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Physical Therapy Program

Vision Statement

Excellence and innovation in education, clinical practice and research 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 reflective and collaborative professionals who are skilled in clinical reasoning and the use of evidence to optimize health, function and participation of individuals in society, and who can assume leadership roles in professional and scholarly activities including the transfer of best evidence to clinical practice.

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.

There are no pre-requisites to enter the professional Master’s Degree program. 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 Professional Master’s Program has received accreditation status by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada.

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) (http://programmes.uqac.ca/1520). Also see McGill in the Community for more information.