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Physical Therapy Program

Vision Statement

Excellence and innovation in education, research and clinical practice in physical therapy, through strong academic, health care and community partnerships.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Physical Therapy Program of McGill University is to prepare collaborative health professionals who are experts in optimizing health, function and participation of individuals in society.  Faculty members and graduates promote knowledge translation and evidence-based practice through research and scholarly activities, and are leaders in professional, community and scientific domains.


Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
  • Preventing disease, injury and disability;
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations and participation restrictions;
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and
  • Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.

(Canadian Physiotherapy Association)

Physical therapists use exercise, physical modalities, manual therapy approaches, assistive devices and lifestyle management to help individuals obtain maximal functional potential. The physical therapist is a health professional who contributes to the multidisciplinary team through patient evaluation, treatment planning and delivery, education, research and consultation in clinics, industry and the community.  

The academic/clinical program in physical therapy consists of seven consecutive semesters over 18 months, following a qualifying year consisting of professional and interprofessional education courses in physical therapy. Clinical experience is provided in the teaching hospitals of the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, and other affiliated centers. The clinical affiliations completed over the 18 month program exceed 1,000 hours of clinic-based experience. The credit weighting for this program is 58 credits.

The Master of Science (Applied) Physical Therapy at McGill 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 - Partially Compliant’ was granted to the program on April 30, 2016 for the period until April 30, 2022.  A description of Accreditation Status – Partially Compliant follows:
Accreditation – Partially Compliant

- A program is in compliance with 80-100% of the accreditation criteria in at least four standards and 50-79% of the criteria in no more than two standards. 
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 This means there are some deficiencies for which progress towards compliance must be demonstrated in the next Progress Report.
- There could also be issues and weaknesses to improve upon and report backabout in Progress Reports.
- If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to probationary.
- If progress is made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to fully compliant.

* note that any newly developed program will be awarded this level of accreditation until a progress report is submitted after the graduation of two cohorts of students.

 

More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available here or at:

Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada
Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario N6J 1Y5
(250) 494-0677
www.peac-aepc.ca

Students may also enter an undergraduate BSc (Rehabilitation Science) program following a Quebec Collegial Program in Sciences or equivalent. Following graduation from this program, students may apply directly to the professional Master’s program without completing the qualifying year.

This program is also offered by extension at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQÀC)