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Admission Requirements

Updated December 5, 2019


Application for admission into the 2020-21 academic year is now open.

The closing date for applications is January 8th, 2020 on the ORPAS site.

The last date for CASPer test is January 26, 2020.

Approximately 74 students are admitted annually to the Physical Therapy program. Applicants are selected on the basis of a strong academic record and the assessment of personal characteristics considered most appropriate for the study of Physical Therapy at Queen's University and the subsequent practice of Physical Therapy.

Applicants must have a four year baccalaureate degree and a minimum of a second class standing (70%+) from a recognized university. In addition, applicants must have completed a full year credit course in introductory psychology and courses with substantive content in statistics, human anatomy and physiology at the undergraduate level.

In addition to academic achievement applicants must show, through documentation of volunteer work, community service or personal experience, their strong interest in the profession of physiotherapy, knowledge of the profession and desire to work with people of all ages and abilities/disabilities. Two letters of reference and a personal submission (see below) are required.

Further details are provided below under Academic Requirements and Method of Selection.

General Requirements for Admission

Admission is restricted to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) prior to the closing date for receipt of applications.

Applicants who have resided in Canada or another English speaking country for less than three years as of the first day of the month of the term in which students are to begin must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score required: 250 for computer-based test; 94 for iBT.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - minimum score required: 80.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum score required: 8.

Candidates are not normally considered for admission with advanced standing or on a part-time basis. All students admitted to the program must be registered full-time for two years (24 months).

While a disability should not preclude consideration for admission, the disability must not be such as to prevent the student from communicating with patients and/or colleagues, making observations, gathering and analyzing data requisite to arriving at professional judgments, and carrying out physical techniques and activity components of patient care essential to the practice of physical therapy.

Students entering any training program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, are required to provide documentation of their two-step tuberculin skin test status, varicella serological status and immunization history for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, and Hepatitis B. Annual influenza immunization is also required for all students prior to clinical placements.

Students are advised to visit their Family Physician, Student Health Services or Public Health Office to be screened or to enter an immunization schedule. Vaccination occurs at the student's cost. For the Hepatitis B vaccine, documentation of receipt of all three doses by the physician or Health Unit as well as laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e., positive serology for the antibody to Hepatitis B surface antigen two to three months post vaccination [HBsAg]) is required to be submitted to the School. For students entering first year of a rehabilitation therapy program, this documentation is required in the first week of the program. For students who are anti-HBs positive, no further action is required. For students who are anti-HBs negative, screening for HBsAG is done; if they are HBsAg positive they are also screened for HBeAg. It is understood that Hepatitis B immunization may not be complete at registration, but all tests must be in progress.

To be eligible for admission, students must first have a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a minimum second-class standing (B-) from a recognized university.  Subsequent to this initial requirement, further academic requirements include cum-GPA and sub-GPA cut-off values and pre-requisite courses.

Positions are available for strong students with an interest in research who are accepted into the MScPT program at Queen's University to enroll in the doctoral degree program in Rehabilitation Science upon completion of their professional program. The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers a minimum stipend of $18 000 per year to all of its doctoral students. Further scholarship opportunities are also available. If you are interested in learning more about this possibility, please contact the Graduate Assistant, Rehabilitation Science. For information about Master and Doctoral level studies in Rehabilitation Science at Queen's click here.

All applicants to Physical Therapy must complete the Queen's Physical Therapy Personal Submission questions. In addition, two Confidential References are considered in the assessment of applicants. One of the Confidential References must be from someone holding an academic faculty position in a post-secondary university, who has taught you and is qualified to judge your academic ability. Positions such as Teaching Assistant/laboratory coordinator/athletic trainer do not qualify as academic referees. The second reference must be completed by a professional; someone who can judge your abilities and interpersonal skills from a non-academic perspective. It is highly recommended that this be someone from a health care setting such as a physiotherapist, or someone who supervised your work with people who have special needs. Neither of the Confidential References can be submitted by relatives or friends. Referees complete their assessment on-line. In addition to completing the form, referees are asked to provide specific comments with respect to the applicant's abilities. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the selected referees submit their assessment on or before the deadline for submission of applications.

Eligible students will have completed at the university level: courses in introductory psychology (1.0 full year credit), statistics (0.5 half year credit), and courses with substantive content in human anatomy and physiology (minimum 0.5 half year credit each):

Introductory psychology content must cover the basic areas of psychology including perception; cognition; learning and motivation and their biological substrata; development across the lifespan; individual differences; social psychology and behaviour disorders. Specialized/specific courses (e.g., sport psychology) are not acceptable on their own.

Statistics content must include statistical methods; probability theory; random variables; distributions; estimation; confidence intervals; elementary non-parametric methods; exploratory data analysis and hypothesis tests for one or two groups; simple linear regression and contingency tables.

Human anatomy and human physiology are the foundation of study in physiotherapy. Applicants may have taken these subjects within their undergraduate degree or as additional prerequisite courses. The equivalent of one full course in each of anatomy and physiology is recommended but a minimum of a 0.5 half year credit for each is acceptable. Combined anatomy/physiology courses are acceptable. Anatomy course content must be comprehensive, covering gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral, and neurological systems. Physiology course content must cover the principles of human physiology, including properties of the living cell and the internal environment; neural, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism; reproduction; and homeostasis. Exercise physiology is highly recommended as a supplementary physiology course but cannot be used as a required prerequisite.

In order to determine if your courses meet the prerequisite requirement, please check the Queen's Prerequisite Chart. Work to update this chart is ongoing and you will need Adobe Reader to see this. If your course is not included in the Prerequisite Chart, but it contains all of the required content listed above, please upload a course outline to ORPAS along with your application.

The second stage of the selection process involves the assessment of the Confidential References and the Personal Information Form. The application must demonstrate an informed career decision and the particular strengths, experiences, and abilities that the candidate would bring to the profession. Applicants are evaluated using a Personal Information Score based on the material in the application package.

All applicants to the Physical Therapy Program at Queen’s University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. 

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we aim to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements.

Booking your test: Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Canadian Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10201) and reserve a test using your ORPAS Identification number and a piece of government-issued photo ID. If you take the test in September, prior to opening of ORPAS application process, you will be asked to use you telephone number as your identification. (Further instructions regarding your ID are located on www.takeCASPer.com.) You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. The tests for the 2020 admission cycle will be open for registration July 2019.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the www.takecasper.com website.

About the test: The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at www.takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

IMPORTANT: CASPer test results are valid for only one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

All applications are first screened for prerequisite requirements. The first cut-off is based on both the grade point average of the most recent ten full-course credits of undergraduate university education (the Sub-GPA) and the cumulative converted grade point average (Cum-GPA; greater than or equal to 2.89) for all years of undergraduate university study. The actual cut-off mark is based on the applicant pool, but typically students entering the Physical Therapy program have a Sub-GPA of 3.68 or higher. Final ranking of applicants for offers and placement on the waiting list includes the Sub-GPA value and the Personal Information Score.

Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited university. Most Web-based and distance education courses are accepted.

Prospective applicants may complete summer courses and additional courses outside of their main degree in order to fulfill the pre-requisite requirements.

Applicants who have not completed a degree or pre-requisite requirements by the time of application may be granted conditional admission. Proof of satisfactory completion of the degree and/or outstanding courses must be provided by June 30th of the year in which conditional admission is granted.

No preference is given to applicants who have studied in any particular university program and no preference is shown to applicants with any particular level of training (i.e., undergraduate versus graduate degree). Place of residence and university where studies have been undertaken are not criteria in selection.

At this time, a personal interview is not part of the selection process for applicants to Queen's University Physical Therapy Program.

Offers of admission may be either accepted or declined. Admission cannot be deferred to a future year.

For information about fees please see the Office of the Registrar web-site at

http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/tuition-fees

The MScPT program is considered a professional program and therefore students are not eligible for all of the scholarships for which students in research graduate programs are eligible. Please check the details of any scholarship for which you intend to apply.

Information about financial assistance and awards can be found on the Queen's University site http://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/home

HOW TO APPLY

Application is made online through:
The Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Application Service (ORPAS).

 
The application materials at ORPAS are generally available to applicants in mid-October of each year at www.ouac.on.ca/orpas.  The deadline for applications is January for admission the following September. All application materials for entry into the MScPT Program must be submitted directly to ORPAS.

For Further Information please contact:

Admissions
Physical Therapy Program
School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Queen's University
ptadmissions@queensu.ca
613-533-6000 x 75448