MClSc - Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a listing of some of the most commonly asked questions by prospective students.
I have not been in university for a number of years and am having difficulty getting two academic references. Can I ask someone else to complete the letter of reference?
- Students who have not been in school for more than five years may use a person who is not affiliated with a university (non-academic) reference for one of their letters.
I wish to apply to the manipulative therapy field and have completed my level II upper and lower courses; however, I will not have 2 years clinical experience at the time of my application. Can I still apply?
- Students can still apply but the admission committee does consider the amount of clinical experience as a criteria for selecting successful applicants.
If I complete my online application by the first week of March but required transcripts and letters of reference are not available until later, what will happen to my application?
- Applications will not be considered by the admission committee until they are complete.
- Starting March 1, the limited spots that are available in the program will be filled by students who have provided complete applications.
- Students are strongly encouraged to have applications complete at least two weeks prior to the deadline (March 1) to allow sufficient time for other requirements (transcripts, reference letters) to be delivered to the School of Physical Therapy.
When can I expect to hear whether I have been accepted into the program?
- The admission committee will review completed application files beginning mid-March each year. This committee makes recommendations for admission to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), which reviews required documents to confirm all requirements. Provided all requirements have been met, SGPS will send out a letter of offer of admission by email to the applicant directly. This typically occurs in late May.
How do I know whether you have received all of the required components of the application and my application is complete?
- Students may contact the MClSc Program Assistant at any time to check on the status of an application.
Am I eligible to apply as an international student?
- Admission is not offered to international students. All applicants must be licensed health care professionals in Canada.
I received training in Canada, but am working abroad. Am I still able to participate in this program?
- A requirement of this program is that students must complete clinical mentorship hours at an approved clinical site. This requires students to have current registration with the appropriate College and have malpractice insurance that is applicable to their chosen clinical site(s).
- Students with advanced standing who are not required to take the clinical mentorship course (eg. already have FCAMPT or specialized wound care courses and experiences) may request special consideration to enter the program.
If English is not my first language what do I need to do?
- Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency; the TOEFL or an IELTS is recommended. A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based), 105 (internet-based), 260 (computer-based) or an IELTS score of 8 is required.
- Students who, after admission, show an inadequate command of spoken or written English must improve their proficiency to the satisfaction of the School of Physical Therapy.
- Students may be asked to withdraw from the program if their command of English interferes with their ability to provide quality professional services.
- Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
I am exempt from a number of the courses of this program. Am I still responsible for the full-time graduate tuition fees?
- All MClSc students pay the same graduate fees. Those students involved in the mentorship program, are levied a fee in addition to graduate fees.
When and where do I provide proof of Malpractice Insurance?
- Please bring a copy of your Malpractice Insurance with you on the first day of orientation.
Are there any additional fees outside of my tuition fees for the school year?
- Mentorship fee of $500 per term.
Will I have access to computer resources after class hours?
- Students have access to Elborn College and the computer labs at all times during residency periods.
How much time am I expected to devote to the program?
- Students must be registered as full-time graduate students in the MClSc program within the School of Physical Therapy.
- Students are encouraged to continue to work clinically (part-time) during the program in order to be able to incorporate new knowledge and skills into their clinical practice.
- Students can expect to devote at least 20 – 30 hours/week to program related activities (i.e. studying, reading, assignments etc).