Programs

The University of British Columbia’s Physical Therapy Department includes four degree programs, a certificate series and an Internationally Educated Physiotherapy program (IEP), which provides training to assist internationally educated physical therapist for success in completing the Physiotherapy Competency Examination.

Our Masters of Physical Therapy program (MPT) is our professional entry level program training the next generation of clinicians.  Physical therapists specialize in the assessment and treatment related to movement. For a more thorough understanding of physical therapy as a profession and physical therapists’ role please refer to the following websites:

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC)

Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)

The Department also offers training for the research oriented student, enabling students to acquire a Masters of Science (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, as well as receive post-doctoral training.  Faculty supervision is of the highest quality and provided by internationally recognized experts in several fields from neuroscience, orthopaedics, oncology, knowledge translation and others.

The MPT/PhD program provides am option for outstanding students with an interest in both clinical and research training relevant to physical therapy. The MPT/PhD program is designed to provide students flexibility in the completion of their concurrent clinical and research training, and to integrate their clinical and research learning, resulting in an accelerated completion time (approximately 5 years).

The online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals and to enhance interdisciplinary practice. Unlike traditional thesis-based research master’s programs, the MRSc is a combination of courses and a work- or practice-based research project. The MRSc allows you to obtain a master’s degree without interrupting your work.

Also offered online is the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation. This program is targeted to working health professionals and is delivered entirely online. The program consists of five courses that give participants the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and skills required for best practice in rehabilitation. Some learners who are not sure about taking a full master’s program will try one of these courses first and most continue on to do the online Master of Rehabilitation Science.  These courses may also assist internationally educated therapists meeting certain educational standards required by the Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic and Manipulative Therapy is offered as a mix of online and hands-on instruction . Graduates of this program (typically taken over a 2 year period part time) will be eligible to apply for CAMPT status as an advanced practitioner of manual therapy. The GCOMPT courses may also be taken for credit towards an MRSc degree.