Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy): 2021 Admissions
The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) offers two 90-credit undergraduate degrees which provide access to the 63 credit Master of Science (Applied) in each discipline; one for Occupational Therapy and one for Physical Therapy. These two programs provide the student with a basic health sciences foundation and undergraduate level courses specific to the practice of Occupational Therapy or of Physical Therapy. The programs' curricula emphasize clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, community rehabilitation, teamwork and professionalism as essential components for the development of a humanistic, ethical, knowledgeable, competent critical thinking and problem-solving occupational therapist or physical therapist. Applications for these programs are only accepted for fall admissions.
Upon successful completion of the respective undergraduate programs, students are eligible to apply to the Master of Sciences (Applied) in Occupational Therapy or in Physical Therapy. A place in the respective Applied Master's program is reserved for each student in the final year Bachelor of Science, Rehabilitation Science, degree, provided that minimum academic standards and other requirements as determined throughout the final year are met. This 1.5 year Master's program provides eligibility to apply for license to practice.
Admission to the undergraduate program in occupational therapy or in physical therapy is based on academic assessment, a CASPer score and French requirement. Academic requirements are dependent on several factors, such as your level of education and where you received your education. Please consult the Undergraduate Requirements page for information on prerequisites, academic standards, and other admission requirements/specifications.
Undergraduate admissions are handled centrally by McGill Undergraduate Admissions. For questions related to applications and admissions such as: supporting documents, how to apply, specific requirements, deadline dates, and decisions please direct your questions to this area.
If you are a a student from a CEGEP program, a mature student (over 23 years of age), an applicant from out of province, international applicants, or current university students wishing to transfer programs, you may apply to the undergraduate program.
If you are an applicant with a completed university degree you have two options to enter the Occupational therapy or Physical Therapy programs: the Bachelor of Science, Rehabilitation Science, undergraduate degree or the Qualifying Year program.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all requirements are prior to their respective deadlines.
All applicants to the undergraduate programs, including McGill inter-faculty transfers, are required to submit recent CASPer Test scores (Canadian Professional Health Sciences). CASPer test dates can be found on the test provider's web site. CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Answers to some frequently asked questions are provided below and in The CASPer Guide
What is Casper?
CASPer is an individual online test that assesses for non-academic competencies and interpersonal characteristics that are important for successful students and graduates of our programs; it complements the other elements in our applicant selection process. The competencies and characteristics include:
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 video or text-based scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of 3 probing questions within a total of 5 minutes; each response is graded by a different rater.
How do I register for CASPer?
Applicants must manually register on takecasper.com, have their identification validated, and reserve a test time that matches their choice of program(s) and application cycle. Please see The CASper Guide for more information.
When are the CASPer Testing Dates?
For a full list of test dates, please consult the CASPer website.
- Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.
Note: you are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.
Can I have access to my test results?
No. Unfortunately, CASPer's results are never disclosed to the person being tested.
What are the technical requirements?
In order to take CASPer, you are responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements.
After signing up for the test, you will be able to check your system requirements on the CASPer website before your test date.
How can I prepare for CASPer?
Because it is a test of your personal characteristics and non-academic competencies, no studying is required for CASPer. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the test structure and technical requirements by exploring the sample CASPer content at https://takecasper.com/ and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
Applicants should have:
a) motivation to become a health professional
b) knowledge of the field
c) good communication skills
d) good interpersonal relationship skills
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
Can I take CASPer in English or French?
Applicants to a SPOT program requiring CASPer can take the assessment in either English or French.
- It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
The language does not need to be the same as the one you used to submit your application, or the one you prefer for interviews.
Note that other universities or programs may require you to take CASPer in a specific language; consult the relevant institutions directly for more information before selecting your test language
Can I have access to my CASPer test results?
No. Unfortunately, the results of CASPer are never disclosed to the person being tested.
What is the fee for CASPer?
See Dates and Fees for details.
Are accommodations available for applicants with disabilities?
Yes. Follow the procedure to submit a formal request to accommodate applicants with disabilities at support [at] takecasper.com. Requests and documentation must be provided at least 3 weeks in advance of the testing date.
Technical problems or other questions regarding CASPer?
Use the support button on takecasper.com or email support [at] takecasper.com