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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 - Fully Compliant’ was granted to the program on March 25, 2012 for the period until May 1, 2016.  A description of Accreditation Status – Fully Compliant follows:
·        A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards,
·        There are no deficiencies.

A Fully Compliant Status may also include situations where:
·        There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon,
·        Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC.   If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary.

The Master of Science (Applied) Physical Therapy at McGill does not currently have any deficiencies, issues or weaknesses to address.

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)