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Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy MSc(PT)

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    Physical Therapy students completing lower extremity exam.
    Back: Karen O'Neil (left), Nathanael Tsang (right).
    Front (from left to right): Jared Maynard, Emma Plater, Prof. Randy Booth.
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The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers a twenty-four month program in Physical Therapy leading to a professional Master of Science (PT) degree.

Our mission is to provide an outstanding learning environment for the education of future physical therapy professionals. With critical enquiry and evidence-based practice as the foundation, the program promotes the acquisition of advanced academic knowledge, skills and behaviours that are essential for a primary health care provider in a complex and continually evolving health care environment.

The overall aim of the program is to ensure that the graduate has the ability to provide leadership within a changing health care environment and acquire the essential competencies of a practicing physical therapist.

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 successful completion of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) is required for registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Accreditation

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–Probationary was granted to the program on October 15, 2018. A description of Accreditation–Probationary follows.

Accreditation–Probationary

  • A program is non-compliant in a CORE criterion OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 50% of the accreditation criteria in one standard OR
  • A program is in compliance with less than 80% of the accreditation criteria in more than two standards OR
  • A program fails to demonstrate progress in addressing the identified concerns in its required Progress Report(s)

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.

More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at: http://www.peac-aepc.ca/english/accreditation/levels-of-accreditation.php

*PT accreditation status

About the Physical Therapy Program

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, disabilities and limits to participation; and promoting fitness, health and wellness.

Physical Therapy

This 24 month program prepares students to enter the physical therapy profession. The client-centred curriculum progresses from single system problems in the mid lifespan to more complex problems and situations occurring at the extremes of the lifespan spectrum. Students are exposed to representative conditions and the various contexts in which physical therapists work, from the public system to private and community based settings.