Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Deg​ree Programs

Physical Therapy

​MS​​cPT​

Overview

The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to educating future and current physical therapists, advancing practice, fostering leadership, and contributing to our communities. They are improving the health of individuals through the discovery, application, and exchange of knowledge.

Contact and Address

Web: www.physicaltherapy.utoronto.ca
Email: physther.facmed@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-8641
Fax: (416) 946-8562

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Toronto
Room 160, 500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
Canada

Physical Therapy: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Agur, Anne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Berg, Katherine - BPT, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Brooks, Dina - BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Cott, Cheryl - DipP, BPT, MSc, PhD
Gibson, Barbara - MSc, BMR(PT), PhD
Jaglal, Susan - BSc, MSc, PhD
Mathur, Sunita - BSc(PT), MSc(PT), PhD
Nixon, Stephanie - BHSc(PT), BA, MSc, PhD
Patterson, Kara - BSc, BPT, MSc, PhD
Reid, Wendy Darlene - BMR(PT), PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Salbach, Nancy - BSc(PT), BS, MSc, PhD
Yoshida, Karen - BSc, BPHE, MSc, PhD
Zabjek, Karl - BSc, MClSc , PhD

Members Emeriti

Verrier, Mary (Molly) - DipOT , MHSc

Associate Members

Evans, Catherine - BSc, MSc, PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Hunter, Judith - BPT, MSc, PhD
Mori, Brenda - BSc(PT), MSc
O'Brien, Kelly - BSc(PT), BS, PhD
Switzer-Mcintyre, Sharon - BSc, BPHE, PhD
Yeung, Euson - BSc(PT), MEd

Physical Therapy: Physical Therapy MScPT

​Master of Science in Physical Therapy​

Program Description

The MScPT is a 24-month professional program leading to entry to practice. The program is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. Graduates will be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), administered by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, which qualifies them to practice physical therapy in Canada. Graduates will be eligible to register in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Colleges of Physiotherapy in all Canadian provinces.

The 12-month advanced-standing option allows eligible physical therapists with a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy to acquire the master's degree in an online environment with one on-campus residency. There is a strong focus on research and best practices integrated throughout the program.

 

MScPT Program (24-Month Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Physical Therapy's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants are considered if they hold an appropriate bachelor's degree with high academic standing from a recognized university, with a minimum mid-B average in the final year.

  • Prerequisite courses including human vertebrate physiology (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]); human anatomy (0.5 FCE), life and/or physical sciences (1.0 FCE); social sciences, and/or humanities, and/or language​s (1.0 FCE); and statistics or research methods (0.5 FCE). A minimum grade of B- (or 70%) in each of these courses, as per the grade recorded on the transcript, is required.

  • Proficiency in the English language 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. The department prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with minimum scores of:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)

    • Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

  • Applicants can apply online using the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS). Applications are accepted starting mid-October each year, with an early January deadline. Transcripts are due by the end of January. Exact deadlines are posted on the ORPAS website, in the ORPAS Instruction Booklet and on the Physical Therapy website.

  • Visit the Physical Therapy and the ORPAS websites for more information regarding application requirements and document submissions (e.g., confidential assessment forms, prerequisites, and the Computer Administered Profile exam).

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 18.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) over two years of continuous, full-time study.

  • Included within the program structure are 28 weeks of full-time clinical internships.

  • Students are required to complete all courses included in the required course list below.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

 

MScPT Program (12-Month Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Physical Therapy's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants who are eligible physical therapists will be considered if they have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree in physiotherapy with a minimum mid-B average in the final year.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed the national Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Examination (with the exception of individuals licensed to practice in Quebec) and be licensed for independent practice in Canada with a provincial regulating body.

  • Proficiency in the English language 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. The department prefers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with minimum scores of:

    • ​​​paper-based test: 600 with 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)

    • ​Internet-based test: 100/120 overall and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.​

  • Applicants can apply online using the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS). Applications are accepted starting mid-October each year, with an early January deadline. Transcripts are due by the end of January. Exact deadlines are posted on the ORPAS website, in the ORPAS Instruction Booklet and on the Physical Therapy website.

  • Visit the Physical Therapy and the ORPAS websites for more information on application requirements and document submissions (e.g., confidential assessment forms, prerequisites, and the Computer Administered Profile exam).

Program Requirements

  • Students must attend unit 6 PHT 1006Y (0.75 FCE) and unit 12 PHT 1012Y (1.0 FCE) in on-campus residency periods.

  • Students must complete unit 10 PHT 1010Y, a group research project, via online format (0.75 FCE).

  • Students must complete PHT 1016H Evidence Based Practice in Physical Therapy (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete an elective course (0.5 FCE) either online or on campus.

  • For information on units of instruction, please visit the website.

  • Students must complete the program option in an online environment. In addition, there are two mandatory on-campus residencies, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

Physical Therapy: Physical Therapy MScPT Courses

Required Courses

​PHT 1001H
Introduction to Professional Physical Therap​y Practice, Evaluation and Research​
​PHT 1002Y
Cardiorespiratory and Exercise Physical Therapy Practice​
​PHT 1003Y
​Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice
​PHT 1004Y
​Clinical Internship—Cardiorespiratory (Honours/Pass/Fail)
​PHT 1005Y+
​Neurological Physical Therapy Practice
​PHT 1006Y
​Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice I
​PHT 1007Y
​Clinical Internship—Neuroscience (Honours/Pass/Fail)
​PHT 1008Y​+
Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice​
​PHT 1009Y
​Clinical Internship—Musculoskeletal II (Honours/Pass/Fail)
​PHT 1010Y
​Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice II (Honours/Pass/Fail)
​PHT 1011Y
​Clinical Internship—Selective (Honours/Pass/Fail)
​PHT 1012Y
​Research and Program Evaluation for Physical Therapy Practice III
​PHT 1014Y
​Clinical Internship—Musculoskeletal (Honours/Pass/Fail)
PHT 1016H Evidence Based Practice in Physical Therapy

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Elective Course​

​PHT 1015Y
​Clinical Internship—Physical Therapy Practice (Honours/Pass/Fail) (PHT 1015Y may replace any one of
PHT 1004Y, PHT 1007Y, PHT 1009Y, PHT 1011Y, and PHT 1014Y.)