How to Apply

MScPT Full-Time 24 Month Program

Applications for September 2019 entry are due by January 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.  Applicants apply through the ORPAS website and should read the ORPAS Application Guide for full details.

Overview of the Admission Process
Stage One: Non-Academic Assessment – CASPer
Stage Two: Academic and Non-Academic Assessment – Degree Requirements, Sub-GPA, Prerequisites, TOEFL, and Reference Letters
Stage Three: Non-Academic Assessment – Computer Administered Profile (CAP)
Stage Four: Final Ranking
Submitting an Application
Application Statistics
Applicant Checklist
Notes for Internationally Educated Physical Therapists
Admission Information Session: October 25, 2018
Registration to Practice
Program Accreditation
Health Requirements
Criminal Record Checks
More Questions?

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Overview of the Admissions Process

How to Apply: Applicants apply through the ORPAS website. Be sure to read the ORPAS Application Guide for full details. 
Deadline to Apply: Applications for September 2019 entry are due by January 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. 
Academic Requirements:

 

·         Appropriate four-year university degree

·         Mid-B in the final year of university degree

·         Prerequisite courses with at least 70% in 

          each course

·         TOEFL (if applicable)

 

Non-Academic Requirements ·         Canadian citizenship or permanent       

          residency in Canada

·         Academic reference letter

·         Professional reference letter

·         CASPer test

·         Computer Administered Profile (CAP)

CASPer Deadline: January 10, 2019
CAP Day: April 27, 2019
Applicant Ranking Process Stage One: Applicants with a CASPer z-score ≥ -1 will advance to the next stage

Stage Two: Academic review (degree, sub-GPA, prerequisites, TOEFEL) and assessment of reference letters

Stage Three: Top applicants are invited to write the CAP

Stage Four: Remaining applicants are ranked according to the following equation:

60% sub-GPA + 40% CAP Score = rank

There are four stages in the admissions process for the MScPT. First, applicants are screened based on CASPer scores. Next, sub-GPA and a file review is conducted. Third, selected applicants are invited to write the CAP. Lastly, remaining applicants are ranked based on sub-GPA and CAP score. 

Stage One: Non-Academic Assessment – CASPer

CASPer score will be used as the initial screening process. Applicants must score ≥ -1 in order to proceed to the next stage in the admission cycle. 

All applicants are required to complete the online CASPer test to be admissible to the MScPT program. The CASPer test can be completed on any computer with internet and a webcam from any location. For more information, visit the CASPer website. The final date to write the CASPer for September 2019 entry to the program is January 10, 2019. 

An Overview of CASPer

The CASPer is an online situational judgement test that evaluates personal and professional characteristics. The test consists of 12 sections and is composed of open-ended questions that measure soft skills such as communication, ethics, and empathy. 

When to Write the CASPer

The CASPer test should be completed starting September 2018 and no later than January 10, 2019. Specific CASPer testing dates for the University of Toronto MScPT program are listed on the CASPer websiteThe final date to write the CASPer for September 2019 entry to the program is January 10, 2019. 

How to Distribute CASPer Scores to the University of Toronto, MScPT

First, applicants must add their ORPAS/OUAC Reference ID number to their CASPer account. Second, applicants must select the University of Toronto MScPT program for results distribution. Applicants who complete the CASPer before submitting their program application, will need to log in to their CASPer account and update it with the ORPAS/OUAC reference ID number after submitting their application to the program. Applicants who do not include their ORPAS/OUAC Application ID with their CASPer account and/or do not release their results to the University of Toronto MScPT program, will not be considered for admission to the program. 

Stage Two: Academic and Non-Academic Assessment – Degree Requirements, Sub-GPA, Prerequisites, TOEFL, and Reference Letters

Applicants who advance to this second stage in the admissions process will be assessed for academic and non-academic requirements, including degree requirements, sub-GPA, TOEFL, and reference letters. 

Degree Requirements and Minimum Required Grades 

Applicants may have completed an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university at the time of application. Students may also apply in the final year of a four-year degree program, provided that they have fulfilled the prerequisite course requirements. In this case, students must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements no later than June 30, 2019. 

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all applicants to a Master’s level program have at least a mid-“B” average or better in the final year of undergraduate level study (e.g., five full-course equivalents at the senior level). Please note that the mid-B average is a minimum requirement, and a higher sub-GPA cutoff on the last 20 half courses completed will be required to be competitive in the MScPT admission process. Applicants who have completed graduate level work are required to have a minimum requirement of a mid-B average in all graduate courses, as per School of Graduate Studies regulations.  

Notes for Applicants who Graduated from a Non-Canadian University

Applicants whose education was completed outside of Canada may apply if they have permanent residency or hold Canadian citizenship. Official academic records must be sent directly to ORPAS from the originating institutions. Photocopies of academic records may be used to process an application, but applicants should note that official documents will be required before any firm offer of admission can be made. Official English translations done by a certified translator for all non-English documentation must also be submitted to ORPAS.

International transcripts will be evaluated for equivalency. Evaluation of equivalency will only be assessed through the application process.

To facilitate this process, you may wish to contact World Education Services (WES) to evaluate foreign credentials. Applicants are responsible for incurred costs. WES reports will be used only as a reference in the assessment of admission eligibility. WES reports are not mandatory, and applicants will not be penalized if a WES report is not submitted. If an applicant utilizes WES and has original documents sent to WES,  original documents from the originating institution (e.g., the applicant’s home university) must still be sent to ORPAS.

English Language Proficiency Requirement 

English language proficiency must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English. Applicants must demonstrate facility in the English language through the successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with minimum scores of:

  • Paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the TWE and 50 on the TSE.        
  • Internet-based test:100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

TOEFL candidates should request that results be sent to the University of Toronto, institution code 0982.

English facility test results are valid for two years. Alternatively, the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, offers the certificate Academic English whereby a minimum grade of “B+” in Level 60 meets the English language facility requirement. All official English facility results reports must be forwarded to the Department of Physical Therapy no later than March 1, 2019

Sub-GPA

Sub-GPA is calculated based on the last 20 half courses of university academic study (e.g., the equivalent of 10 full courses or equivalent to two years of full-time study) completed by December 31 of the application year. This will include summer, part-time, intersession, correspondence and university courses taken beyond the four-year undergraduate degree.  

Please note that sub-GPA is 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. Due to the discrepancy in grade reporting across universities, ORPAS uses the Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table to process sub-GPA. Please review this table for details on the conversion scale used in this process. GPA cutoff varies from year to year, the GPA cutoff for the Fall 2018 cycle was 3.81 which is equivalent to a GPA in the A- to A range. 

Courses not Included in the Sub-GPA Calculation:

  • Activity-type courses, non-convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail)
  • Consecutive Bachelor of Education (BEd) undergraduate degree courses 
  • Transfer credits from the college level that have not been assigned a grade by the university issuing the degree

Repeated Courses

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 sub-GPA calculation.

An Example of Which Courses are Used to Calculate Sub-GPA 

  Fall/Winter 2016

(second year)

Fall/Winter 2017

(third year)

Fall 2018

(first term, 4th year)

Number of  courses 10 10 5
Weighting All counted and weighted at 5 credits All counted All counted

Notes for Students with Graduate Level Work

Graduate students are assessed on their last 20 half course equivalents completed by December 31 of the application year,  it will normally include graduate courses and undergraduate courses. 

Upgrading sub-GPA

Courses taken in addition to those required for a Bachelor’s degree may be considered upgrade courses. The guidelines for upgrade courses are:

  1. Upgrade courses completed should be at the senior level (3rd or 4th year courses)
  2. MScPT prerequisites courses can be at the junior level (1st and 2nd year courses)
  3. We recommend that applicants take courses in the life sciences/social sciences/humanities, as these subjects are most relevant to the MScPT program

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must be taken at a university level and must be completed within the last seven years. For September 2019 admission, prerequisite courses must be completed no earlier than September 2012 and no later than May 31, 2019.

All applicants will be required to have completed:

  • one half-course equivalent in Human Physiology: The course should cover the principles of human physiology including the living cell, the internal environment; neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism; reproduction; and homeostasis. An example of an accepted course from the University of Toronto would be course PSL201Y, Basic Human Physiology. Plant physiology will NOT be accepted nor will a combined animal/plant physiology. Combined human anatomy/physiology courses are acceptable as long as applicants have one full credit equivalent.
  • one half-course equivalent in Human Anatomy: Course content must be comprehensive, covering gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral, and neurological systems. Combined human anatomy/physiology courses are acceptable as long as applicants have one full credit equivalent.
  • one full course (or two half course) equivalent in Life and/or Physical Sciences: Examples of Life Sciences include biology, basic medical sciences, pathology, etc. Examples of Physical Science include chemistry, physics, geology, physical geography, etc.
  • one full course (or two half-course) equivalent in Social Sciences and/or Humanities and/or Languages: Examples of Social Sciences include anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, etc. Examples of Humanities include history, religion, philosophy, classics, literature/English, etc. Examples of Languages include French, Italian, Spanish, etc.
  • one half-course equivalent in Statistics or Research Methods: Statistic courses that may be acceptable include basic statistics, psychology statistics, geography statistics, kinesiology statistics, biometrics and quantitative research methods. Calculus in itself is not acceptable as a statistics course, and statistics content in other courses does not meet the requirement.

Entering Prerequisite Course Information into the ORPAS Application

Applicants must complete the prerequisite section of the online application. Applicants are required to include a URL that links to an online course description from the university academic calendar. It is acceptable to include a link to a large PDF of the entire academic calendar – please put the page number the course is located on at the end of the link (leave a space and then enter “pg x”.) All Canadian universities offer an “archived calendar” section on their website, and applicants are encouraged to use the archived calendar from the year they took the course if they cannot find their course in the current academic calendar.

If applicants are unable to provide a link to an online course description, (e.g., applicants educated outside Canada), applicants must mail paper copies of detailed course descriptions to ORPAS. When mailing the course descriptions, be sure to include your full name and ORPAS/OUAC Reference Identification number on the paperwork. ORPAS will forward the documentation to your university/program choice(s). Course descriptions should be no more than three pages.

Minimum Grade Requirement in Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must have earned a minimum grade of B- (or 70%) in all prerequisite courses, as per the grade recorded on the transcript. Grades from prerequisite courses will not be counted as part of the sub-GPA calculation unless they are within the last 20 half credits completed. Web-based and distance education courses are accepted provided they are at a university level.

Prerequisite Verification for Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, and Statistics/Research Methods

Applicants must verify that their human physiology, human anatomy, and statistics/research methods courses will be accepted by visiting the Prerequisites Verification page

Applicants can take two half-course equivalents within each prerequisite category to meet our requirements. For example, for Life and/or Physical Science prerequisite it would be acceptable to take one half-course equivalent in biology + one half-course equivalent in chemistry. 

Common Course Weighting Systems 

Here is a chart with examples that equates the most common course weights.

University of Toronto Course Weight Ryerson Univeristy Course Weight York University Course Weight University of Victoria Course Weight USA Course Weight
0.5 or one-half course 1 credit 3 credits 1.5 credits 4 credits or other
1.0 or one full course 2 credits 6 credits 3.0 credits 8 credits or other

Reference Letters

Academic and professional references will also be assessed during the second stage of the admission process. The department requires one academic reference and one professional reference. Both referees should be individuals who can address the applicant’s 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. 

  • Examples of academic references include professors or instructors from a university setting. 
  • Examples of professional references include supervisors in either a volunteer or employment setting.
  • References from family members and friends are not acceptable. Additionally, professional references from caregivers (e.g. , family doctors, dentists, etc.) are not acceptable if the applicant’s sole relationship with the caregiver was as a patient.

The forms and letters must be submitted by the referees directly to ORPAS at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.

Stage Three: Non-Academic Assessment – Computer Administered Profile (CAP)

After the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s academic qualifications and completes a file review, a sub-GPA cutoff is determined based on the application pool. Only top applicants are invited to write the Computer Administered Profile (CAP) on-site at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, April 27, 2019. 

In order to accommodate religious observances, exam conflicts, and medical related special requirements there will be a secondary CAP date, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Official documents are required before granting the alternate exam opportunity. Applicants invited to the CAP exam will be notified by email by early April using the email address recorded in the ORPAS application.  

An Overview of CAP

The CAP is a 2-hour exam with a series of short and long answer questions. The CAP is not a personal profile nor is it an MCAT-type exam for which applicants can study. Rather it is designed to assess personal characteristics/attributes, life experiences, knowledge of the profession, and critical thinking/problem-solving skills. Typical questions will explore an understanding of the profession and ability to problem solve. 

How to Submit an Alternate CAP Request

Upon receiving the email invitation to the CAP, if an applicant has religious observances, exam conflicts, and/or medical related special requirements, a written request with supporting documentation will be required. Requests and documentation should be sent to ptstudent.services@utoronto.ca within a week of receiving the CAP invitation. Distance from Toronto will not constitute a special requirement and all applicants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the CAP.

Stage Four: Final Ranking

Once applicants have written the CAP, they will be ranked according to the following equation:

60% sub-GPA + 40% CAP Score = applicant rank

After this ranking, offers of admission are made to selected applicants.

Submitting an Application

All applicants seeking admission to the MSc in Physical Therapy Program must complete an application, available from ORPAS, which is a division of the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Visit ORPAS and click on the link ORPAS Online Application.

Applications are usually available from ORPAS by mid-October annually. Full instructions on the application process are provided in the ORPAS Application Guide

The 2019 application deadline is January 4, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST. All application materials (including the online application, prerequisite form, course descriptions and references) should be received by ORPAS by this date. The only exception to this is transcripts. Remember that internet connections may be disrupted close to the deadline (therefore, applicants are advised to complete the application well before the deadline).

After receiving the application and all of the official transcripts, ORPAS will calculate a sub-GPA. Applicants can check their Verification Report (VR) by logging into their ORPAS application. This report is available once an applicant’s academic record has been reviewed by ORPAS, which will occur in February. The VR will present an up-to-date summary of all information contained in one’s application, including the transcripts and Confidential Assessment Forms that have been received. It will also include the sub-GPA and a list of all courses/grades used in the calculation.  ORPAS will send applicants an email once this report is available to view.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to check the VR and contact ORPAS if there are any discrepancies.  Applicants who have foreign exchange courses, graduate-level courses, or were educated outside of North America, please note that the Department of Physical Therapy will perform a manual sub-GPA calculation.

Questions regarding the ORPAS application form can be directed to ORPAS by email at orpas@ouac.on.ca or by phone at 519-823-1063.

Application Statistics

Entering Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Number of Applications 944 989 868 1097 1035 1139 1048 1062 1004 879 984
sub-GPA* Cutoff 3.81 3.82 3.81 3.80 3.76 3.75 3.71 3.68 3.63 3.59 3.62
Final Class Size 100 100 93 89 91 88 87 100 85 84 90
Average sub-GPA* of Class 3.90 3.89 3.88 3.88 3.86 3.85 3.83 3.82 3.76 3.78 3.77

*GPA calculations are based on the ORPAS Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table.

The MScPT program projects to admit 100 students for the 2019-20 academic year.

Applicant Checklist

Before applying:

Applying:

  • Have you read through the information regarding deadlinesprerequisites and the CAP test?
  • Have you ordered a WES evaluation (if applicable)?
  • Have you ordered foreign transcripts (if applicable) to be sent from the issuing institution directly to ORPAS?
  • Have you written the CASPer and released your score to the University of Toronto MScPT program?
  • Have you printed your application from the final “Submit” section for your records?
  • Have you submitted your application?
  • Have you written the TOEFL released your TOEFL test scores (if required)?
  • Have you requested transcripts from all post secondary institutions that you attended?
  • Have you paid all application service fee(s) and transcript request fee(s)?
  • Have you given your references the paper copy of the Confidential Assessment Form and asked them to write a corresponding letter?

After applying:

  • Have you checked your ORPAS Verification Report for sub-GPA accuracy and to ensure your references and transcripts have been received by ORPAS?
  • Have you checked your email (including your junk folder) for an invitation to the CAP, which will be sent by early April?
  • Have you submitted acceptable application changes (e.g., address, phone number) via ORPAS?

Notes for Internationally Educated Physical Therapists

The first step for internationally educated physiotherapists who wish to practice in Canada is to apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators for an assessment of their educational qualifications. Internationally educated physiotherapists who are credentialed as having a degree that is substantially equivalent to a Canadian entry-to-practice degree are not considered for admission to the MScPT program.

If interested in bridging the gaps identified in The Alliance credential review or preparing for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination, please read more about our Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Bridging program.

Please note that internationally educated physical therapists are not considered for admission to the entry to practice (MScPT) program. If interested in graduate studies in the rehabilitation sciences, please visit the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute.

Admission Information Session: October 25, 2018

 

Registration to Practice

Registration to practice physical therapy is required in all provinces and territories. Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland require that all applicants for licensure have passed the Physiotherapy Competence Examination (PCE), which includes both written and clinical components. Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy program at The University of Toronto, graduates may apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to take this examination.

Program Accreditation

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–Probationary was granted to the program on October 15, 2018. A description of Accreditation–Probationary follows.

Accreditation – Probationary

  • A program is non-compliant in a CORE criterion OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 50% of the accreditation criteria in one standard OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 80% of the accreditation criteria in more than two standards OR
  • A program fails to demonstrate progress in addressing the identified concerns in its required Progress Report(s)

Students- Important Notice

  • 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 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

Health Requirements

Registration procedures are mailed to newly admitted students and include an immunization record that must be completed in full. It requests information on tuberculosis and other chest diseases, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, diphtheria/tetanus, and polio. Evidence of a tuberculin test is required prior to registration. Students are also required to provide a copy of a valid certificate in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Rescuer level upon entry to the program. Please note that you will be required to gain First Aid and CPR certification/re-certification after August 1, 2019, and before school begins in September 2019 regardless of when your current certification expires. These requirements are set by our clinical partners and must be met so that students are able to participate in clinical practice. Questions concerning the health form should be directed to ptclined@utoronto.ca. 

Criminal Record Checks

Increasingly, some sites (for example school boards, community care employers) require that employees, including students, have a completed criminal record check prior to the start of the clinical internship. Students assigned to placements at these locations will be required to complete and submit the results of a Basic or Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check, at their own expense. Students will be informed by the Department of Physical Therapy if this check is necessary prior to the beginning of the placement. Please note that failure to obtain a satisfactory police record check may result in an alternate or delayed placement and may affect the graduation date. Students are advised to obtain two original copies of the report so that they may keep one for their own records.

More Questions?

If you still have questions after reviewing the above information, please visit our FAQs page. Applicants are welcome to contact us with unanswered questions by emailing us at physther.facmed@utoronto.ca