.

How is GPA calculated? 
We will consider your last 20 half-courses completed by December 31 of the application year, starting with the Fall session of your current academic year and working backwards. Due to the discrepancy in grade reporting across universities, in order to capture 20 half-courses, the GPA must be calculated based on yearly versus term marks. Thus, where grades must be extracted from a year to achieve the equivalent of 20 half courses, the average of that entire year (including both the fall and winter terms) will be used. All calculations are based on the Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table provided by ORPAS.

I am currently in my fourth year, and by December 31 I will have completed 15 half courses throughout my third and fourth years. How will you decide which courses to use from my second year?
We will count the 15 half courses from third year and the fall term of fourth year, plus we will take the average from your entire second year (fall and winter terms) and use that average for the five half outstanding courses.  So, if you have a 3.54 average in second year overall, and we need five half credits from your second year, it’s like you received a 3.54 in five half courses. Note that this example can be applied to any academic year – if you took a fifth year, then the above example is exactly the same, except we would be taking the average from your third year instead of your second year.

Will summer or distance education courses be counted in GPA? 
Yes, as long as they are at the university level.

Will my summer courses be counted separately or as part of my fall/winter average?
If you took eight courses or more in the preceding fall/winter terms, summer courses are counted as their own average.

If you took seven courses or fewer in the preceding fall/winter terms, your summer courses are combined with your preceding fall/winter courses for one total average. For example, if you took seven courses in your second year, and then one course the following summer, the seven courses in second year and the one course in the summer would be added together for one weighted average.

Is the GPA average from my transcript the same as the ORPAS GPA?
Not necessarily. When calculating GPA, always use the  Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table provided by ORPAS. Each grade counted within the calculation should be converted to a number on the 4.0 scale, and the average should be taken from those translated figures.

I’m in fourth year and am applying for PT this year. Will my fall marks be counted within my GPA?
Yes. We count all courses completed by December 31 of the application year. For example, for the 2014 cycle, we will count courses completed by December 31, 2013.

But how will you receive my Fall marks?
If you are from an Ontario university, you should be using the Electronic Transcript Request form that is built into the ORPAS application.  You will be asked if you have graduated or if you are currently in school. Be sure to check the “currently in school” option. This will ensure that your transcript is sent to ORPAS after your Fall marks are in the system. If you are from a university outside of Ontario, you have until late January to send a final transcript directly to ORPAS. Check  our important dates page for exact deadlines.

Can I check the GPA ORPAS has calculated on my behalf?
Starting in February, after receiving the application and all of the official transcripts, ORPAS will perform an item-by-item review, comparing all courses on the academic record against the official university transcripts. After this review, applicants will receive a Verification Report indicating the data collected by ORPAS. These reports are sent beginning in February and summarize what transcripts and Confidential Assessment Forms have been received. If applicants have any questions about the verification of the academic records, they should write immediately to ORPAS at orpas@ouac.on.ca. It is your responsibility to check this report and contact ORPAS if there are any discrepancies. Please keep in mind that if you have foreign exchange courses, graduate level courses, or were educated outside of North America, the PT Department will perform a manual GPA calculation.

I’m a graduate student. How will my be application considered?
Graduate applications are generally considered in the exact same manner as undergraduate applicants. The major difference is that the department must manually calculate all graduate level coursework to update your GPA ranking. While you should include your graduate program in the ORPAS application and send a graduate transcript to ORPAS, ORPAS does not calculate grades for graduate programs.

Is there a specific undergraduate program that is most suitable for admission to the PT program?
No. Applicants with a degree in almost any discipline are encouraged to apply. All programs are treated equally in the evaluation process.

But there must be a program that will best prepare me for PT!
We find that most of our students entering our program have a science background of some kind.  Specifically we receive many applications from Kinesiology, Biology, and Medical Science students.

What does “in almost any discipline” mean?
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) mandates that all applicants must have a degree with at least 75% liberal arts and science content. Generally, most degree level programs meet this requirement. However, certain programs such as degrees in the fine arts (e.g. dance, art, music, etc.) with practical components (e.g. studio, rehearsal, practice etc.) or theological degrees may not meet the 75% requirement. History courses in these subjects would normally be counted. If you are interested in applying to PT and you have this type of degree, we recommend that you take extra senior level (3rd and 4th year) liberal arts and science courses to demonstrate your readiness and fit for our program. There are exceptions so please consult with physther.facmed@utoronto.ca if you are unsure.

Do I have to carry a full-course load every year to be eligible to apply?
No.

How are pass/fail or activity courses treated?
Pass/fail courses or activity courses (e.g. Yoga, badminton, etc.) are not counted toward your GPA.

Can I email you my transcript for you to check how competitive my application is?
No. Due to the number of applications we receive and the  resources we have, it is not possible to pre-screen applications. Applications (including transcripts) are only reviewed when we receive an official application through ORPAS. However, you can check the competitiveness of your application yourself by calculating your GPA. Use the Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table provided by ORPAS. Each grade counted within the calculation should be converted to a number on the 4.0 scale, and the average should be taken from those translated figures.

Will the Physiotherapy Assistant diploma I completed at a College be counted within my GPA?
No. We do not count any college level diploma courses. However the content learned throughout certain college programs may provide you with some foundation knowledge relevant to our program.

I completed a College level Bachelor degree program. Can I apply to PT?
Yes. We will consider these degrees only if the degree is completed in full (or will be completed in full by our June 30 deadline) and provides appropriate scholarly preparation. A strong foundation in arts and science coursework is normally seen as a good indicator of appropriate preparation. However, applicants should keep in mind that they will be competing against students with university level bachelor degrees.

I completed a three year Bachelor degree program. Can I apply to PT?
Yes.  Applicants should keep in mind that they will be competing against students with four year university level bachelor degrees.

I completed a Consecutive Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree after I finished my initial Bachelor degree. Will these marks count towards my GPA?
No, we do not count Consecutive Bachelor of Education (BEd) undergraduate degree courses.

I’m graduating from my undergraduate program in the fall, after your June 30 deadline. Can I still apply?
No. Applicants must be able to forward a final transcript showing the degree has been conferred by June 30, prior to the September start date. Applicants not able to meet this requirement are advised to apply in the following year.

I need to complete some prerequisite courses in the summer, after your June 30 deadline. Can I still apply?
No. Applicants must be able to forward a final transcript showing the completion of all prerequisite courses by June 30, prior to the September start date. Applicants not able to meet this requirement are advised to apply in the following year.

I didn’t do so well in a course, so I took it again and earned a better mark. Will you take the higher mark?
It depends. If a course is repeated, and both the original course and the repeated course are within the last 20 half courses, then the grades from both courses will be included in the GPA calculation. If you did poorly in a course in first year and then took it again in fourth year, then only the fourth year mark would count towards your GPA.

What kind of students are you looking for?
We look for a wide range of well-rounded students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals who are self-confident, strong leaders, and who have strong problem-solving abilities will flourish in this program and will find this program a good fit. We accept applications from individuals with a disability or of aboriginal descent as well as those who hold graduate degrees.

Do I need to take the MCAT or GRE?
No.

Are international students (e.g. students in Canada with a study visa) eligible for your program?
No. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.  This means that the last day you are able to update your status is the application deadline.

But I should get my permanent residency by June, and the program doesn’t start until September.
Obtaining permanent residency can be a long and complex process. In order to ensure that our class is filled with eligible candidates, we are not able to make exceptions to this rule. All applicants must have residency or Canadian citizenship by the application deadline.

I was educated in a language other than English or French. Can I take the IELTS instead of the TOEFL?
No. We only accept the TOEFL or the Academic English course offered by U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. For the minimum scores required, visit the English Proficiency Requirement section within our How to Apply page.

I am an internationally trained physical therapist/physiotherapist. Can I apply to this program?
No.  Our MScPT is a direct entry to practice degree meant for applicants who have no physical therapy training. For information on obtaining a license to practice in Ontario, review the Physiotherapist Career Map created by the Ontario government.  We also offer a Bridging Program, 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.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


Prerequisites

What are the required prerequisite courses?
Applicants are required to complete one full-course or two-half courses in Human/ Vertebrate Physiology, one full-course or two-half courses in Life and/or Physical Sciences, one full-course or two half-courses in Social Sciences and/or Humanities and/or Languages, and one-half course in Statistics or Research Methods.

Can prerequisites be in progress at the time of application?
Yes, as long as they are completed no later than May 31. We normally need a final transcript showing completion of degree and all prerequisites by June 30.

What are Human/Vertebrate Physiology courses?
Human Physiology is the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts. The course should cover the principles of human/mammalian physiology including the living cell, the internal environment; neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism; reproduction; and homeostasis. You can find equivalent human physiology courses at our Prerequisite Verification page.

Can I use a plant or plant/human physiology course?
No.

What are Life and/or Physical Science courses?
Life science is the study of living things.  Examples include Biology, Zoology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Basic Medical Sciences, Pathology, Psychology, etc. Physical Science involves the study of non-living systems. Examples include chemistry, physics, geology, geography, etc.

What are Social Sciences and/or Humanities and/or Languages courses?
Social science is the scientific study of human society and social relationships. Examples include Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, etc. Humanities are academic disciplines which study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative. Examples include History, Religion, Philosophy, Classics, Literature/English, etc. Languages involve the study of spoken or written communication. Examples include the study of specific languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, etc.

What are Statistics or Research Methods courses?
Statistics is the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities. Research Methods is the systematic investigation to evaluate data. You can find equivalent statistics and research methods courses at our Prerequisite Verification page.

Where do Psychology courses fit?
We will accept psychology courses as either a Life Science course or a Social Science course.

I completed my prerequisite courses more than seven years ago. Do I need to take them again?
Yes, they should be taken again. Prerequisite courses must be completed within the last seven years. For example, for the 2014 admission cycle, prerequisite courses must be completed between September 2007 and May 31, 2014.

Can I combine two half courses in different disciplines to satisfy one prerequisite area?
Yes.  For example, within the Life and/or Physical Science prerequisite, it is acceptable to complete one half-course equivalent in anatomy and one half-course equivalent in chemistry. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any University provided the level of education is equivalent to or on par with the courses at the University of Toronto.

I did better in a third year KIN course that I think fits the Life Science category than I did in my basic biology course. Should I include the KIN course on the prerequisite form instead?
No.  Use the basic biology course, as it likely meets our criteria the best.  Grades you received in your prerequisite courses will not be counted as part of the GPA calculation unless they are within the last 20 half credits completed.

What does a full course equivalent mean at my school?
Universities across Canada often use different credit systems. Typically, a full course at U of T is equivalent to six credits (a full year course or two semester course), and half courses are worth three credits (half-year course or one semester course).

Can university web-based courses or distance education courses be used to satisfy the prerequisites?
Yes, this is acceptable, provided this courses was taken at a recognized university. These courses must be considered equivalent to a regular degree level course. Some schools offer both degree level courses and non-degree level courses. Always check with the registrar at the particular school you are attending to verify that these courses are degree level, even if they are not technically part of a specific degree.

I completed my prerequisites at the college level. Is this acceptable?
Prerequisites completed at the college level will only be accepted if they have been transferred to the university transcript with equivalent courses and grades (or pass/fail). For example, Physiology 101 at college X is Physiology 1060 at university Y. It must be clear that the transferred course covered the required content, and it cannot be lumped together as a batch of transfer credits.  These transfer credits can be listed with a grade or as pass/fail, however they will not be counted as part of the GPA calculation if they are listed as pass/fail.

How do I know if my prerequisite courses are equivalent to U of T courses?
You can verify that your human/vertebrate physiology and statistics/research methods courses will be accepted by visiting our Prerequisite Verification page. We do not list Life/Physical Science courses or Social Science and/or Humanities and/or Languages courses because these categories are very broad and encompass hundreds of possible choices.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


Non-Academic Requirements

Who should be my reference?
We require one academic reference and one professional reference. Both referees should be individuals who can address your aptitude for studies in a health profession. Referees should also have direct knowledge of the applicant and are in a position to reasonably make statements concerning the applicant’s character, communication and academic capabilities, and special circumstances if applicable. Additionally, the academic reference must be from the university level, such as a professor or course instructor. A common example of a professional reference is a supervisor in either a volunteer or employment setting.

Does my referee need to include a letter in addition to the ORPAS Confidential Assessment Form?
Yes. Instructions on what to include in the letter are on the ORPAS Confidential Assessment Form. Referees should write this accompanying letter on university/official stationary.

What is the Computer Administered Profile (CAP)?
The CAP is a written examination held at the University of Toronto. Approximately 350 of the top applicants (ranked primarily by GPA) are invited to this stage of the process. process.  The exam is two hour and features a series of short and long answer questions. The CAP is not a personal profile nor is it an MCAT-type exam that you can study for, rather it is designed to assess personal characteristics and attributes, life experiences, knowledge of the profession, and critical thinking/problem-solving skills. Typical questions will explore understanding of the profession and ability to problem solve.

When is the CAP?
Dates for the CAP are set in September of every academic year. You can find this information on our Important Dates page.

I know I will have a conflict with the Saturday CAP date. What can I do?
In order to accommodate religious observances and special requirements there will be a secondary CAP date, usually the Wednesday prior to the Saturday date. See our  Important Dates page for exact dates. Upon receiving a letter of invitation to the CAP a written request with supporting documentation will be required to accommodate the request for the alternative date. We will deal with these requests only after a CAP invitation is extended to you. Once a CAP invitation has been received, then you should email ptstudent.services@utoronto.ca to start the process.

I have an arrangement with my school’s Accessibility Services where I receive extra time to write exams. Can I set up the same thing for the CAP exam?
In order to accommodate special requirements we require supporting documentation (typically a letter from your Accessibility Counsellor) that outlines your current arrangement. We will deal with these requests only after a CAP invitation is extended to you. Once a CAP invitation has been received, then you should email ptstudent.services@utoronto.ca to start the process.

I live in BC. Can I write the CAP off-site?
No. All applicants are expected to travel to Toronto for the CAP.

Is there anything I can do to improve my CAP?
Yes, do more research about physical therapy (PT) so you can demonstrate a clearer understanding of what PT is about and why you are suited for the profession over another health profession. You should investigate PT thoroughly and be sure you know about its many different roles and breadth of the profession. Visit a variety of facilities to observe different practice settings and client populations, and observe how PT varies from setting to setting.  You can find a plethora of PT sites online, including the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. Your university career centre may also have information. Be sure that the information you gather is up-to-date.

Are marks considered more important than the CAP?
Both are included in your aggregate admission score. Enrolment selection is based on a combination of CAP exam score weighted at 40% and GPA weighted at 60%.

Is volunteer work in a health care setting required?
No, but it is strongly recommended. Keep in mind that the only place for you to include such information is on the CAP. We do not collect any information on extracurricular activities or work experience within the ORPAS application.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections. If you still need help, e-mail  physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


Upgrading Courses/GPA

I need to increase my GPA to be more competitive in the application process. What should I do?
Any upgrades completed should be at the senior (3rd or 4th year) level, unless they are prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses are permitted to be at the 1st and 2nd year level. We also recommend that applicants take courses in the life sciences/social sciences/humanities, as these subjects are most relevant to the PT program.

I didn’t do so well in a course, so I took it again and earned a better mark. Will you take the higher mark?
It depends. When calculating GPA, we will include your last 20 half credits, regardless if there are any repeats. If the same course appears twice in the last 20 half credits, then it will be counted twice (including the low mark and the high mark). If you did poorly in a course in first year and then took it again in fourth year, then only the fourth year mark would count towards your GPA.

I completed a chiropractic diploma, will those marks be counted towards my GPA?
No. Marks from programs leading to Chiropractic, Naturopathic or Homeopathic diplomas are not included in the GPA calculation.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


The PT Profession

What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is a professional health discipline directed towards the prevention or alleviation of movement dysfunction, and towards the enhancement of physical capacity. The ultimate goal of Physical Therapy is to assist the client/patient to achieve the highest possible level of independent function. Exercise, therapeutic modalities and consultative strategies are used to maximize function. In addition, physical therapists educate their patients and the community about the prevention of disabilities and promotion of health.

What is the professional status of Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapists are health professionals and are regulated by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

Once I complete the PT program, can I start practicing right away? 
No. PTs require a license to practice in all provinces and terroritories. Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy program at U of T, graduates may apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to take this examination. To practice in another country, it is generally necessary to pass the licensing examination of that country/state.

What is the license examination like?
The exam is referred to as the Physiotherapy Competence Examination (PCE) and is administered by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, which includes both written and clinical components.

Is the exam free?
No. The PT Alliance charges a fee for administering the exam.  For current fees, visit the PT Alliance handbook page and view the most current version of the handbook.

Is the PT program accredited?
Yes. The Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) at the University of Toronto is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC), 509 Commissioners Road West, Suite 26, London, ON N6J 1Y5; telephone: 250-494-0677; email: info@peac-aepc.ca. Our PEAC accreditation was granted for the period of 2010-2016.

Additionally, the Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) at the University of Toronto is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, USA; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. Our CAPTE accreditation was granted  for the period of 2006 to December 31, 2016. The Class of 2016 (entering September 2014) will be the last class to be recognized as a CAPTE accredited program.

Is Physical Therapy the same as Occupational Therapy?
No. An Occupational Therapist is a health professional who works with people of all ages and conditions to help them lead satisfying and productive lives. Physical Therapists assist people with various physical disorders to overcome barriers to physical performance. The work of physical therapists’ focuses on decreasing the impact of disability and enhancing quality of life.

What’s the job market like in Physical Therapy?
The job market continues to be good. With the shift in health care from hospital to the community and private sectors, Physical Therapists are finding work today in many different settings.

Are all the jobs in hospitals?
No. Physical Therapists work in rehabilitation clinics, in home care programs, in community health centres/day hospitals, in schools, the workplace, and in various private practice settings. Physical Therapists are increasingly finding jobs as consultants and administrators, getting involved in research, and teaching in universities.

What does a new graduate earn?
Starting salary in Ontario begins around $50,000. Therapists in senior clinical positions between $55,000 – $60,000 and those at higher levels (e.g., administrators or educators) earn considerably more.

What’s the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Physical Therapist?
Nothing. The phrases are synonymous.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


The U of T PT Program

What types of clinical sites are affiliated with your program?
There are over 165 exemplary and diverse clinical sites associated with the Department. They are acute general hospitals, long term care facilities, paediatric centres, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation centres, community care access centres, community services, northern sites, industry, private practices and administrative services.

What is your catchment area?
 Our clinical education sites are located within the Greater Toronto Area and include Oakville in the west, Ajax/Pickering in the east and Barrie in the most northern area of the catchment. Our Clinical Partners page has a full listing of all affiliated sites.

What is the curriculum like?
We utilized evidence-based learning in our program. Our curriculum is based upon the latest research and prepares graduates for practice in a changing health and social environment. Students develop their abilities to critically analyze and problem solve, integrating information from empirical and scientific literature and from practical experience. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice in every day of the program, students are able to render sound clinical judgments and to continually evaluate their findings and therapeutic approaches. Different teaching methods are employed in the Program (e.g., small group learning, case based learning, evidence-based practice, seminars, structured clinical session, and lectures).

What are some other reasons to apply to your program?
As part of the Faculty of Medicine, we have access to all of the resources of one of the finest medical faculties in the country. Being in a large urban centre we also have access to a wide variety of community settings for clinical internships and structured clinical sessions. Our own faculty all hold graduate degrees and are involved in research.

What is the philosophy behind the structure of the PT program at U of T?
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy Program is an entry-level to practice program. We are committed to the development of highly competent physical therapists who will provide patients with optimal health care. This competence will entail acting on the professional principles and general strategies embedded in the practice of physical therapy. Central to the goals of the program are the assumptions that graduates will become active consultants and leaders in rehabilitation and health care consultants in the health care system. They will be able to gather and analyze evidence, be consumers of research, identify professional issues, render sound decision-making, exercise good judgment and engage in evidence-based practice.

Graduates will practice in unique, complex situations and new and developing venues that demand insights and understanding of conflicting values and ethical stances in varied social, cultural and organizational contexts. They will be expected to develop confidence, competence and ethical sensitivity towards individuals and groups and demonstrate these attributes in the context of the varied health care delivery systems while assuming responsibility for their decisions.

Is the PT program accredited? 
We hold a six-year accreditation  (granted in 2010) through the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC), which is the maximum award rating for master’s physical therapy education programs.  We also hold a ten year accreditation (granted in 2006) from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which allows our graduates to obtain licensure in the United States.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?
No.

Is there a January start date for new students?
No. The program begins only in September every year.

Is it possible to transfer into physical therapy at U of T from another PT  program?
Because of the unique structure of our curriculum, transfers are not possible into this program.

What kind of students are you looking for?
We look for a wide range of well-rounded students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals who are self-confident, strong leaders, and who have strong problem-solving abilities will flourish in this program and will find this program a good fit. We accept applications from individuals with a disability or of aboriginal descent as well as those who hold graduate degrees.

What is the length of the program and what degree will I receive?
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy program is 24 months in length, including summers. Students can expect to be in classes or in clinic from 8/9AM to 4/5PM every weekday.  Students will graduate with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT).

What is the graduation rate, licensure examination pass rate, and employment rate for your recent graduates?
Here is the “MScPT Program Student Outcomes” chart from the last several years:

Student Cohort Graduation Rate (%) Pass Rate of First Time Takers on Licensure Exam (%) Employment Rate* (%)
2011 98.8 92.6 100
2010 97.8 98.8 100
2009 98.8 100 100
2008 97.5 97.4 100
2007 100 96.3 100

*Employment information is drawn from the Department’s graduate survey. The survey is conducted annually around six months after a cohort’s graduation. The employment rate is based on the responses of the graduates who chose to work.

What is the cost of the program?
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the cost was approximately $10,617.28 for one full year of the program (i.e., September through August).

Is financial support available? 
Students may have access to a variety of funding sources to finance their education, including provincial loan programs, lines of credit, savings, part-time earnings, awards, and bursaries. For most students, it will be necessary to incur some debt, through access to government student assistance programs and a private line of credit with a financial institution. Visit our Financial Aid & Awards page (under the current students section) for specific information on the various funds available.  Please note that we do not offer any entrance scholarships.

We strongly recommend that all incoming students apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or other provincial student loan programs. Students should apply for OSAP by June 30 so that loans are available for pick-up by early September.

Additionally, there is University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS), a financial aid program for full time students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons (recognized convention refugees) and are eligible for need-based government student assistance or funding from a First Nations band.) UTAPS funding is based on OSAP methodology as it provides a uniform, verified way of assessing student need. For students who are assessed by OSAP as requiring maximum assistance and whose assessed need is not fully covered by government aid, the University will ensure that the unmet need is met. Students receiving funding from another province/territory or a First Nations band are also eligible for consideration.Students who have applied for OSAP and have picked up their first loan instalment are automatically considered for UTAPS.  Out-of-province students must apply using the paper application found on the Admissions & Awards website.

Additional financial information can be found at U of T’s Admission and Awards’ Financial Aid page.

If I am accepted can I receive help finding a place to live?
The U of T Student Housing Service can assist you in arranging housing. They are located at Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Toronto. Graduate House  a residence specifically designed for graduate students, may be one option you should consider.

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.


Doctoral Stream Rehab Programs

Is there a doctoral stream rehab program for Physical Therapists at the University of Toronto? 
Yes, there are MSc and PhD programs in Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science. Students with a BScPT or MScPT may be eligible for consideration to this program. Alternatively, there are many other graduate programs available at U of T.

Why would a Physical Therapist want an MSc or PhD degree? 
A PhD degree is required for researchers and educators in Physical Therapy, and increasingly an MSc is required for advanced consultant and management positions. Graduate study provides an opportunity to study in an area of interest in-depth and to contribute to the development of knowledge, theory knowledge and science in that area. For further information, contact the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science (GDRS).

I still have a specific question. What should I do?
You should first review our How to Apply page and our other FAQ sections.  If you still need help, e-mail physther.facmed@utoronto.ca or call us at 416 946 8641.