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THE SCHOOL AND ITS PROGRAM

Why choose the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy?

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy is known for its:
a) dynamic, cosmopolitan, multicultural environment;
b) undergraduate and Postgraduate  educational programs;
c) energetic, dedicated Faculty;
d) excellent library and learning facilities;
e) enthusiastic, involved students;
f) tradition of excellence in education, research and service.

What programs are available?

The following programs are available:

Undergraduate degrees

BSc Rehabilitation Science - OT (3 years)
BSc Rehabilitation Science - PT (3 years)

Graduate degrees
MScA Professional Masters - OT (2.5 years)
MScA Professional Masters - PT (2.5 years)
MSc Rehabilitation Science (2 to 2.5 years)
MSc Rehabilitation Science - Non-Thesis (2 to 2.5 years)
PhD Rehabilitation Science (3 to 5 years)

Certificates
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:
a) Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Hospital
b) Jewish General Hospital
c) Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital
d) Shriner's Hospital
e) 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:
a) strong scientific basis
b) interdisciplinarity nature
c) integrated clinical and basic science experience
d) small group teaching and attention to students
e) early & varied clinical fieldwork placements including international placements
f) opportunities for elective specialty courses
g) opportunities for research experience

What can I expect? Where do therapists work? What personal qualities are important for applicants?

Applicants should have:
a) motivation to become a health professional
b) knowledge of the field
c) good communication skills
d) good interpersonal relationship skills
e) initiative
f) an interest in community involvement
g) creativity and originality
h) intellectual and cultural interests
i) capacity for self-development
j) interest in life-long learning

 

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAMS

How do I apply for the Qualifying Year for the MScA programs on the online application form?

Within the online application form:

Application type: Degree, certificate or diploma
Term: FALL (YYYY)
Department: Physical and Occupational Therapy
Program: Qualifying for MScA
Area of study: (OT or PT)
Status: Full Time

What supporting documents do I need to supply?

Applications will be considered upon receipt of:

a) The completed online application form;
b) Payment of the application free;
c) A complete curriculum vitae (CV) (for the web application);
d) Applicant statement of purpose (on the web application);
e) Unofficial transcripts to be uploaded for every university program completed and in progress
f) 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.
g) Test results (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS), if required.

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)).

The minimum allowable score on the TOEFL is 90 points, with a minimum score of 21 points in each section. The minimum allowable score on the computer-based test is 250 or 100 on the internet-based test with each component score not less than 20.

For the IELTS a minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required.

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:

Enrolment Services
3415 McTavish St.,
McLennan, Library Building,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8

All admission information into the Professional Master’s Program is available online at professional-masters admissions at www.mcgill.ca/spot/admissions.

Where do I send my supporting documents?

Most supporting documents are to be uploaded directly to uApply 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:

Enrolment Services
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) must be a maximum of 500 words. In it, the candidate should describe his/her:
a) Motivation;
b) Preparedness;
c) Suitability;
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 make 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 Master's 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 with uApply. When you complete, make payment and submit your uApply application, a link will be emailed to the referees that you listed in your application form. The referee will be provided with a 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));

The minimum allowable score on the TOEFL is 90 points, with a minimum score of 21 points in each section. The minimum allowable score on the computer-based test is 250 or 100 on the internet-based test with each component score not less than 20.

For the IELTS a minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required.

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:

Enrolment Services
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.

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:

Enrolment Services
3415 McTavish St.,
McLennan, Library Building,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8

When will the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) be held?

Interview will be held on May 14th for Physical Therapy applicants and May 15th for Occupational Therapy 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?

Academic achievement
R score = approx. 30-32
CEGEP or equivalent level science courses:
    2 General Biology with labs
    2 General Chemistry with labs
    Organic Chemistry
    2 Calculus
    2 Physics with labs

What are the admission criteria to the MScA 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:

a) Completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a university of recognized reputation.
b) 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 preference is given to those who have taken university level courses in anatomy, physiology and sociology.
c) An applicant Statement of Purpose (on web application).
d) A complete Curriculum Vitae (CV) (on web application).
e) Successful completion of a ten-station Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) to be held in May.
f) Test results (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS), if required.

What cGPA and other requirements do I need to get into the Master's 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?

There are various options available to you:
a) A limited number of entrance scholarships are offered to students who are entering university for the first time.
b) Financial assistance based on need may be arranged through the McGill Student Aid Office http://www.mcgill.ca/studentaid/

What are the Application Deadlines?

Please see information on admissions deadlines at www.mcgill.ca/spot/admissions.

 

 

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 Master’s Program are admitted through the Qualifying Year. In other words, they are required to apply to the Qualifying Year.

If accepted into the Qualifying Year, am I guaranteed a spot with the MScA 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 MScA OT or MScA PT program will then proceed to year one of the Professional Master’s program.

I heard that the OT and PT Professional Programs would no longer be offered at a BSc 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 MScA OT or MScA PT degree to be eligible for professional licensure which is necessary to practice as an OT or 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 BSc Rehabilitation Science majoring in OT or PT and then continue on to the MScA Professional Master’s in 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 it takes:
a) 3 years - 90 credits for the BSc Rehabilitation Science then
b) 1.5 years – 58 credits for the MScA OT or PT.
After this you will be eligible to work as an OT or PT, once you are licensed by a professional order.

For a student who already has a Bachelor's Degree:
a) 8 months - 30 credits for the Qualifying Year then
b) 1.5 years – 58 credits for the MScA OT or PT.
After this you will be eligible to work as an OT or PT, once you are licensed by a professional order.

When did the new OT and PT Programs start?

The programs started in:
a) Fall 2007 for the BSc (Rehabilitation Science) OT and PT
b) Fall 2008 for the Qualifying Program (prior to entering the MScA OT or MScA PT)
c) Summer 2009 for the MScA OT or MScA PT.

Have the requirements for entry from CEGEP into the BSc Rehabilitation Science Degree Programs changed?

No, the prerequisites remain the same: biology, calculus, chemistry, and physics.

How are the BSc Rehabilitation Science OT or PT Degrees different from the previous BSc Programs?

Some of the major differences include:
a) There are no clinical affiliation courses in this degree. There are 1000 hours of clinical work in the new MScA OT or MScA PT Degree Programs.
b) 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 one 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:
a) apply into the Qualifying Year, which is followed by the MScA Programs in OT or PT
b) 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 MScA OT or MScA PT 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). Note: If you are applying to the Master’s program in Occupational Therapy please note that working knowledge of French will be an advantage. If you are applying to the Master’s 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 BSc Rehabilitation Science OT or BSc Rehabilitation Science PT Degree?

Students are required to complete 60 credits of a 90 credit program to receive a BSc 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 MScA OT or MScA PT 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 MScA OT or MScA PT Programs if I first have to do a Qualifying Year?

The total time will be 7 consecutive semesters (approximately 26 months). After the Qualifying Year is completed, 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 MScA OT or MScA PT Programs?

Applicants to the MScA Programs via this route will make up between 20%-50% of the class or about 15-35 students.

If I already hold a BSc OT or BSc PT Degree, may I enroll in the Professional Masters Degree Program?

If you are applying to Occupational Therapy, the answer is: students with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Non-Canadian institutions may apply to the Qualifying Year and will follow the regular admissions process.

If you are applying to Physical Therapy, the answer is: no. If you already have a degree (BSc OT or BSc 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 MSc (non-thesis) and MSc (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.