Excellence and innovation in education, research and clinical practice in physical therapy, through strong academic, health care and community partnerships.
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 April 30, 2017 for the period until April 30, 2022. A description of Accreditation–Fully Compliant follows.
Accreditation – Fully Compliant
• A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
• There are no criteria in non-compliance.
• 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 at any time in the six year accreditation cycle.
Students – Important to Note
- If a program loses its accreditation status, its students may not be considered graduates of an accredited physiotherapy education program.
- Students must be considered graduates from an accredited physiotherapy education program in Canada in order to be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
- The program’s accreditation status is important to graduating students with regards to becoming licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada. It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (alliancept.org) for information regarding the process to become licensed as a physiotherapist in Canada following graduation.
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
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.