About the Physical Therapy Program
The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers a twenty-four month program in Physical Therapy leading to a professional Master of Science in Physical Therapy MScPT degree. The Physical Therapy program prepares students to enter the physical therapy profession by supporting them to achieve the competencies required for physiotherapy practice. Students will leave the program prepared to work in various practice settings including public, private, and community settings. They will be prepared to provide client-centered interprofessional physiotherapy care for clients across the lifespan.
About the Physical Therapy Profession - Physical Therapy is a first contact, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to: improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance; preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions; and promoting health and wellness.
Regulation of Practice - All physiotherapists in Canada must be registered with the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body. Each jurisdiction has its own registration process. In Ontario, registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario requires successful completion of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) after completion of Masters degree in physiotherapy.
The Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at Queen's University has completed the accreditation review process administered by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). PEAC is an incorporated body under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and operates as the accrediting agency for physiotherapy education programs in Canada. The status of Accreditation – Fully Compliant for the period until October 31, 2024. A description of Accreditation – Fully Compliant follows.
More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at http://www.peac-aepc.ca/english/accreditation/levels-of-accreditation.php or by contacting Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, www.peac-aepc.ca
- A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
- There are no criteria in non-compliance.
- There could be identified concerns that the program must improve upon and report back about in Progress Reports.
- If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary at any time in the six year accreditation cycle.
Students - Important to Note
- If a program loses its accreditation status, its students may not be considered graduates of an accredited physiotherapy education program.
- Students must be considered graduates from an accredited physiotherapy education program in Canada in order to be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
- The program’s accreditation status is important to graduating students with regards to becoming licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada. It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (alliancept.org) for information regarding the process to become licensed as a physiotherapist in Canada following graduation.