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Master of Physical Therapy – North

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COVID-19

 

COVID-19

Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation and all plans are subject to change in response to updates in public health guidelines.

Courses will be delivered through a blend of online and in person learning in order to maintain the quality of the education and structure of our curriculum: lectures will be delivered online (some synchronously and some asynchronously), and clinical skills will be delivered in person.

MPT classes are mandatory for all students.

It is the responsibility of each student to respect COVID-19 safety guidelines both on campus and at home. Our approach will be based on the current guidelines and direction of the UBC Faculty of Medicine, the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

All MPT Students are expected to be on their respective campus 5 times per week.

The Department does not grant deferrals and this will continue to be our policy moving forward as we adapt to meet COVID-19 safety protocols. For more information about deferred admissions, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral studies website.

Orientation week will take place as scheduled from August 31st to September 4th in an online format. As such, those in the MPT-N cohort will not need to travel to Vancouver for this event. All students will need to be on their respective campuses for the start of classes. Please note all students will be required to pay MPT program fees during Orientation week (in the amount of approximately $1200).

Students will be able to apply for their UBC Card as of mid-July. Once you submit your online application, you will receive an email when the order is ready for pick up. Confirmation emails will direct students to pick up their card at a curbside pickup location on the Northside of the UBC Bookstore. Further details on obtaining your UBC Card will be provided during Orientation Week.

No, tuition rates will be assessed as approved by the Board of Governors in December 2019. Please visit the Awards, Loans, and Tuition FAQ page for more information about UBC tuition during COVID-19.

Our policy regarding PPE has yet to be determined. We will continue to monitor the situation and PPE may be available if required by provincial guidelines.

Please refer to UBC’s response to COVID-19 for general information and resources. The Department will also host a webinar to talk about upcoming changes and to try to answer as many questions as possible. Students will be notified via their UBC email with the exact date and time for the webinar.

Application

Admission to this program is extremely competitive. Due to limited staffing and the high number of applicants, unfortunately the Department of Physical Therapy cannot provide individual advising, either through email, phone, or in-person. Please thoroughly review our detailed website for all admissions related questions.  If you feel your question is not answered by our website, please email your question to mpt.admissions@ubc.ca.  Although we will respond as efficiently as possible, please note there may be a considerable delay in responding to your email. Thank you for your understanding.

No. The department will only review transcripts, qualifications, and other documentation once an applicant has submitted an online application during the admissions period

For the application process, transcripts, proof of residency documentation and prerequisite forms will NOT be accepted by mail.  You MUST upload an official copy of your transcript(s) for each post-secondary institution you have attended, your proof of residency documentation and your prerequisite form onto your online application. If you are offered a place in the MPT program you will be required to send official copies of your transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended (excluding UBC) directly to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies prior to commencing the program.

No. All recognized degrees that meet the requirement of 120 credits/units or equivalent are treated equally with regards to the admissions process. Admissions will be based on the calculated admission GPA, the practical experience of the applicant, and interview performance (if the applicant is offered an interview).

All applicants apply through the online application provided by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-graduate Studies. Applications will typically open up every year on October 1st and will be closed by January 5th. Each application cycle of October 1st through January 5th will be for the following September. For further details please see the Welcome and Timeline section of our website.

  1. a) Graduate Application Fee (Faculty of Graduate and Post-graduate Studies)
    The Faculty of Graduate and Post-graduate Studies require a non-refundable application fee for each department you apply to. The online application accommodates credit card payment via Visa or MasterCard for this fee.

Current Graduate Application Fees:

  • Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $104.00
  • International Applicants: (CDN) $168.25
  1. b) Supplemental Application Fee (Department of Physical Therapy)
    The supplementary application fee is to be paid at the time of application submission.

Current Supplemental Application Fees:

  • All Applicants Canadians: (CDN) $116.00

*Application fees cannot be deferred and are valid for only one application year. Fees cannot be refunded once an application has been submitted.

No. Your academic references must be able to speak to your academic performance and abilities while you were studying at a post-secondary academic institution. References received from high school teachers, Principals, or guidance counselors will not be accepted for any reason.

No. All references must be submitted either electronically through the online application system (for academic references) or directly by mail or courier to the Department (for practical experience references). If any reference letter is delivered to the office in person by either the applicant or the referee, it will be discarded.

You can find a copy of the academic reference form that your academic referees will be asked to complete on the Required Application Documents section of our website.

You can download the Practical Experience Reference Form from our Required Application Documents section of our website. Applicants should give the form to the individual who is prepared to provide a report on your 70 hours of volunteer/paid work practical experience working with individuals with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

The MPT program is a full-time, 26-month program.

You can download the Practical Experience Reference Form from our Required Application Documents section of our website. Applicants should give the form to the individual who is prepared to provide a report on your 70 hours of volunteer/paid work practical experience working with individuals with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

Application dates and deadlines may vary from year to year. Please review the Welcome and Timeline section of our website for updated important deadline dates.

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will have their application evaluated for interview consideration. The MPT program is highly competitive and only qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. The selection of interview candidates is based on a review of an applicant's overall application for admission as well as MPT admissions GPA ranking. If an applicant's overall application and MPT admissions GPA is deemed to be competitive, they may be invited to participate in an interview. The overall admission decision will be based on a combination of an applicant's overall application for admission and performance in the interview, which allows candidates to showcase their personal qualities and experience.

All applicants who are interviewed are ranked on a combination of their MPT admissions GPA and their interview scores to determine a final ranking. This, in combination with an assessment of an applicant's overall application for admission, will be used to determine which applicants are given a conditional offer of admission for MPT program. Applicant's offered admission to the program will be required to send official copies of their transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except UBC or UBC-O) to the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies. Final approval for admission will be granted by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies.

Deferral of admission is not normally granted. Applicants are advised to apply to the MPT program during the year that they are able to attend.

Applicants are welcome to re-apply. Re-applicants to the MPT program are evaluated the same way as first-time applicants.

No, however, a maximum of 3 interviews may be offered to any one applicant over a lifetime. If after 3 interviews, an offer of admissions is not made, applicants will no longer be offered an interview with the department, regardless of the competitiveness of the admission GPA achieved.

Please refer to this webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding program tuition fees.

Applicants being offered admission must inform the department of their intention to accept and also pay a non-refundable deposit fee of CAD $300.00 by the offer deadline date. This fee will be deducted from the tuition following registration and entry into the program. Applicants who are offered a spot in the program will be sent an email detailing their acceptance, as well as a deadline for when they must notify the department if they plan to attend.  Applicants who do not respond by that deadline may have their offer rescinded and the spot offered to the next individual on the waitlist.

No. The MPT program begins in the Fall of year one and continues over 26 months. All students must complete all courses and advance from term to term. There is no provision for transferring into the program or for the credit of previously studied courses.

The MPT program is intensive and demanding. Each student has a personal method of time management and varying priorities. Most students in the program find it difficult to manage part-time employment.

While we do not technically have a cutoff GPA, we do have minimum admission requirements that must all be met in order to be considered for an interview. While an applicant’s calculated GPA is reviewed and included in the ranking, we do have a holistic approach to admissions, meaning that we look at all aspects of an individual’s application. Please note that admission to the MPT program is very competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Prerequisites

No. We will only accept 3 credits of exercise physiology towards the prerequisite. The other 3 credits must come from a course or courses in overall Human Physiology course, such as UBC's CAPS 301 or a combination of KIN 190/191, with an additional 3 credits of Human Physiology, such as an exercise physiology course.

Advanced physiology credits are any university level exercise physiology course or an upper level (300,400, or above) human physiology course examining human physiological systems.

No, we will only accept 3 credits of advanced or exercise physiology toward this prerequisite. The other 3 credits must come from a course that covers basic/introductory physiology. Joint human anatomy and human physiology courses usually fulfill this requirement provided they cover the required content and the applicant has taken both courses.

You will indicate on the prerequisite form which course you would like used, the number of credits the course has been granted, the course title, the University where the course was taken, the completion date and the final grade received.  These courses will be used by the Admissions Department in the admission GPA calculation, as long as the courses selected meet the program's prerequisite requirements.

No.  We will use the course and session indicated on the prerequisite form as long as the course meets the requirements.

No.  If you are missing any prerequisite courses, the application will not be considered for an interview offer.

No, courses do not expire.

Aboriginal Admissions

Be a Canadian citizen who declares themselves to be of Indigenous descent (First Nations, Metis or Inuit).  Acceptable proofs of ancestry include:  photocopy of a Indian Status Card or Tribal Enrolment Card, Métis Membership/Citizenship Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal Corporation Number or Inuit Registry; or a letter from an official representative of the applicant's First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council; Inuit land/territory organization; Métis settlement or community organization; or a recognized Aboriginal organization, or another form of identification that is deemed acceptable with consultation from the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.

If you do not have any documentation as listed above, you must contact the Physical Therapy program directly, at mpt.admissions@ubc.ca, to discuss this further.

Residency

No. Applicants who have graduated from or who are currently attending UBC do not have priority or preference over applicants from other post-secondary institutions within British Columbia.

Clinical Placements

There are 6 clinical education placements during the course of the program with each placement lasting approximately 5 weeks. Student Placements are organized to ensure each student has experience in several of the diverse areas of physical therapy practice. Placements occur around the province and at least two of these placements will be outside the Lower Mainland or in the case of those students who are in the Northern Rural and Remote cohort, four of the six placements will be outside of the lower mainland. Students are responsible for all living expenses (including accommodation costs) during out of town placements; a minimal stipend for travel is available only for those students who are in the Northern Rural Cohort. With the possible exception of an elective placement, student placements are assigned by the department and are non-negotiable.

No. Due to regulations outside of the control of UBC, we are not able to send students to other Canadian provinces for placement.

Applicants are recommended to call the Physiotherapy Association of BC (604) 736-5130 to acquire about current information for salaries in various sectors of the profession. The PABC website may also provide salary information.

Master of Physical Therapy-North

Yes, an instructor will always be present in both locations.  There will be two full-time instructors, and Clinical Skills Assistants (CSAs) will also be on both sites when needed.  The ratio of instructors and CSAs to students will be equal at both sites.

Clinical skills are formally examined using an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) format.  All students will be assessed the same way, regardless of location – OSCEs will be delivered in person, not via video conference.  Informal clinical skills assessment and learning will also be delivered in person.

In addition to having full time technical and classroom support staff at both sites for every lecture and lab, Instructors will be provided with training to teach in this format.  The student experience is designed to be very similar to traditional non-distributed classroom learning, and minimal training will be required.  Please note that the MPT Program has successfully delivered a distributed block of courses (linking classes at UNBC and UBC) each summer for the past seven years.  Additionally, the UBC Undergraduate Medical Program has been distributed across sites and using this technology/learning format for a number of years with great success.

The majority of the content will be delivered through distributed learning technologies.  In courses with a greater emphasis on clinical skills, the format will often be similar to the following: a lecture will be delivered via VC, then sites will move into small groups to practice skills learned with in-person instructors and CSAs, then all sites will return to VC to discuss questions / receive additional lecture content.

The learning experience will be equal for MPT-N and MPT-V students, classes will be structured the same at both sites.

All lectures will be streamed so that students experience the same content/learning regardless of location.

Both sites will have the same exceptionally high-quality instruction/teaching.  The CSA to student ratio will be equal at both sites (for example, if there are four CSAs for the 80 students in Vancouver, there will be one CSA for the 20 students at UNBC).  We do expect that the smaller class size at UNBC will create a fantastic classroom dynamic as students will have ample opportunity to interact with all their classmates.

No. While your preference is factored into the allocation of seats at both sites, it is not always possible to allocate all successful applicants to their site of preference.

No. Students accepted to the MPT-N program must complete their degree at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George

No. Students accepted to the MPT-V program must complete their degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver

Both the MPT-Vancouver and MPT-North cohorts are part of the UBC MPT Program. Therefore, you must first be accepted to the UBC MPT Program before being offered a seat in either cohort. If you are offered admission, you will receive a letter and an email. You will first receive a letter from UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies granting you admission to the MPT Program. You will then receive an email from the UBC Physical Therapy Department confirming your acceptance into the MPT-North cohort.

Yes. MPT-N students will have the same access to university amenities and services as UNBC students.

Yes. MPT North students are eligible to apply to UNBC housing. Please visit UNBC's website for more information: https://www.unbc.ca/housing

Yes. As of 2020, the NRC has been replaced by MPT-N.

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) FAQ’s

Please review the information found on our Welcome and Timeline section of our website for further details.
Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to be considered for an interview. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an offer of an interview.

The interview format is based on the McMaster University Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI). During the MMI, candidates move between 9 interview stations on a circuit. Each station is 6-minutes long and there is a 2-minute transition and reading break in between stations.  Each of the stations follows one of four formats:  discussion, interaction with an “actor”, collaboration, and writing.  The station topics deal with a variety of issues which may include communication, collaboration, ethical and moral decision making, self-evaluation, cultural sensitivity, health policy, critical thinking, awareness of society health issues in Canada and personal qualities.

At each station candidates will interact with, or be observed by, a single interviewer.  Trained interviewers include clinicians, Physical Therapy department faculty members and student physical therapists.  Each applicant is awarded a global score per station which jointly result in a total MMI score. The MMI score is used in conjunction with an applicant’s admission GPA to determine an overall ranking for the selection of candidates.

Random Example MMI question:

1)  Due to the shortage of physical therapists in rural communities, it has been suggested that physical therapy programs preferentially admit students who are willing to commit to a 2 or 3 year tenure in an under-serviced area upon graduation. Consider the broad implications of this policy for health and health care costs.  For example, do you think the approach will be effective?  At what expense?  Discuss this issue with the interviewer.

Please note: The Admissions office is not able to address questions regarding MMI questions, procedures or review of evaluations associated with interviews.

Those applicants who receive an interview offer will be notified as such by email in mid-February. They will be sent the date and time they have been scheduled to interview and will need to respond by a set deadline if they plan to attend.

No. The schedule is set and applicants must attend as scheduled by the Department of Physical Therapy.

No. All interviews must be done in person and at the date and time you are scheduled by the Department of Physical Therapy.

Being familiar with the format may help with battling the nervousness; however, preparing for the MMI is difficult. The interviews do not test your specific knowledge on a subject. You might ask some friends or family members to create scenarios for you based on the examples given. This will allow you to get comfortable speaking on a topic for a few minutes and organizing your thoughts quickly.

No. We are looking for how you think, and communicate your thoughts, not specifically what you think on the various scenarios presented.

We have chosen not to include a station asking applicants this, as almost everyone applying to the Masters of Physical Therapy Program has very good reasons for pursuing this career track. Asking you why you want to be a physiotherapist does not help us determine your suitability for admission into our program.

The MMI runs on a very tight schedule, and there is no ability to have someone join in the circuit after it has begun. In the event that you are late, we will try our best to accommodate you, but will only be able to do so if there is an empty spot or no-show in a subsequent group. The chances of this are extremely small, although we are of course willing to try.

Yes. Those applicants who are granted an interview will be sent a scheduled time for their interview, as well as the time they MUST be present by. There will be an orientation prior to each scheduled time and attendance is mandatory, regardless if you have interviewed with the program previously. There is also time set aside at the end for a debriefing and a chance to meet with current students in the program to ask questions. Please plan to be involved in the interview process from orientation until the end for a minimum of 2.5 hours.

If you are granted an interview, you must bring government issued photo identification or a valid current student identification card that contains a photograph as well as your full name. You may also wish to bring a personal water bottle with you. Pen/pencils and paper will not be allowed into the interview rooms. Cell phones and other electronic devices will not be allowed in the interview rooms.

The MPT program is a scent free area. Do not wear any scented items (perfume, cologne, body spray, etc.) to the interviews for any reason. Applicants who are found to be wearing scented products may be asked to leave.

The interviews themselves will take 80 minutes. Candidates are given 2 minutes to read the question or scenario posted outside the station door and to mentally prepare a response prior to entering the interview room. Upon entering the station, the candidate will have 6 minutes to respond to the question. The candidate will receive a signal that it is time to move to the next station. With orientation and debriefing, please plan to be here for at least 2.5 hours.

No. The Department of Physical Therapy does not release Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) scores or provide individual feedback to previous applicants to the MPT program.   This policy is to ensure that the MMI's are held in a fair and unbiased manner for all applicants offered the opportunity to interview.