Convocation from the MScPT program occurs annually in November.
University of Toronto Convocation Ceremony
The Office of Convocation website is updated annually in mid-October with official fall University convocation details including the schedule and how to order tickets and regalia. Information on time, location, and tickets for convocation ceremonies is emailed to students approximately three weeks prior to convocation.
The onus is on you to ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines. Missing deadlines can jeopardize your ability to attend your convocation.
Your name, as it appears in the University’s official student records, is the name that will appear on the diploma. If you need to make changes, follow the instructions on the Office of Convocation website.
Department of Physical Therapy Convocation and Awards Ceremony
Each year the Department of Physical Therapy organizes a Department Convocation and Awards Ceremony for the MScPT graduates, their families, and those from the University who have contributed towards this goal. The Department event is generally held immediately before/after the University of Toronto Convocation Ceremony.
We present convocation awards and have several brief addresses, including the traditional speech by the class valedictorian as chosen by the graduating class. The Department emails graduating students with information about a month before the event. This celebration is separate and distinct from the official University of Toronto Convocation Ceremony.
Confirmation of Degree Letters
If you require proof that you have graduated from the MScPT program, you can order a Confirmation of Degree Letter from SGS.
Registration to Practice
The profession of physical therapy is regulated in Canada through provincial regulatory organizations. To become registered to work, students will need to contact the provincial regulatory organization in the province in which they wish to practice. In most provinces, one of the requirements that students will need to meet is the successful completion of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE).
Professional Associations include:
Working in Ontario
To work in Ontario as a Physical Therapist, you must first successfully complete the Canadian Association of Physiotherapy Regulators, Physiotherapy Competency Exam and then register with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. To register for this exam, you need to have completed a degree in Physical Therapy obtained from an accredited university program, like the MScPT at the University of Toronto, which includes 1000 hours of clinical internship.
For details about working in Canada before writing the practical component of the exam, contact the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. You must complete degree requirements and successfully complete the written component of the exam prior to registering with the College. Please direct any questions regarding registration to the College.
Notification to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
The Department of Physical Therapy provides a list of all students who have successfully completed all academic and clinical degree requirements to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association once the final marks have been approved and entered in ACORN (generally by August 31 of each year).
If you are not planning to work in Ontario and you require your name to be sent to a different provincial college, you must inform the SLO in writing with the appropriate contact person.
You may wish to submit documents to the College in advance of completing your degree requirements to facilitate the registration process. When scheduling employment start dates, keep in mind that it can take up to 15 business days for the College to process applications once they have received notification from the Department that you have completed academic and clinical degree requirements.
Working in the United States
In the U.S., as in Canada, the right to work as a physical therapist is regulated at the state level. To be able to work in the U.S., students must meet all the requirements of the appropriate licensing body. Contact the state board about the dates of any examinations, credentialing and other information on how to appropriately begin working as a physical therapist in the U.S. The Department of Physical Therapy is able to assist with curriculum verification for a fee.