THE SCHOOL AND ITS PROGRAM
Why choose the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy?
The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy is known for its:
1. dynamic, cosmopolitan, multicultural environment
2. undergraduate and Postgraduate educational programs
3. energetic, dedicated Faculty
4. excellent library and learning facilities
5. enthusiastic, involved students
6. tradition of excellence in education, research and service
What Programs are available?
BSc (Rehabilitation Science) majoring in OT or PT (3 years)
Professional Degrees in Occupational or Physical Therapy:
M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) (5 semesters, leading to practice)
Non-professional Degrees in Rehabilitation Science:
1. M.Sc. (non-thesis) in Rehabilitation Science (2 - 2.5 years)
2. M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (2 - 2.5 years)
3. Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science (3 - 5 years)
4. Graduate Certificate
• Assessing Driving Capabilities
• Chronic Pain Management
For the Professional Programs, where do students receive their clinical education?
Many of the clinical sites are from within the McGill teaching network, for example:
1. Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Hospital
2. Jewish General Hospital
3. Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
4. Shriner's Hospital
5. McGill University Health Centre:
- Montreal Chest Institute
- Montreal Children's Hospital
- Montreal General Hospital
- Montreal Neurological Institute
- Royal Victoria Hospital
- Centre Hospitalier Pierre Janet
- Centre Réadaptation la Ressourse
Under special circumstances, the sites may extend to facilities located across Canada and internationally.
What is special about the Curriculum?
The Curriculum is known for its:
1. strong scientific basis
3. integrated clinical and basic science experience
4. small group teaching and attention to students
5. early & varied clinical fieldwork placements including international placements
6. opportunities for elective specialty courses
7. opportunities for research experience
What can I expect? Where do therapists work? What personal qualities are important for applicants?
Applicants should have:
- motivation to become a health professional
- knowledge of the field
- good communication skills
- good interpersonal relationship skills
- an interest in community involvement
- creativity and originality
- intellectual and cultural interests
- capacity for self-development
- interest in life-long learning
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAMS
How do I apply for the Qualifying Year on the online application form?
Within the online application form:
Application type: Graduate
Term: Fall (selecting the Fall term confirms the Qualifying Year)
Department: Physical and Occupational Therapy
Program: M.Sc.A.(P.T.) or M.Sc.A.(O.T.)
What supporting documents do I need to supply?
Applications will be considered upon receipt of:
1. The completed online application form
2. $100 application fee
3. A Complete curriculum vitae (CV) on web application
4. Applicant statement of purpose (on the web application)
5. Unofficial transcripts to be uploaded for every university program completed and in progress.
6. Two (2) letters of reference, originals on official letterhead, from individuals who have known the candidate in an academic or work-related capacity. Letters from relatives of the candidate are not accepted. There is no form that is required to be filled out by your referees. A link will be sent to referees that have been identified on the application form. The referee will be prompted by email to use this link to upload the letter of reference.
7. Test results (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS), if required.
a. Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in English from a recognized foreign institution must submit proof of competency in oral and written English (e.g., Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS));
b. Minimum score of 90 points on the TOEFL, with a minimum score of 21 points in each section; Minimum score of 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the internet-based test with each component score not less than 20; IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.
c. Appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL or IELTS office. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their scores are sent to enrolment services at this address: 3415 McTavish St., McLennan, Library Building, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8.
All admission information into the Professional Masters Program is available at professional-masters admissions
Where do I send my supporting documents?
Most supporting documents are to be uploaded directly on the application form. If supporting documents needed to be sent (like TOELF, IELTS or GRE results, applicants are responsible for ensuring that their scores are sent to enrolment services at this address: 3415 McTavish St., McLennan Library Building, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8.
Is there a word limit for the Applicant Statement of Purpose?
If you are applying to the Occupational Therapy Qualifying Year the applicant statement of purpose (included on your web application) has no word limit. In it, the candidate should describe his/her:
d. reasons for choosing OT Professional Program.
If you are applying to the Physical Therapy Qualifying Year the applicant statement of purpose (included on your web application) must be a maximum of 1000 words.
In it, the candidate should:
a. Describe the journey that has brought you to the decision to apply to the program
b. Tell us about the attributes you think you have that makes you a good candidate
c. Tell us what you know about the profession, how it fits within the healthcare system, and what you think are the challenges and opportunities that the profession faces.
How will my CGPA be calculated?
CGPAs are calculated electronically once your university transcripts are received. The minimum required cumulative GPA for entry into the professional Masters program is 3.0. If lower, then your cGPA from your last two years of full-time studies will be considered and should be above 3.2. The following link provides detailed information on GPA calculation guidelines for graduate admissions: http://www.mcgill.ca/files/gps/gpaguide.pdf.
How should the reference letters be submitted?
Reference letters can only be submitted electronically. A link will be sent to referees that have been identified on the application form. The referee will be prompted by email to use this link to upload the letter of reference.
Is it necessary for my referees to fill out a form to accompany the reference letter?
The department does not require referees to fill out a form to accompany the reference letters.
How do I know if I must submit additional test results?
Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in English from a recognized foreign institution must submit proof of competency in oral and written English (e.g., Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS));
a. Minimum score of 90 points on the TOEFL, with a minimum score of 21 points in each section; Minimum score of 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the internet-based test with each component score not less than 20; IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.
b. Appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL or IELTS office. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their scores are sent to enrolment services at this address: 3415 McTavish St., McLennan, Library Building, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8.
Those who do not have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a Canadian university and those who have been out of university for 5 years or more may be asked to complete the GRE (Graduate Records Examination) TEST if deemed necessary to support our recommendation for admission.
NOTE: For enquiries about Graduate Records Examination, please contact GRE Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540. Telephone: (609) 683-2002, Website: www.gre.org. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their scores are sent to enrolment services at this address: 3415 McTavish St., McLennan, Library Building, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C8.
is link to upload the letter of reference.
When will the interviews be held?
Interview will be held on May 14th, 2013 for the Physical Therapy applicants and May 16th and 17th, 2013 for OT applicants. Applicants are expected to keep their calendar open for interviews and to attend on the date and time specified.
What are the admission criteria for students applying from CEGEP?
>>R score = approx. 30-32
>>CEGEP or equivalent level science courses:
2 General Biology with labs
2 General Chemistry with labs
2 Physics with labs
What are the admission criteria to the M.Sc.A. Program if I already have a Bachelor's Degree?
If you already have a Bachelor's Degree, you must complete a Qualifying Year before applying to enter the Masters of Science Applied OT or PT. The admission criteria for the Qualifying Year are:
1. Completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a university of recognized reputation.
2. Academic achievement - minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 / 4.0 for the OT program or a minimum cumulative GPA 3.2./4 for the PT program Your Bachelor's Degree can be from any discipline or program but a background in anatomy, physiology and sociology are an advantage.
3. An applicant statement on web application
4. A complete Curriculum Vitae (CV) on web application.
5. Successful completion of a ten-station multiple mini interviews to be held in May 2013.
6. Test results (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS), if required.
What CGPA and other requirements do I need to get into the Masters Program from the Qualifying Year?
You need to successfully complete the Qualifying Year (QY) maintaining the required minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 / 4.0.
Can I get Scholarships and Financial Assistance?
TThere are various alternatives:
A limited number of entrance scholarships are offered to students entering university for the first time
>> Financial assistance based on need may be arranged through the Student Aid office http://www.mcgill.ca/studentaid/
What are the Application Deadlines?
PPLICATIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
- Applicants interested in our undergraduate programs, please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/admissionsguide/
- University applicants from in Canada and all others, verify at: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/physical-and-occupational-therapy-0
THE NEW CLINICAL PROGRAMS: MASTERS OF SCIENCE APPLIED OT OR PT
Am I eligible to enter the Professional Masters Program?
Only applicants with a Rehabilitation Science Undergraduate Degree in Occupational or Physical Therapy from McGill and current Qualifying Year students may apply directly to the Professional Masters Programs. Graduates of Undergraduate Degree Programs seeking to enter the Professional Masters Program are admitted through the Qualifying Year.
If accepted into the Qualifying Year, am I guaranteed a spot with the M.Sc.A. Program?
Students who successfully complete the Qualifying Year with the minimum required cGPA of 3.0, and who submit an online application form for entry into the M.Sc.A.(O.T.)/M.Sc.A.(P.T.) will then proceed to the Professional Masters Program.
I heard that the OT and PT Professional Programs would no longer be offered at a B.Sc. level?
Correct. The Undergraduate Degrees offered by the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy will be "non-practicing" degrees. You will need to complete the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) Degree to be eligible for professional licensure in order to practice as an OT or a PT.
What do these changes to the OT and PT Programs mean for me if I want to apply?
If you are coming from CEGEP, it means that you will need to complete the B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science)majoring in OT or B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) majoring in PT and then, continue on to the M.Sc.A. Professional Program in either OT or PT.
How long does it take to graduate from the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.)?
Typically, for a student entering from CEGEP:
-3 year - 90 credits for the B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science)
-18 months – 58 credits (5 consecutive semesters) for the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.)
After which you will be eligible to work as an OT or PT, once you are licensed by the licensing body.
For a student who already has a Bachelor's Degree:
-8 months (2 semesters)- 30 credits
-18 months – 58 credits (5 consecutive semesters) for the M.Sc.A.
After which you will be eligible to work as an OT or a PT, once you are licensed by the licensing body
When did the new OT and PT Programs start?
The programs started in:
>> Fall 2007 for the B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) OT and PT
>> Fall 2008 for the Qualifying Program (prior to entering the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.)
>> Summer 2009 for the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.)
Have the requirements for entry from CEGEP into the B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) Degree Programs changed?
No, the prerequisites remain the same: biology, calculus, chemistry, and physics.
How are the B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) OT or PT Degrees different from the previous B.Sc. Programs?
Some of the major differences include:
>> There are no clinical affiliation courses in this degree. There will be 1000 hours of clinical work in the new M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) Programs.
>> This will be 90-credit program completed over 6 semesters. In the first two years of the programs, students will take more general courses, more complementary courses, and will have approximately 1 OT or PT course offered by the School per semester. During the third year of the program all the courses will be OT or PT courses.
What happens if I already have a Bachelor's Degree in another area and want to apply to become an OT or PT?
If you already have a Bachelor's Degree you may:
>> apply into the Qualifying Year, which is followed by the M.Sc.A. Programs in OT or PT
>> after which you will be eligible to work as an OT or PT, once you are licensed by the licensing body.
If I already have a Bachelor's Degree, are there prerequisite courses for entry into the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) Programs other than those that I would take in the Qualifying Year?
No, you can have a Bachelor's Degree from any discipline or program. However, knowledge of anatomy and physiology is required. If your undergraduate degree did not include courses in human anatomy or human physiology, it is your responsibility to prepare yourself by taking on-line courses or to pursue self-study opportunities (resource list: http://www.mcgill.ca/spot/programs/pt/professional-masters).
If you are applying to the Masters Program in Occupational Therapy please note that working knowledge of French will be an advantage.
If you are applying to the Masters Program in Physical Therapy please note that knowledge of French is highly recommended. Variety of clinical placements is severely restricted for students who do not speak French.
If I already have taken courses at the undergraduate level, can some of those courses be credited to decrease the time it takes to get my B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) OT or B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science)PT Degree?
Students are required to complete 60 credits of a 90 credit program to receive a B.Sc. Degree from McGill. This means that you might be able to get prior courses credited. This process is complex and depends on factors such as when and where you completed the course, whether the course is equivalent to a McGill approved course, and the final grade you received for the course. Also the curriculum follows a progression so that before being promoted to the following year, all courses in a particular year or section have to be passed in good standing. You cannot combine courses from more than one year in the same year of study.
Can I complete the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) Programs on a part-time basis?
No, this is a full-time program of study.
Can I transfer between programs?
Once accepted into one program, you cannot switch to the other program. Students are admitted into either OT or PT and cannot transfer between the programs.
How long will it take to graduate from the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) Programs if I first have to do a Qualifying Year?
The total time will be 7 consecutive semesters (approximately 26 months). The Master's Programs will begin in the summer session with two 7 week clinical courses.
How many students who already have a Bachelor's Degree will be accepted into the M.Sc.A.(O.T.) or M.Sc.A.(P.T.) Programs?
Applicants into the M.Sc.A. Programs via this route will make up between 20%-50% of the class or about 15-35 students.
If I already hold a B.Sc. OT or B.Sc. PT Degree, may I enroll in the Professional Masters Degree Program?
If you are applying to the Occupational Therapy, the answer is: Students with Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Non-Canadians institutes may apply to the qualifying year and will follow the same admission process.
If you are applying to the Physical Therapy, the answer is: No. If you already have a degree (B.Sc. OT or B.Sc. PT) then you already have the credentials for professional practice. If you wish to obtain a Master's Degree, there are two other Master's Degrees offered in the School through the Rehabilitation Science Program - the M.Sc. (non-thesis) and M.Sc. (thesis).
Why have the OT and PT Programs moved to a Master's Degree?
The scope of Occupational and Physical Therapy practice has grown in the last 50 years to the point that higher level education is required. Most programs in the United States and Canada have already moved to entry-level Master's Programs. Graduate-level education will enable our graduates to be more autonomous professionals in order to meet the changing needs of practice.