The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to:

  • Educating future and current physical therapists
  • Advancing practice
  • Fostering leadership
  • Contributing to our communities

We are improving the health of individuals through the discovery, application and exchange of knowledge.

Our History

physical therapy students in a clinic in the 1940's. Black and white photo.The Department of Physical Therapy was founded in 1929 as the first physical therapy program in Canada in the Department of Extension at the University of Toronto. This diploma was a two-year program with an additional six months of clinical practice. By 1950 the diploma had evolved to a three-year program with eight months of clinical experience. It was transferred to the Faculty of Medicine, and combined with Occupational Therapy. Graduates received a diploma in physical and occupational therapy.

History 2

In 1971 the program became a four-year Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. By 1993, the Department of Physical Therapy was established, and the four-year direct entry Bachelor program included a range of science and physical therapy courses, as well as 30 weeks of clinical practice.

The program evolved again in 1995, becoming a three year, second-level entry program. Graduates received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy (BSc PT). This undergraduate program was replaced in 2001 with the 26-month Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT).

500 Univeristy Ave/Rehab Sciences BuildingIn 2007, the program was consolidated into 24 months including 28 weeks of full-time clinical internships, plus 66 hours of clinical structure skill sessions that are integrated into the curriculum.

Today, the MScPT is a professional program that requires the completion of a four-year undergraduate degree for admission.