Information for New Students

Starting in September 2022? Start here…

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.

Announcements

  • The link to complete the Incoming Student Survey was emailed on June 9, 2022
  • Headshot instructions were emailed on June 2, 2022
  • Mask-fitting appointment information was emailed on June 2, 2022
  • Orientation Day is Monday, August 29, 2022
  • MScPT Year 1 Program Dates:
    • First day of class: Monday, August 29, 2022
    • Last day of class: Friday, August 11, 2023 

       

New Students

Checklist

Incoming Student Checklist

  • Accept your offer of admission (expires May 29)
  • Order final transcripts to be sent to ORPAS (due June 30)
  • Apply for student loans (e.g., OSAP or equivalent; do this as soon as possible)
  • Review the Health (Immunization) form with your healthcare provider and make the appropriate arrangements for vaccines to be administered (the form must be completed between July 1 – August 29)
  • Order your police services vulnerable sector screening with your local police department (make sure it’s valid beginning sometime between July 1 – August 29)
  • Book first aid/CPR course (you must certify between August 1 – August 29)
  • Submit your headshot (due July 15 – details were emailed to you on June 2)
  • Complete incoming student survey (due July 15 – details will be sent by email)
  • Book your TCard Appointment
  • Set up your UTOR email (due August 29)
  • Login to ACORN and complete your personal information, including UTOR email address (due August 29)
  • Make a copy of your completed Health (Immunization) form
  • Complete First Aid and CPR certification and make a copy of your certificate/card
  • Complete the Clinical Catchment Acknowledgement Form
  • Complete the Safety Training modules
  • Complete the U of T WSIB student declaration
  • Complete the pre-MScPT modules on Quercus (optional)
  • Complete the mask-fitting health form (details were emailed to you on June 2)
  • Make (or defer) the minimum payment to register on ACORN (you can do this starting anytime after your tuition is posted to ACORN in mid-July; due September 1)
  • Review the Student Handbook
How to Accept your Offer and Clear Conditions

Accept your offer by May 29, 2022 through ORPAS

  • 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

Arrange for final transcripts to arrive at ORPAS by June 30, 2022

  • 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.

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Student ID and Student Email Address

Check your email for your JOINid

  • The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) emails you a JOINid when you apply to the program. If you did not receive this information, or if you have forgotten your JOINid, please contact ptstudent.services@utoronto.ca
  • 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.

Get your TCard

  • Please obtain your TCard by the first day of school. This is needed to access University services.
  • The TCard office is extremely busy in September so we recommend going as early as you can.
  • Check the TCard website for hours of operation and double check that you have the required documentation before you go.
  • If you are moving to Toronto – make sure you bring the right documents with you when you move!

Set up your UTORid

  • Please activate your UTORid by the first day of school. Your UTORid is part of your University of Toronto identification. You need it to access University services and resources.
  • Your UTORid is assigned to you when you obtain your TCard. Instructions on how to activate your UTORid are provided to you when you pick up your TCard. 

Set up your UTMail+ Address

  • When you pick up your TCard, you will be given information on how to set up your UTMail+ account.
  • It is essential to have a University of Toronto student email account.
  • Beginning the first day of classes, this will be the only email the University and Department will use to communicate with you.

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ACORN

Accessible Campus Online Resource Network (ACORN)

  • ACORN is the University’s student information service.
  • As a student, you must have an ACORN account in order to pay your tuition and access your official grades.
  • To login you will need the temporary JOINid sent to you by the School of Graduate Studies or your permanent UTORid.
  • It’s important to update your ACORN account with your student email address, permanent and mailing addresses, and your banking information (if you wish to set up direct deposit).

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Quercus

Quercus

  • Quercus is the University of Toronto’s Learning Management Engine.
  • This is where instructors will post course schedules, outlines, readings, assignments and student marks, and conduct interactive activities including live synchronous lectures, online quizzes and surveys, communication via email, and discussion boards.
  • To log into Quercus you will need to activate your UTORid and you will need your @mail.utoronto.ca email address recorded in ACORN to use the built-in email feature.
  • Once logged into Quercus, the main page is the ‘Dashboard’ and you will see your courses listed here. If courses are not visible, please contact the SLO.
  • To learn more about Quercus, click the Help button on the left navigation bar once logged in, and choose Quercus Support Resources.
  • To log out of Quercus, exit the browser window completely. Without exiting completely, someone else who uses the same computer will be able to access the account.
  • Questions about access or requests for technical support should be directed to the IT Manager, Rob Page

Pre-MScPT Learning Modules 

  • There will be academic materials made available to you via Quercus in the summer and while not required, you are strongly encouraged to complete these learning modules in advance of beginning the program.

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How to Order your Police Services Vulnerable Sector Screening

As most Physical Therapy students undertake portions of their education in settings with exposure to vulnerable populations, you are required to complete and submit the results of a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check. This process must be initiated through your local police service and must be completed prior to registration in the Program. Costs incurred will be at your own expense.

Police forces may use slightly different language to describe the various levels of record checks available. Your record checks must include search results from local police records, Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP’s) Canadian Police Information Centre, and the Pardoned Sex Offender Records. This high level of record check is the one required by volunteer and other agencies who serve children and other vulnerable populations. 

As these checks can take several weeks, we recommend that you begin the process as soon as possible to meet our deadline.

If you are using Toronto Police Services, you must contact us for more details on this process and how to access the form required to initiate the Vulnerable Persons Criminal Record Check with Toronto Police Services before contacting the police.

Please contact  Jane Kean with any questions concerning this requirement.

Health (Immunization) Form/CPR & First Aid Certification

Health (Immunization) Form/CPR & First Aid Certification 

  • A copy of your Immunization and Health Form needs to be submitted to Jane Kean by Monday, August 29, 2022. Please read the instructions on the form carefully for additional details; you must certify between August 1 and September 1.
  • Keep a copy for your own records; clinical facilities may request a copy from you.
Required Safety Training

Safety Training

  • As a student in the Department of Physical Therapy, you are required to complete several safety training modules. You need to submit the following items to Jane Kean at ptclined@utoronto.ca by Monday, August 29, 2022:
    • results page from each of the 4 TAHSN eLearning Modules
    • Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training “Certificate of Completion”
    • AODA “Certificate of Completion”
    • Signed copy of the Infection Control Reading page.
WSIB Form

WSIB Form

Clinical Internship Catchment Acknowledgement Form

Clinical Internship Catchment Acknowledgement

Registration and Enrolment

Registration 

To register in the program, you must:

  1. Accept your offer of admission by May 29, 2022
  2. Clear your conditions on your offer of admission by June 30, 2022
  3. Submit all required registration documents by August 29, 2022
  4. Either defer or make your minimum tuition payment by September 1, 2022
  • The required registration documents include:
    • health (immunization) form
    • first aid and CPR certification
    • police services vulnerable sector screening
    • clinical internship catchment form
    • WSIB form
    • safety training results

Once you have cleared your conditions and deferred or made the minimum payment to register, your status on ACORN will change from INVIT (invited to register) to REG (registered).  Your status needs to be REG on ACORN by September 16, 2022. If you miss this deadline, you will be removed from classes, charged a late fee and required provide proof of payment to SGS before being allowed to re-enrol. 

Enrolment

  • The department will enrol you in courses. You do not need to do anything.
  • You can view your timetable of courses on ACORN.

Confirmation Letters

  • If you need a letter to confirm that you are registered in the MScPT program, please ensure that you are registered (check for the REG status on ACORN) and then submit your letter request to the School of Graduate Studies. 

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Financial Aid and Budgeting

Plan a Budget

It is critical to plan your finances carefully. As a professional masters’ student, you are ineligible for the typical funding package associated with a research student, nor are you eligible for University of Toronto Advanced Planning (UTAPS).  Most of our students rely on a combination of student loans, a line of credit, and savings to fund their studies. You can find sample budgets here

Apply for Student Loans

  • Student loan applications can take several weeks to process. If you are from outside of Ontario, it is especially important to apply for student aid early!
  • If you are an Ontario resident, you should apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) as soon as possible. Please direct questions to osap.staff@utoronto.ca.
  • If you are a resident of another province, you should apply to your own provincial government student financial aid program as soon as possible. Please direct questions to can.oop.financialaid@utoronto.ca.
  • If you want to defer your tuition payment, you will need to be in receipt of student aid (e.g., OSAP).
  • The Department offers bursary funding twice per year for students in financial need. To be eligible, you will need to have already applied for all other funding sources, including OSAP (or provincial equivalent) and a line of credit.

Apply for a Line of Credit

  • You are strongly encouraged to apply for a line of credit. This is an eligibility requirement for departmental bursary funding.
  • Keep the documentation from your bank if you do not qualify for a line of credit. You will need it if you apply for a bursary.

Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

  • The Department of Physical Therapy offers in-course bursaries based on financial need and merit-based convocation awards. These are described in more detail online and in the student handbook.
  • Information is distributed to students about these opportunities by email, throughout the duration of the program.

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Housing

Finding Accommodation 

  • You can find information on campus residences, lists of rooms, apartments, and houses for rent by property owners throughout the city, and lists of students seeking roommates using the University of Toronto’s Housing Services. This site also has valuable information regarding student housing options, rights, and responsibilities as tenants.
  • If you want to live with a MScPT roommate, use the PT Class of 2024 Facebook page to find a roommate.
  • If you are applying to a residence, submit your application early as seats fill up quickly. 

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How to Defer Tuition Payments

Defer Your Minimum Payment to Register

  • You can defer your tuition payment if you are/will be receiving student loans. The process is slightly different based on whether you are receiving OSAP or student loans from a province outside of Ontario.

OSAP Recipients

  • To view your invoice, sign into your ACORN account, select Finances and then View Invoice.
  • Before the registration deadline, click on OSAP/Gov’t Deferral under Financial Accounts.
    • If your tuition fee deferral application is successful, ACORN will change your status from “INVIT” (invited) to “REG” (registered).
  • After the registration deadline, you will need to take the following documents to the School of Graduate Studies:
    • a copy of your tuition invoice from ACORN and
    • proof that you will be receiving OSAP (or other) funding 
  • Questions concerning OSAP should be directed to Enrolment Services at osap.staff@utoronto.ca or phone 416-978-2190

Recipients of Other Student Aid

  • You will need to bring or fax or email a copy of your provincial Notice of Assessment to Enrolment Services so that your online fee deferral access can be activated.
    • Please write your University of Toronto student number on the Notice of Assessment. 
    • It takes approximately three business days to process requests.
  • After three working days, and before the registration deadline, apply to defer the minimum payment to register. Follow the instructions above.
  • Questions concerning financial aid from provinces outside of Ontario should be directed to Enrolment Services by email can.oop.financialaid@utoronto.ca or phone 416-978-2190

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How to Make Tuition Payments

Making a Tuition Payment*

  • Your invoice will be posted on ACORN in mid-July and will show a breakdown of the balance you owe. Select Finances and then View Invoice.
  • You will need your account number displayed on the top right-hand corner of your ACORN invoice. Your account number consists of the first five characters of your surname (in capital letters) and 10 numbers which is your student number with leading zeroes unless it begins with “1”. Make sure you distinguish between the letter ‘O’ and the number ‘zero’.

 

Miss Isabel Robinson                            ROSI Account : ROBIN1000942843

717 Bay St, Suite 2045                          Student      : 1000942843

Toronto ON  M5G 2J9                             Timestamp    : 02/06/2020 09:20:51

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  • In the example above, the account number is ROBIN1000942843 (first five characters of the surname ROBINSON + student number 1000942843)
  • Select the payment method you prefer and follow the instructions.

Within Canada

Online Banking Payment from a Canadian Bank Account Log onto the online banking service or call your financial institution’s telephone service and provide them with your account number displayed on the top right-hand corner of your ACORN invoice and the payee name ‘ University of Toronto’. It will take 3-5 business days for the payment from a major Canadian financial institution to be recorded in your ACORN account, however the transfer from a Canadian credit union could take longer. If you check your ACORN account and do not see the payment listed on the Payments Report under the Financial Account tab, check again in a few days. There are daily updates from the bank to the University.
In Person at Your Bank If you have a Canadian bank account, you may make a payment at the teller with a copy of your ACORN invoice.  Your account number & student number printed on the top right-hand corner of your ACORN invoice are needed to ensure the payment is transferred to your ACORN account. It will take 3-5 business days for the payment from a major Canadian financial institution to be recorded in your ACORN account, however the transfer from a Canadian credit union could take longer. If you check your ACORN account and do not see the payment listed on the Payments Report under the Financial Account tab, check again in a few days. There are daily updates from the bank to the University.
Credit Card Payments on ACORN The University of Toronto has partnered with Moneris (service provider) to provide students with an online non-refundable credit card fee payment option.  The Mastercard and Visa Canadian Dollar fee payment service is only available on ACORN and includes a separate and non-refundable convenience fee collected directly by Moneris. The credit card convenience fee is the non-refundable cost of making an online credit card fee payment.  This fee is billed at a rate of 2.25% of the fee payment amount and is paid directly to the service provider, Moneris, and not to the University of Toronto.  The convenience fee will be displayed as a separate charge on the online credit card payment receipt, and the card holder’s credit card statement.  The credit card statement description will be displayed as “STUD ACCTS – CONVENIENCE FEE”. Read other important information about credit card payments on the Student Accounts website.

You will need the following information to complete your online credit card payment transaction:

  • Mastercard or Visa card name and number, expiry date, and three digit security code on the back of the card
  • Cardholder billing address postal or zip code.

Step 1: Login at acorn.utoronto.ca with your UTORid/Joinid and password.

  • Select “Make a Payment” and then Select “Make a Payment by Credit Card”.
  • Read the information at the top of the Credit Card Payment form to ensure that this is the optimal payment option for you.

Step 2: Record the billing information

The “Email receipt to” field will be pre-populated by your utoronto.ca email address if it has been recorded on ACORN.  Otherwise you can record the email address of the credit card payment receipt recipient.

Step 3: Record the “Payment Amount (CAD)” and check the convenience fee amount.

Record the “Payment Amount (CAD)” and check the convenience fee that has been calculated for you. You can pay the ‘Maximum Payment’ amount or less.  The Maximum Payment is the total amount owed but may not be the amount owed for the purposes of registration, or post-registration fee payment deadlines.

View Payment & Service Charge Billing Deadlines.

  • If you decide that you prefer to make a fee payment without a convenience fee, you can back out of the transaction and make a payment by one of the other fee payment options.
  • If you are paying with a non-Canadian dollar denominated credit card, it is strongly recommended that the WU GlobalPay for Students payment option is used as this payment option offers competitive exchange rates with NO transaction fees. For more information on this payment option, view Making A Fee Payment Outside Canada

Step 4:  Read and check the disclaimer and click on “Make a Payment” button.

This will transfer you to the Moneris Online Credit Card Payment page.

Step 5:  Record “Cardholder Details”

  1. The convenience fee will be displayed again. If you do not wish to pay this fee, then you can back out of this screen and make your payment by one of the other fee payment options (see link in #5)
  2. Click “Process Transaction” to charge your credit card.
  3. A “successful” or “declined” email notification will be sent to the address recorded in the “Email receipt to” field.
  4. You will be redirected to the ACORN Payment History screen.

Step 6:  Check ACORN Payment History screen.

The ACORN Payment History screen displays both declined and successful credit card fee payments.

  1. Declined credit card transactions are listed on the bottom of the screen. Click on “Credit Card Declined” to view your online transaction receipt.  This may help you to see why the payment was declined and if not, contact your credit card company.
  2. Your successful credit card transaction will be immediately listed at the top of the screen and described as “Credit Card Payment-Awaiting Final Confirmation” and the “Invoice Session” will be TBA.

Click on “Credit Card Payment-Awaiting Final Confirmation” to view your online successful transaction receipt.

Step 7:  Check Credit Card Payment Email Message(s).

The receipt recipient will receive email notification(s):

  1. a)    If successful transaction, Moneris will send a Transaction Receipt message from STUD ACCTS CC PYMT-UOT TORONTO, and ACORN will send a U of T Credit Card Fee Payment Order Confirmation message from ACORN Help.
  2. b)    If declined transaction, Moneris will send a Transaction Receipt message from STUD ACCTS CC PYMT-UOT TORONTO.

Step 8: Login to ACORN in 2-3 business days.

Confirm that the “Credit Card Payment-Awaiting Final Confirmation” transaction on the “Payment History” screen has been replaced by a “Payment-ACORN Credit Card” transaction and the “Invoice Session” field displays the appropriate session value. This indicates that the credit card payment has been confirmed and recorded in your ACORN account.

HigherEd Points  Your family and friends can convert Aeroplan Miles and TD Travel Rewards Program points into $250 worth of credits towards your fees.The HigherEdPoints member will get a confirmation email once the transfer from HigherEdPoints to the University of Toronto is initiated (this may take up to 72 hours). It will then take 3-5 additional business days for the payment from HigherEdPoints to be transferred to the University of Toronto and recorded in your ACORN account. Visit for information about how to join, redeem loyalty points, and transfer the credits to the University of Toronto.  

International Payment Options

Western Union GlobalPay The University of Toronto has authorized Western Union Business Solutions to process incoming international student tuition and residence fee payments for the University of Toronto via WU GlobalPay for Students service. The University does not accept wire transfer payments. You pay the Canadian dollar fee payment in the currency of choice online or at a local bank at a competitive exchange rate and with NO transaction charges from WU GlobalPay or the University of Toronto. Payment options include Alipay, iDeal, NetBanking, POLIpayments, SOFORT, Tenpay, and Trustly. Read more information about international payment options on the Student Accounts website.

How it Works

Your local bank or online payment partner will transfer your local currency fee payment to Western Union, and Western Union will convert your fee payment into Canadian dollars and direct the payment to the University of Toronto. The payment will be converted by WU at the rate the student has locked-in and is guaranteed for 72 hours. The payment will then be delivered directly to the University of Toronto with student identification information within 2-3 business days. This is not a payment through Western Union Agent locations (except in the case of some payments from India). You are paying into a Western Union bank account, and then Western Union will deposit the payment in Canadian dollars into the University of Toronto bank account.

If your educational bank loan must be deposited directly into the University of Toronto’s bank account, the WU Global Pay for Students service will process your payment and deposit directly into the University of Toronto bank account. If your bank requires further assurance of this, you can email info.studentaccount@utoronto.ca to request a letter that confirms the process (please record ‘Educational Loan Payment Option’ in email subject line). Click on WU Global pay, then you will be transferred to a secure website and follow the instructions on how to complete the payment to a local banking institution in your currency of choice.

After Making a Payment

  1. Keep a receipt or proof of payment until it is credited to your ACORN account. Screenshots are acceptable if you made a payment online.
  2. Please allow 3-5 business days for your payment to process, and up to 14 business days for payments made outside of Canada.
  3. Check your ACORN account to ensure your payment has been credited. You will also see that your registration status is “registered” instead of “invited”. 

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*In the event of a discrepancy between what is posted here and what is posted on Student Accounts, please defer to Student Accounts.

Tuition Payment Deadlines

Pay Your Tuition and Fees by the Deadlines to Avoid Interest Charges*

  • If you registered with a student loan tuition deferral, your fall tuition and fees are due on September 30, 2022 and your winter tuition and fees are due on January 30th, 2023.
  • If you registered by making the minimum payment, then any remaining fall tuition and fees are due on September 30, 2022 and any remaining winter tuition and fees are due on November 30, 2022.
  • You will need to pay outstanding tuition and fees by the payment deadlines in order to avoid being charged interest.
  • View Other Restrictions on Past Due Accounts.

*In the event of a discrepancy between what is posted here and what is posted on Student Accounts, please defer to Student Accounts.

 
Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

  • The Accessibility Services team assists in navigating disability-related barriers to your academic success at U of T for your on-going or temporary disability. 
  • If you are seeking academic and/or practicum accommodations for the start of the fall term, the deadline for Student Intake Packages to be submitted to Accessibility Services is typically in mid-July. Check their website for details and deadlines. 

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Important Links

Last updated: July 15, 2022