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 70 students are admitted each year. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Western University is committed to increasing access to postsecondary education for Aboriginal learners. This commitment involves offering accessible admission pathways for Aboriginal applicants. The purpose of this Aboriginal Admission Access Category is to encourage applications from Aboriginal* individuals while offering these individuals once they become students with extended academic, personal, and cultural supports necessary for transition and success.
*Aboriginal is defined based on the Canadian Constitution Act 1982 as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people in Canada.
Up to 2 spots are reserved for Aboriginal students who are Canadian citizens and who have fulfilled the necessary admission requirements. Consideration will be given to Aboriginal applicants with a GPA (as calculated by ORPAS) of 3.4 or higher. An applicant must self-identify him or herself as an Aboriginal student on the online ORPAS application and must provide documentation to ORPAS of Aboriginal status.
Application Process: 2-Step Process
To ensure that the Aboriginal Admission Access Category is available to Aboriginal applicants, Western requests:
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. All prerequisite courses must have been completed in the previous seven years with a minimum grade of 70% achieved.
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.
If you have the necessary prerequisites, you will be considered eligible for admission. Place of residence, program of study and university where studies have been undertaken are not criteria in the selection process.
Admission decisions are based on a strong, overall admission package consisting of:
Successful applications generally exhibit:
Admissions decisions made by the School of Physical Therapy are final and not subject to appeal.
NOTE: The Admissions Committee may need to contact applicants during the selection process. Information will be sent electronically to the address that was used to apply through ORPAS. It is important that applicants configure their email settings to accept messages coming from @uwo.ca addresses. Applicants are encouraged to check their junk/spam mail folders often to ensure important information is not missed during this time.
All students admitted to the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at Western University must obtain and submit documentation of a police 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. This is a requirement of the program and affiliated health care facilities prior to completing clinical placements. Conviction of a criminal offence may affect a student’s ability to obtain the necessary clinical placements for successful graduation from the Master of Physical Therapy program.
Questions or concerns regarding the mandatory VSS requirement should be directed to: Ann MacPhail - Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program may be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including but not limited to hepatitis B, TB, HIV) and therefore must meet the Ontario, Ministry of Labour policies and guidelines for the protection of workers. Students accepted into the MPT program will be sent complete documentation regarding mandatory medical and non-medical requirements (e.g. policies, immunizations, vulnerable sector screening (VSS), CPR-HCP, first aid, MTCU-WSIB student coverage, infection control, and others as specified by the program). Upon admission, students are required to obtain and provide documentation of immunizations including: 2-step tuberculosis, varicella, MMR, pertussis, tetanus/diphtheria, polio and flu vaccinations, and others as specified by the program. Medical and non-medical requirements need to be updated during the 2nd year of the program. Without the required immunizations and documentation, students may/will be unable to obtain the necessary clinical placements for successful graduation from the MPT program.
In November 2014, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The Bill increases protection for unpaid workers, which includes students completing clinical placements. Students admitted to the MPT program must meet all Bill 18 requirements as specified by each affiliated health care facilities and the MPT program prior to completing clinical placements.Students are responsible for any costs incurred to fulfill medical, non-medical and Bill 18 MPT program and clinical site requirements (approximately $600 – $1000).
Questions or concerns regarding mandatory immunizations, infection control or other non-medical/Bill 18 requirements should be directed to: Ann MacPhail - Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, email@example.com
All students entering the Master of Physical Therapy program must be prepared to participate fully in scheduled human cadaver anatomy labs.
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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.