GCOMPT Admissions

The GCOMPT program is undergoing changes and we are not currently accepting applications.

Inquiries: GCOMPT.admin@ubc.ca

Admission Requirements

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

  1. Candidates must hold an entry-level degree in physical therapy with a minimum B+ average (76%) in senior-level courses
  2. A minimum of 1 year of recent clinical experience in orthopaedic physical therapy and have completed a minimum of 20 hours of clinical mentorship (see below for details)
  3. Must be registered as a physical therapist 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.
    • Students who are aiming in the long term to emigrate and practice physiotherapy in Canada are responsible for organizing any travel documents or visas. Assistance with preparing for the national licensing exam is available through our department: Physio Refresh.

How to apply:

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 above to ensure you are eligible.

  1. Email GCOMPT.admin@ubc.ca to register your intent to apply to the GCOMPT program
  2. Send us the following documents:
    • 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. The transcripts received at UBC must be sealed by the issuing institution.
      • UBC graduates do not need to submit official transcripts for degrees/courses taken at UBC. Please notify the admissions team at GCOMPT.admin@ubc.ca if you are a UBC graduate.
    • Proof of registration (or eligibility) with the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC (previously CPTBC)
    • Letter from employer verifying 1-year experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. For recent graduates, the letter should confirm you are currently employed and expected to complete this requirement before you start the GCOMPT program.
    • Proof of clinical mentorship completion (minimum 20 hours direct with FCAMPT registrant).
    • If applicable, English Language test results must be sent directly to the Department of Physical Therapy. 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

Applications to the GCOMPT process may take several weeks to process. Our program will contact potential applicants to arrange an in-person or video interview.


GCOMPT tuition fees are based on a per-credit rate of 578.24 for domestic students (up to 21 credits). Students will also be assessed a lab fee of approximately $3,272.75. 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.

Still have questions? Email our team