About Us

The UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Advancing physical therapy practice globally


The Department of Physical Therapy is well known for its high standards and excellent faculty. Both our academic faculty and our external faculty are recipients of prestigious teaching awards, providing an excellent learning environment. Our Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program has been accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. The MPT Program is recognized as one of the leading entry-to-practice programs in the country.

Our graduates are consistently successful on the national physiotherapy competency exam, and frequently achieve scores above the national average. Our evidence-based curriculum is structured to:

  • Promote critical thinking
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration
  • Empower students to be lifelong learners

In addition, student participation and feedback regarding the program and administration are encouraged. Close collaboration with the clinical community and professional bodies ensures that students can access high-quality clinical fieldwork and be able to participate in professional association and licensing body activities. As well, students have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are involved in diverse research initiatives involving both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Physical Therapy provides an outstanding learning environment and leads innovative research to advance physical therapy practice globally.

Tag Line

Movement and Function for Life.

With gratitude, we acknowledge that the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and its distributed programs, which include four university academic campuses, are located on traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of Indigenous nations throughout British Columbia.

We respectfully acknowledge that the UBC Department of Physical Therapy at the Vancouver-Point Grey academic campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and UBC operations in Vancouver more generally are also on the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).

We respectfully acknowledge that the University of Northern BC Prince George campus is located on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh (Klate-lee Ten-eh), who are part of the Dakelh (Carrier) First Nations.

Students gratefully complete their placement requirements on Indigenous territories in Indigenous nations of Indigenous people throughout British Columbia.