In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program, prospective students must meet the minimum requirements listed below. Admission is competitive and only 55 students are admitted each year. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Applications are accepted beginning October 17, 2013
- The last day to submit an application is January 10, 2014
- Offers of admission are sent out beginning in mid-May
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- A four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university
- Two standard letters of reference (with one being an academic reference)
- R1 and R2 reference forms (PDF) are available from the ORPAS application package
- Applicants who first language is not English must show evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language
- Minimum scores: TOEFL - 105 IBT with a minimum of 23 on the speaking component and no other section score below 20; IELTS minimum score of 8
Successful completion of the following unviersity-level courses, or equivalent is required for students to be considered for admission. For non-Western courses, full courses are generally definied as six credit, full-year courses. Half courses are three credit, half-year courses.
- 1 full course (or 2 half courses) in general or introductory science
- This may include physical science (biology, chemistry or physics) or life science/health science (anatomy, physiology, biomechanics)
- 1 half course in English or writing with a minimum 1500 words of essay writing completed at a university in a country where English is the first language
- Course must have an ENGL or WRIT prefix
- A defended master's thesis from a Canadian university would also fulfill this requirement
- Essay courses from other academic departments will not be accepted
Social Science/Liberal Arts
- 1 full course (or 2 half courses) in social science (psychology, sociology, economics, history, geography) or liberal arts (languages, fine arts, philosophy, ethics, classical studies, film studies, comparative literature, humanities, music, dance, visual arts)
- A full course in English or writing cannot be used to fulfill both the English/Writing and Social Science/Liberal Arts prerequisites
- 1 half course in human, mammalian, or vertebrate physiology (e.g. Western Physiology 1020, 1021, 2130, or equivalent)
- Animal physiology and invertebrate physiology are not accepted
- Combined courses (e.g. human anatomy and physiology) will be given credit only for the human physiology component of the course (i.e. half credit for a full year course and a quarter credit for a half year course)
- 1 half course in statistics (e.g. statistics, research methods, or research design
A calculation of the grade point average (GPA) for admission purposes will be completed based on an applicant's final 60 units of university academic study (i.e., the equivalent of 10 full courses or 20 half courses) completed by December 31 of the fall term preceding the application deadline. It will include summer, part-time, intersession, distance education and undergraduate university courses taken beyond the four-year undergraduate degree.
For applicants currently enrolled in the fourth year of a bachelor's degree program, this calculation will start with the applicant's final fall term grades (completed by December 31) and will move back in chronological order based on the order of courses listed on the transcript. Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 10 full courses, the average of that year (e.g., applicant's second year) will be used. Western does not include graduate degree course work, practicum/activity-type courses, Bachelor of Education, certificate or diploma program courses or courses with non-convertible grades (e.g. pass/fall) in the GPA calculation. Exchange program grades are included in the admission GPA if they are convertible.
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- All applicants are encouraged to have some interaction working with individuals with physical and/or cognitive limitations
- Examples of such interactions might include volunteer or paid work in a hospital, physical therapy clinic, group home, camp or school for physically or developmentally challenged individuals.
- Applicants are required to have two referees complete a standard letters of reference.
- One of the Confidential Assessment forms must be completed by an individual who holds an academic faculty position in a university, who has taught the applicant, and who is qualified to judge his or her academic ability.
- Positions such as a Teaching Assistant or Athletic Therapist/Trainer do not qualify as academic referees.
- The second confidential assessment form must be completed by someone who can judge the applicant's performance and interpersonal skills from their perspective as a physical therapist, employer or somone who supervised the applicants working with persons with special needs.
- It is recommended that neither of the Confidential Assessment forms be submitted by either relatives or friends of the applicant.
- There is no interview in Western's admissions process.
- Prospective applicants may complete summer courses and part-time academic year courses in order to fulfill the prerequisite course requirements.
- All prerequisite courses must be either complete, or in progress, by the ORPAS admission deadline (early January).
- Any prerequisite course in progress as of the admission deadline must be completed by August 31, 2014. Please use the online Prerequisite Form to list your prerequisites.
- World Education Services (WES) evaluation of transcripts and degree equivalency is required for all internationally educated applicants. These reports will be used only as a reference in the assessment of admission eligibility.
- Internationally-educated physical therapists:
- The two-year program requires full-time study. Applicants should ensure that they are capable of being full-time students.
In order to protect the health of patients and health care workers, including health care students, clinical education facilities have specific medical and non-medical requirements for all of their employees. Students in the MPT program are required to submit valid documentation regarding health status, immunization and other medical and non-medical documentation, upon admission to the MPT program. These must be completed by a specified date during both first and second years of the MPT program in order for students to participate in clinical placements.
All students admitted to the MPT program at Western University must obtain documentation of a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). The VSS must include a search of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database. The VSS can typically be obtained through the local police department.
Students are responsible for any costs incurred to fulfill these requirements. Information about this is distrubuted to students accepted into the program.
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Applications to the MPT program are coordinated by Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs (ORPAS) and are handled online. The online application includes the submission of official transcripts and a personal submission. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all parts of the application file are completed. It is recommended that applicants provide their referees with a stamped, addressed envelope to facilitate this process. The School of Physical Therapy will not contact applicants whose application files are incomplete.