Master of Physical Therapy-North

The UBC Master of Physical Therapy Program (MPT) is the only fully distributed, entry-to-practice Physical Therapy program in British Columbia.  The MPT Program offers students the opportunity to study at one of two locations: UBC’s Point Grey Campus or at the University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) campus in Prince George.

The Master in Physical Therapy- North (MPT-N) allows students to complete their academic and clinical learning with a focus on rural and remote communities many of which, in BC, are experiencing a shortage of Physical Therapists. Of the 100 MPT students accepted annually, 20 will be admitted to the MPT-N cohort. 


The MPT-N is delivered in partnership with UNBC. This fully distributed model of learning uses technology that allows instructors and students to interact in real-time at multiple locations. Clinical skills assistants will be present in labs at both campuses to facilitate learning and clinical skills development.

Campus Features

The MPT-N Program is taught at the UNBC campus in Prince George. Prince George is Northern BC’s largest city with active cultural community and great opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The teaching and learning facilities at UNBC are modern and state-of-the art spaces.

These facilities feature a plinth lab and lecture theatre with videoconferencing technology, as well as breakout rooms and study space for students.

Clinical Learning

Students will experience a wide variety of clinical settings in both public and private sectors with potential to participate in innovative projects and novel clinical experiences. Clinical learning for students takes place anywhere within the province, however there is a focus on clinical sites within the Northern Health Authority, or at  sites across the province that are designated as rural. Rural sites are typically small towns at considerable distance from urban centres. The actual location of clinical learning sites will vary each year.

With UNBC as the clinical education hub of the MPT-N, clinical experiences focus on northern and rural clinical learning sites as well as selected urban settings, to provide students with a wide variety of clinical experiences. One important focus of the MPT-N is to graduate Physical Therapists who are committed to enhancing rehabilitation services in northern and rural areas.

Required documents

If you are applying to the MPT-N program, please indicate your interest on your application. You will be required to submit a supplementary application. MPT-N application documents will be available on our website as of November 1, 2019.

Please note: our Northern Distributed Program is still pending final approval by UBC and UNBC in the fall of 2019. Successful applicants will be admitted to this program version once approved.



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