Interviews and Program Entry

Interview selection

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. Selection of interview candidates is based on a review of an applicant’s overall application for admission including their Competitive MPT Admissions GPA.

Competitive MPT Admissions GPA

The admissions GPA will be calculated using the most recent university senior level courses (300 or above) up to 30 credits. Courses graded as “pass” or “Cr” will not count towards the admission GPA.

The admissions office will only consider courses appearing on official transcripts, which includes summer, part-time, intercession, correspondence, exchange, failed and re-taken courses taken within or beyond an applicant’s 4-year undergraduate degree.  Since different universities and colleges have varying grade point scales, all grades will be converted to percentage using internal grade conversion tables and/or information found on the back of official transcripts.

Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents must include the grades of all courses scheduled to be completed by December 31 in their transcripts.  Practicum courses, clinical placements, thesis courses, fieldwork courses, directed study, and non-convertible grades (e.g. pass/fail) will not be included in the calculation.

Applicants with international transcripts should follow the procedures outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies when submitting transcripts. Official certified English translations are required for all foreign transcripts where the primary language of instruction is in a language other than English.

UBC courses IHHS/SPPH 300, 301, 302, 400, 401, 404, 406, 407, 409, 410 and 411 cannot be used towards an applicant’s Competitive MPT Admissions GPA Calculation.

The admissions office does not disclose its grading conversion tables or how the competitive MPT admissions GPA is calculated to applicants. Final GPA calculations are the decision of the admissions office and will not be disclosed to applicants.

Multiple Mini-Interviews

Interviews for the MPT program use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. The purpose of the MMI is to ascertain an applicant’s verbal communication skills, maturity level and personal suitability to the program and profession. Interviews take place in person at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

What to expect ….

  • Interactions with professional members of the PT community
  • The interview cycle is approx. 80 minutes in length
  • 9 Interview Stations and 1 rest station
  • Each station is 6 minutes with a 2-minute transition period
  • Transition period allows time to move in-between stations, to read the question/scenario and prepare before entering next interview room

Interviews for the September 2021 program intake will take place in the first week of March 2021.

A maximum of 3 interviews may be offered to anyone applicant over a lifetime. If after 3 interviews, an offer of admission is not made, the applicant will no longer be offered an interview, regardless of the competitiveness of their application.

Interview offers

The Department interviews the top 200 applicants. The next 10 students are put on the waitlist. The remainder of applicants will receive an email informing them their application was unsuccessful. Waitlisted applicants may be invited to interview at any point up to the day prior to the scheduled interview date. The department will only contact applicants on the waitlist if a position becomes available. The Department will not provide details regarding an applicant’s place/rank on the waitlist.

Applicants to the program who are offered and accept an interview, and who cancel with less than 5 business days notice, will be refused any future interview offers should they chose to re-apply to the program. If the applicant feels a late cancellation or no show is due to a valid and unavoidable reason (i.e. medical) supporting documentation must be provided within 24 hours of the interview date.

Offers of admission and waitlist

Following the interview, the department will offer a position within the program to the top 100 ranked applicants. A position on the waitlist will be offered to the next 20 applicants and the remaining applicants will be informed, via email, that their application for that year was unsuccessful. If an applicant from the original 100 offers of admission declines the offer, at any point up to the day prior to the first day of orientation in August, the first person on the waitlist will be emailed an offer of a position in the program.

Please note that once initial decisions of a waitlist position are emailed out, the department will only contact you again if a position becomes available. We cannot release to applicants where they are on the waitlist at any given time.

Statistics

Year# of applications to MPT program# of applicants interviewed# of applicants waitlisted# admitted to program from waitlist
20143361441614
20153091602516
2016383160206
20173971601911
2018363160189
20193421602210
2020304195to be determinedto be determined

Admitted Students

Under the Criminal Records Review Act, students registered in a university or college with a placement/practicum component that involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults directly or that have potentially unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults must provide a criminal record check authorization. Successful applicants to the program must provide a signed criminal record check authorization at the start of the program. If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children or vulnerable adults, as a result of the criminal record check, you will be unable to register in the MPT program clinical placements and subsequently, you may not graduate from the program. Please consider this requirement carefully before applying to this program.
Please do not submit a criminal record check with your application.

MPT students must successfully complete six clinical placements as part of their MPT training. The ability for a student to complete their clinical placements is contingent on the applicant being granted a student registration with the College of Physical Therapists of BC. The registration procedure includes a criminal record check, which will be processed by the College during the first week of classes for MPT students. Anyone considering a career in physical therapy who has been convicted of a criminal offence – even if given an absolute discharge – should write to the Registrar of the College prior to completing an application to the College or applying to the MPT program. By discussing this with the College, applicants will best be able to assess their ability to obtain a student registration. The UBC Department of Physical Therapy and the College consider professional and ethical behaviour to be critical elements in the study and practice of Physical Therapy. As such, the College, through its registration procedure, also asks applicants to disclose any issues of previous conduct, personal behaviour, or competence that may impede the granting of the physical therapy student’s license. Applicants are encouraged to discuss such matters directly and in confidence with the College.