Registration and Enrolment

Requirements for Registration

You must meet all of the requirements for registration before you will be permitted to register in the program. The requirements for registration are:

  • Full immunization
  • Valid certificate in standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Rescuer (C) level 
  • Police Services Vulnerable Sector Screening 
  • A signed Clinical Internship Catchment form
  • A completed WSIB form
  • Successful Safety Training results

Failure to meet the immunization, first aid, CPR, Police Services Vulnerable Sector Screening, and/or any other requirement(s) for registration may result in revocation of an offer of admission or cancellation of registration. If you have questions about the registration requirements, contact ptclined@utoronto.ca.

You must meet all registration requirements to participate in the program.

Immunization

You are required to be fully immunized before registering in the program. If you do not submit a completed immunization record, you will be suspended from clinical training until proper documentation is submitted. Returning students are required to submit an updated health form. Please read the instructions on the forms carefully for additional details. Keep a copy for your own records; clinical facilities may request a copy from you.

Influenza

The Ministry of Health and the Department of Physical Therapy strongly recommend the influenza vaccine. Clinical facilities encourage all staff and students to receive the influenza vaccine. If there is an outbreak and you have not received the influenza vaccine, you may be redeployed by the site or, when appropriate, dismissed from the clinical site for the safety of yourself and patients. If you are dismissed from your clinical internship for more than one week, your situation will be reviewed by the EAC. See the Attendance Policy. If your internship is delayed for any reason, it may postpone your graduation date, eligibility dates to complete licensing exams, and may have implications for tuition and fee charges.

First Aid and CPR

You must provide a copy of a valid certificate in standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Rescuer (C) level before being permitted to enroll in the MScPT program. It is suggested that you complete this course between August 1 of the year you are accepted into the program and the first day of class, regardless of when your current certification expires. These requirements are set by our clinical partners and must be met so that you are able to participate in clinical practice. You will be required to complete your re-certification again at the start of year 2 of the program. 

Police Services Vulnerable Sector Screening

As all physical therapy students undertake significant portions of their education in settings with exposure to vulnerable populations, you are required to complete and submit the results of a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check.

This process must be initiated through your local police service and must be completed prior to registration in the Physical Therapy 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 check 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.

The Department of Physical Therapy also requests disclosure of any convictions in any jurisdiction and/or any findings of professional misconduct.

The Department of Physical Therapy reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission or cancel registration based on a review of this information.

If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offence for which you have not received a pardon, you are strongly urged to consult with your provincial College of Physiotherapists for advice about eventual eligibility for registration to practice physiotherapy.

Clinical Internship Catchment Acknowledgment Form

You must submit a signed copy of the Clinical Internship Catchment Acknowledgment Form before you can register in year 1 of the program.

WSIB Form

You must submit a signed copy of the WSIB form prior to being registered in year 1 of the program.

Safety Training

Regulation requires health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Under Bill 18, anyone completing an unpaid work term is considered an employee and needs to complete Health and Safety Education Modules. You need to complete safety training modules and submit the following prior to being registered in year 1 of the program:

  • Hand Hygiene Module
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Module
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Module
  • Confidentiality and Privacy Module
  • Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • College of Physiotherapist of Ontario: Infection Control and Equipment Maintenance Standard
  • As verification of completion of these modules, you must submit:
    • 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

You may also be required to complete site-specific modules prior to starting an internship course.

Registration Process

Once you have completed the registration process, your status on ACORN will change from INVIT (invited to register) to REG (registered).  The department will enrol you in courses and you should verify your timetable on ACORN. If your status on ACORN has not changed to REG by the SGS registration deadline, you will be removed from classes, charged a late fee, and required to provide proof of payment to SGS before being allowed to re-register. 

If you need a letter confirming registration, complete the letter request and submit it to graduate.information@utoronto.ca

Year 1

To register for year 1 of the MScPT program, you must:

  1. Accept your offer of admission
  2. Clear the conditions on your offer of admission
  3. Meet the requirements for registration by submitting the following items before the first day of class:
    1. Full immunization record
    2. Valid certificate in standard first aid and CPR (level C)
    3. Police Services Vulnerable Sector Screening
    4. signed Clinical Internship Catchment form
    5. completed WSIB form
    6. successful safety training results  
  4. Make or defer your minimum tuition payment

Year 2

To register for year 2 of the MScPT program, you must:

  1. Submit the Year 2 Health Form
  2. Submit your CPR and first aid re-certification (required annually)
  3. Make or defer your minimum tuition payment

It is your responsibility to check your timetable on ACORN to ensure you are enrolled in the appropriate courses.

You are expected to be registered in the program on a full-time basis and complete the units according to the curriculum dates set for your cohort. The integrated nature of the curriculum does not allow for part-time study (or transfers into the MScPT from other programs).

If you anticipate being off-cycle for any reason or you need to change your timetable, you must obtain permission from the Graduate Coordinator and complete an Add/Drop form before the applicable add/drop deadline. If your ability to participate in the program is postponed for any reason, your expected graduation date may be delayed.

You must be registered on a full-time basis until all MScPT degree requirements (academic and clinical) have been completed.