Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Overview

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.

 

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Physical Therapy
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Physical Therapy
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Meet a UBC representative

Master of Physical Therapy Info Session

UBC Centre for Brain Health, CBH 101
Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Time: 17:30 to 19:30
Have you ever thought about a career in physical therapy? Come join us to learn more about UBC’s Master of Physical Therapy program and how you go about pursuing a career in physical therapy. The information session will be followed by a Q&A. Please RSVP as space is limited. The program's Admissions Manager, Associate Head, and an MPT student will be in attendance.

Geographic Restrictions

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.

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.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Criminal Record Check

This program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

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.

Other Requirements

Minimum of 70 volunteer hours or work experience with people with disabilities.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 05 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 14 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2020

Career Options

The Master of Physical Therapy program in the Department of Physical Therapy graduates excellent practitioners and scientists. The combination of a solid evidence-based education, clinical placements, and interaction with outstanding faculty and clinical faculty ensures that graduates consistently score above average on national licensure exams, and become knowledgeable and effective practitioners and/or scientists in the private and public sectors.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,114.93$12,609.55
Program Fee$14,804.51$88,266.85
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Supplementary fees (once)$116.25 Supplemental application fee
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$300.00$0.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications342373351357330
Offers8384768789
New registrations7575728076
Total enrolment235237238239241
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.
 
 

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
05 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
14 December 2019

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry
 
 

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