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Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Location

  • School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • 3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
  • Montreal QC H3G 1Y5
  • Canada
Directors

Director and Associate Dean – Annette Majnemer; B.Sc.(O.T.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)

Email: admincoord [dot] pot [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Director's Academic Associate – Sarah C. Marshall; B.Sc.(P.T.), M.Sc.(McG.)

Email: sarah [dot] marshall [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Academic Director, Physical Therapy – Judith Soicher; B.Sc.(P.T.), B.Sc.(L.S.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)

Email: profmasters [dot] pot [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Academic Associate Director, Physical Therapy – Liliane Asseraf-Pasin; B.Sc.(P.T.), Ph.D.(McG.)

Email: profmasters [dot] pot [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Academic Director, Occupational Therapy – Bernadette Nedelec; B.Sc.(O.T.), Ph.D.(Alta.)

Email: profmasters [dot] pot [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Academic Associate Director, Occupational Therapy – Aliki Thomas; B.Sc.(O.T.), M.Ed., Ph.D.(McG.)

Email: profmasters [dot] pot [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Academic Director, Graduate Programs – Isabelle Gélinas; B.Sc.(O.T.)(Montr.), M.Sc.(Virg.), Ph.D.(Rehab.Sc.)(McG.)

Email: graduate [dot] rehabilitation [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Academic Associate Director, Graduate Program – Laurie Snider; B.Sc.(O.T.)(McG.), M.A.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Tor.)

Email: graduate [dot] rehabilitation [at] mcgill [dot] ca

About Physical and Occupational Therapy

Part of McGill's Faculty of Medicine, we are proud of the outstanding academic environment that is offered to our students. The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy is situated on McGill University's upper campus in a gracious downtown area of the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec. The School offers programs in three areas: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Sciences (master's and doctorate). Two graduate certificate programs are also offered: Driving Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Management.

The School is internationally recognized for the excellence of its contribution to research in rehabilitation. Excellence in research and teaching is the foundation and tradition of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. The Faculty educates professionals and, through research, generates the body of knowledge that guides our professions to advance the health, function, and participation of the individual in society.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Rehabilitation Science (Thesis) (45 credits)
The full curriculum consists of approximately two years of study for graduates who hold a B.Sc. degree in one of the medical rehabilitation disciplines or a related field. The program consists of required and elective coursework, a research proposal, and a research thesis.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Rehabilitation Science (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The program requires three terms of full-time residence study and can usually be completed within three to four terms. It is designed for graduates who hold a B.Sc. (or equivalent) in Physical or Occupational Therapy or related health professions. Two years of clinical experience is recommended. The program trains health professionals to become consumers of research in order to promote evidence-based practice in rehabilitation science. The curriculum is made up of both required and elective courses and may also include a research project.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Physical Therapy (Non-Thesis) (58 credits)
The Master of Science, Applied, in Physical Therapy is a 58-credit program to be completed in 1.5 graduate years over five semesters, and includes four clinical practica of 1,050 hours in total, leading to professional licensure to practice. The educational approach is consistent with adult learning, self-directed learning, reflective clinical practice, and inter-professionalism. Strong links between academic and clinical fieldwork education are emphasized. Courses emphasize client-centred and evidence-based practice across the lifespan and health care continuum, and include health promotion from prevention of disability to rehabilitation. In addition to fieldwork, the program requirements include courses in advanced clinical practice, research methodology, and educational methodology. The master's project prepares the entry-to-practice physiotherapist to become an autonomous and effective professional through the acquisition of research skills.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Occupational Therapy (Non-Thesis) (58 credits)
The Master of Science (Applied) in Occupational Therapy program is a 58-credit program to be completed in 1.5 graduate years over five semesters and includes a clinical practicum of 1,000 hours leading to professional licensure to practise. The educational approach is consistent with adult learning and reflective clinical practice. The curriculum uses a case-based, problem-solving, self-directed approach across the lifespan. Strong links between academic and clinical fieldwork education are emphasized throughout the educational process. Coursework will focus on client-centred and evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, ethics, and professionalism as essential components for the development of a humanistic, ethical, knowledgeable, competent, critical thinking, and problem-solving Occupational Therapist. The master’s project is designed to develop research and scholarly skills.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Rehabilitation Science
This program consists of three to four years of study, on average, for graduates with master's-level training in one of the medical rehabilitation disciplines or a related field. The program consists of required and elective coursework, a comprehensive written examination, a research proposal, a doctoral thesis, and an oral defence.
Graduate Certificate in Driving Rehabilitation (15 credits)
The 15-credit postgraduate certificate program aims to train Occupational Therapists to assess the driving abilities and performance of at-risk populations, retrain drivers, recommend adaptive vehicles and adapt technical aids that will allow disabled individuals to return to driving and preserve their independence and quality of life. The program comprises five courses. The first two are offered online; the other three are a combination of online and intensive workshops.
Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management (15 credits)
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Physical and Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Thesis)

  1. A B.Sc. degree or equivalent in Physical or Occupational Therapy or a related field from a university of recognized reputation;
  2. Evidence of high academic achievement, equivalent to B standing, or a McGill CGPA of 3.0 (70–74%);
  3. Prerequisite courses may be required in statistics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology, neurophysiology, or other areas, depending on the student's anticipated specialization;
  4. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English, by appropriate exams, e.g., TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test, with each component score not less than 20 (School requirement), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall band score of 7.0;
  5. A GRE (Graduate Records Examination) Test is recommended for the following applicants: those who do not have a B.Sc. or equivalent from a Canadian university; those who have been out of university for five years or more. Only the GRE General Test is mandatory.

    Applicants must ensure that official test results are sent to McGill University directly by the testing service. Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available.

Note: McGill University's Institutional code for the TOEFL and GRE is 0935.

If a graduate student accepted into the M.Sc. program demonstrates superior performance in the first year, the Graduate Committee, in consultation with the thesis supervisor, may recommend waiving the M.Sc. thesis requirement, and allow the student to proceed directly to the Ph.D. program.

M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Non-Thesis)

1 to 5 as above; plus two years of clinical experience is recommended.

Qualifying Year for Entry into M.Sc.A. (O.T.)

  1. An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a university of recognized reputation;
  2. Same as point 2 in M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Thesis) above;
  3. No prerequisite courses;
  4. Same as point 4 M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Thesis) above;
  5. In the Applicant Statement on the web application, please describe your motivation, preparedness, suitability, and reasons for choosing the O.T. or P.T. Professional program;
  6. Knowledge of French is highly recommended. Variety of clinical placements is severely restricted for students who do not speak French;
  7. Successful completion of an interview to be held in May.

Qualifying Year for Entry into M.Sc.A. (P.T.)

  1. Same as Qualifying Year for Entry into M.Sc.A. (O.T.) above;
  2. Evidence of high academic achievement equivalent to a McGill CGPA of 3.2;
  3. See points 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 under Qualifying Year for Entry into M.Sc.A. (O.T.) above.

M.Sc.A. (O.T.)

A B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) majoring in O.T., or evidence of high academic achievement in Qualifying year for entry into M.Sc.A. (O.T.), equivalent to B standing, or a McGill CGPA of 3.0 (70–74%) is required.

M.Sc.A. (P.T.)

A B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) majoring in P.T., or evidence of high academic achievement in Qualifying year for entry into M.Sc.A. (P.T.), equivalent to B standing, or a McGill CGPA of 3.0 (70–74%) is required.

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science

  1. An M.Sc. degree in a rehabilitation-related discipline from a university of recognized reputation;
  2. Evidence of high academic achievement, equivalent to B+ standing, or a McGill CGPA of 3.3 (75–79%) is required;
  3. Proof of proficiency in English. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English, by appropriate exams, e.g., TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test with each component score not less than 20 (School requirement), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.
  4. A GRE (Graduate Records Examination Test) is recommended for the following applicants: those who do not have a B.Sc., M.Sc., or equivalent from a Canadian university; those who have been out of university for five years or more.

    Applicants must ensure that official test results are sent to McGill University directly by the testing service. Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available.

Note: McGill University's Institutional code for the TOEFL and GRE is 0935.

Graduate Certificate in Driving Rehabilitation

  1. A B.Sc. degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy or a related field from a university of recognized reputation;
  2. Evidence of high academic achievement, equivalent to B standing or a McGill CGPA of 3.0 (70–74%);
  3. See points 3, 4, and 5 under M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science above for more information on prerequisites, TOEFL, and GRE.

Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management

  1. A B.Sc. degree or equivalent in a health-related discipline from a university of recognized reputation;
  2. Evidence of high academic achievement, equivalent to B standing or a McGill CGPA of 3.0 (70–74%);
  3. See points 3, 4, and 5 under M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science above for more information on prerequisites, TOEFL, and GRE.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Curriculum Vitae – (except for M.Sc.A. (O.T.), M.Sc.A. (P.T.))
  • For M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Thesis and Non-Thesis) and Ph.D. in Rehabilitaiton Science: GRE is recommended for those who do not have a B.Sc., or equivalent, from a Canadian university, or those who have been out of university for five years or more. Only the GRE General Test is mandatory.
  • For M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Non-Thesis): two years of clinical experience is recommended.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Qualifying Year M.Sc.A.
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Feb. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
M.Sc.A. (O.T.) and M.Sc.A. (P.T.)
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Summer: Feb. 15 Summer: Feb. 15 Summer: Feb. 15
Graduate Certificate in Driving Rehabilitation
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: June 1 Fall: June 1 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A
Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: June 1 Fall: June 1 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: Oct. 15 Winter: Oct. 15 Winter: Same as Canadian/International
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A
Rehabilitation Science
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 31 Fall: Jan. 31 Fall: Jan. 31
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Note: Applications for Winter term admission will not be considered (except for Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management).
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

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