GCOMPT Admissions

The Application Deadline is May 31, 2023

Admission Requirements

Admission is on a competitive basis. The following is the minimum criteria for entry:

Candidates must hold an entry-level degree in physical therapy with a minimum B+ average (76%) in senior-level courses. Candidates must also have a minimum of one year of recent clinical experience in orthopaedic physical therapy, and have completed 30 hours of clinical mentorship in manual therapy (see below for details). Candidates must have successfully completed the Level II Upper and Lower courses and examinations in the Canadian Physiotherapy Orthopaedic Division Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy program, or the equivalent. Candidates must be physical therapists registered in British Columbia. A courtesy registration for out-of-jurisdiction therapists can be obtained from the College of Physical Therapists of B.C. Malpractice insurance is mandatory. Please review the minimum English requirements.


The following is a summary of the steps you need to take to complete your application for the certificate program. If you have not done so already, review the section Admission Requirements to ensure you are eligible.

1. Ask your current or previous academic institution(s) to send us the following:

A copy of your official transcripts. These records must be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. Please submit copies from each college and/or university you attended (or are currently enrolled). If these are not in English or French, please provide an official translation. If this requires opening a transcript, please order an extra one for yourself for this purpose. The transcripts received at UBC must be sealed by the issuing institution.

If you are a UBC graduate please contact us regarding transcript requirements.

2. Send us the following documents:

  1. Proof of registration (or eligibility) with CPTBC
  2. Letter from employer verifying 1-year experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  3. Proof of Level II exam completion.
  4. Proof of clinical mentorship completion (10 hours direct and 20 hours indirect, with FCAMPT registrant).

3. If the language of your entry-level PT degree was not English, ask the testing centre to send your English Language test results directly to us.

Transcripts and English language test results must be mailed directly to us at the address below. Other materials may be mailed or emailed.

Mailing Address 
Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
2177 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
V6T 1Z3
Contact Information
Email | GCOMPT.admin@ubc.ca
Tel |604 822 1353
Fax | 604 822 1870

Applications to the GCOMPT process may take several weeks to process. Potential applicants will be contacted by our program to arrange an in-person or video interview.

Total course and lab fees for GCOMPT (21 credits) were $15,113 for domestic students for the 2022 September start. These fees are subject to small, annual increases approved by the UBC board of governors and will be updated here when available.

(Students are also responsible for paying some student fees to the UBC Alma Mater Society, some of which can be opted out. Information on those fees can be found on the UBC Academic Calendar (part-time schedule).

Students are also responsible for any costs associated with travel to and from UBC, any costs associated with their clinical mentorship, and maintaining professional registration including appropriate insurance liability.


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