Getting Started as a New Student

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy!

You will find everything you need to know about starting the MScPT program here. Please check this page regularly for updates and remember to monitor your email for important communications from the Department.

Steps for New Students

Use these instructions to help you complete each step needed before you start the program.

How to Accept your Offer

To confirm your acceptance of an offer to the program, you MUST submit your response to ORPAS using the Choices and Offers link through your account on the Ontario Universities Application Center by the date of your offer letter.

How to Clear your Conditions

You need to ensure that ORPAS receives your final transcript(s) by June 30, indicating: 1) degree conferral with a minimum of a mid-B in the final year of study and 2) completion of all prerequisites with at least a 70% or a B- as stated on the transcript.

  • Your transcript must state “Degree Conferred.” When ordering your transcript be sure to select the option to send after graduation.
  • If you attended an Ontario university, you must order transcripts online.
  • If you attended a university outside of Ontario, you will need to contact your home institution to order a transcript.
  • If your degree was already conferred when you applied to the program, you do not need to re-send your transcript (unless you have additional coursework, such as prerequisites, that was recently completed).
  • All transcripts should be sent to ORPAS directly and NOT to the Department.

Registration and Enrolment

There are several important steps you need to complete to register and enrol in the program. Visit the Registration and Enrolment page for complete details. 

Incoming Student Survey

You are required to complete the New Student Survey by Friday, July 14, 2023. We will send you a link using the email address on your ORPAS application.


Headshot photographs, used for class composite photos, events and celebrations such as Convocation, and clinical identification cards, are due by Friday, July 14, 2023. We will send you instructions using the email address on your ORPAS application.


Mandatory mask-fitting takes place at 500 University Avenue as part of Orientation Day. In June, we will email you a link to book an appointment with Advance Healthcare. You will receive additional details about how to prepare for the fitting from Advance Healthcare.

N95 Mask Fit Testing Participant Instructions

Mask Fit Health Assessment Form


The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) emails you a JOINid when you apply to the program. 

You need to enable your JOINid and create a password online. Your JOINid eventually becomes your UTORid and gives you access to services such as email, library resources, and Quercus, the University’s student portal and learning management system.

If you lose your JOINid password, you can use the enabling site to change it. Updates can take 24 hours to roll over in the system. If you are unable to reset your password using the enabling site, call 416-978-HELP or email the Help Desk.

TCard (Student ID)

Your TCard is your official University of Toronto student identification and library card. Review the instructions and required documentation and then make an appointment with the TCard Office.

If you lose your TCard, report the loss to the library (call  416-978-7694 or visit the circulation desk of any U of T library) and deactivate your meal plan/TCard+ account. To replace your TCard, you will need to visit the TCard office with your student number or UTORid, one piece of valid government-issued photo identification and the replacement fee.

UTORid & Student Email

When you get your TCard, you will receive instructions on how to activate your UTORid and set up the student email account. You need to do this before Orientation Day.

Under University policy, you are required to maintain a University based email account (i.e., ending in, record it in ACORN, and check for messages at least once daily. The Department of Physical Therapy and other University offices will only use send email to your email account. Faculty use this email as a means of communicating official information to you about the program, such as units, scheduling, examinations, dates, etc.

We will only accommodate problems arising from the University of Toronto email servers. If you forward your account to another server (e.g., Hotmail or Sympatico), the onus will be on you to ensure you do not miss messages if your email account is full or if the server is down.


ACORN is the University of Toronto’s Student Web Service which can be used to view your timetable, update your personal information, view your academic history and more. You can access ACORN using your UTORid (or JOINid) and password and there are instructions for using ACORN online.

You are responsible for ensuring your personal and academic information is up to date on ACORN at all times. Remember to add your student email address, mailing and permanent address, and banking information.

You must use your ACORN account to pay tuition. Paper invoices are not mailed.

By using ACORN, you agree to abide by all the academic and non-academic rules and regulations of the University, the SGS, and the Department of Physical Therapy and you assume the obligation to pay academic and incidental fees according to the policies and requirements of the University of Toronto.


Access to the University’s learning management system, Quercus, is activated automatically through registration on ACORN. To log into Quercus, you need your UTORid. You need to activate your UTORid before the first day of class so that you can access courses. You will need to enter your email address in ACORN to use the built-in email feature within Quercus.

Once logged into Quercus, the main page is the ‘Dashboard’. All your courses for the current academic session will be listed here. If your courses are not visible, please contact the SLO. Academic Leads use Quercus to post course schedules, outlines, readings, assignments and unofficial student marks, and conduct interactive activities including live synchronous lectures, online quizzes and surveys, communication via email, and discussion boards.

To learn more about Quercus, students can click the Help button on the left navigation bar once logged in and choose Quercus Support Resources to learn more about how to use Quercus. Questions about access or requests for technical support should be directed to the IT Manager, Rob Page. To log out of Quercus, exit the browser window completely so that someone else who uses the same computer can’t access your account.

If you’re new to Quercus, check out these useful resources:

Orientation Day

Monday, August 28, 2023 is Orientation Day. Part of the day will be spent introducing you to the University, Department, Faculty, Staff and you will have your Induction Ceremony to the program. We will distribute key fobs and locker assignments and mask-fitting appointments will also occur.