Our Programs

Master of Science in Physical Therapy

Physiotherapist Agnes Makowski, an adjunct lecturer in U of T’s department of physical therapy, works with athletes in Team Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team.

The Master of Science in Physical Therapy is a 24 month professional program leading to entry to practice.  Our MScPT Best Practices Curriculum is designed to integrate systems, research and internship components organized in 12 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 program 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 until April 30, 2022. A description of Accreditation – Fully Compliant follows.

Accreditation – Fully Compliant
  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no criteria in non-compliance.
  • There could be identified concerns that the program must improve upon and report back about in Progress Reports.
  • If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary at any time in the six year accreditation cycle.
  • If a program loses its accreditation status, its students may not be considered graduates of an accredited physiotherapy education program.
  • Students must be considered graduates from an accredited physiotherapy education program in Canada in order to be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
  • The program’s accreditation status is important to graduating students with regards to becoming licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada. It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (alliancept.org) for information regarding the process to become licensed as a physiotherapist in Canada following graduation.

More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at http://www.peac-aepc.ca/english/accreditation/levels-of-accreditation.php or by contacting Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, www.peac-aepc.ca

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.

Master of Science in Physical Therapy Advanced Standing Option

Students sitting in lecture hallThe 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 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.

The Advanced Standing MScPT program is currently suspended.

Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapists Bridging (OIEPB) Program

Group shot of graduating class in front of faculty clubThe 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

Gail Teachman at convocation, in her robes holding flowers.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.