Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Graduates of the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program promote 'Movement and Function for Life'. The first graduates, in 1964, received a "certificate course in Physical Medicine Therapy". Following multiple shifts through the years, the first class of the MPT program graduated in 2006. In 2007, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC was dissolved and The Division of Physical Therapy became the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine.
Using the Lifespan approach, the major areas of study in the 26 month MPT program include: basic sciences, clinical decision making, clinical practice (musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory), exercise and movement sciences, and rehabilitation research. Additionally, students experience a total of 1080 'hands-on' clinical hours over six clinical placements in diverse aspects of clinical care. The evidence-based curriculum is structured to promote critical thinking, develop problem solving skills, promote teamwork and collaboration, and empower students to be lifelong learners.
In a partnership between UBC and University of Northern British Columbia, and with provincial funding in place, a Northern and Rural Cohort within the MPT program was created in 2011/2012. This allows for expansion of the clinical education component of the MPT program to fulfill UBC’s role as BC's provincial Physical Therapy educational program, and to contribute to increasing clinical capacity in northern and rural areas of BC.
What makes the program unique?
The Department of Physical Therapy provides an outstanding learning environment and leads in innovative research to advance physical therapy practice globally. The Department is well known for its high standards and excellent faculty. Both academic and external faculty are recipients of prestigious teaching awards, providing an excellent learning environment.
The MPT Program has been accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, and has a strong relationship with the clinical community. The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia are involved in the planning and operations of the MPT program. Both organizations participate by teaching content related to regulation, professionalism, licensing and other topics that reflect the College and the professional association mandates. In addition, they support student involvement on their respective Boards and committees.
In 2009, the Fraser Health Authority and the Department of Physical Therapy established an agreement to enable the opening of the first student-run physiotherapy outpatient clinic in B.C. at Royal Columbian Hospital. This provides an exceptional opportunity for Physical Therapy students to advance their skills in an interdisciplinary setting while providing rehabilitation services to the community. Since 2009 other clinics have opened in a range of health care settings.
The MPT program is located in a state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Vancouver. Cameras and large screen monitors in labs allow for all students to have the best seat in the house when observing demonstrations of even the most detailed subjects. Additionally, students have access to a modern rehabilitation gymnasium which features state of the art exercise equipment with performance measurement capabilities.
Primary consideration is given to residents of British Columbia, those out of province students who have completed a Bachelors degree or higher in BC within the last five years, and applicants who are residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut. Applicants are considered BC Residents if they hold a currently valid BC CareCard or BC Services Card at the time of application to the program. Residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories are treated as BC residents and will be required to provide equivalent documentation to the BC residency requirement. By the application deadline, applicants must submit a scanned copy or photocopy of their BC CareCard or BC Services Card. The Admissions Office reserves the right to contact applicants for further information or documentation, if required, to clarify BC residency status. For information regarding this new card, please visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca.
We can currently accept up to 10% of all incoming students from out of Province.
Beginning with the September 2016 entrance, the Department of Physical Therapy will accept up to 8 international students per year into the Master of Physical Therapy program.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Criminal Record Check
Prior degree requirements
Recognized baccalaureate degree in any field (120 credits).
Prerequisites / Course Requirements
Prerequisite courses in Physics, English, Anatomy, Psychology, Statistics and Human Physiology.
70 volunteer hours or work experience with people with disabilities.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$2,032.81||$11,771.43|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Supplementary fees (once)||$114.00 Supplemental application fee|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$899.00 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This program has a graduation rate of 98% based on 196 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 303 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 2.33 years and the maximum time is 3.66 years with an average of 2.34 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].
Affiliated Faculty Members
Boyd, Lara (What therapies positively alter patterns of brain activity after stroke)
Campbell, Kristin (Exercise, cancer prevention, cancer rehabilitation, cancer survivorship, physical activity, biomarkers, energy balance, obesity )
Eng, Janice (Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord, brain)
Guenette, Jordan (exercise physiology, respiratory physiology, respiratory diseases, sport performance )
Hunt, Michael Anthony (biomechanics, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, physical activity, exercise)
Li, Linda (Patient help-seeking experiences , Shared decision-making, Patient self-management , E-health & digital media, Rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions in arthritis management , Health services research - knowledge translation and implementation)
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa (Healthy Aging, Mobility, Falls, Brain Healh)
Scott, Alexander (musculoskeletal, sports medicine, physiotherapy, physical therapy, orthopaedics)
Virji-Babul, Naznin (Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities (Down’s syndrome), Developmental neuroscience (mirror neurons, perception-action coupling) )