Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Medicine

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Information accurate as of: May 18th 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Physical Therapy website. For further details, please visit:

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The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program focuses on several areas of research study which include basic sciences, clinical decision making, clinical practice (musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory), exercise and movement sciences, and rehabilitation research. Students experience six clinical placements in diverse aspects of clinical care such as acute, outpatient, geriatrics, inter-professional (including rural and paediatrics), and rehabilitation for various populations such as stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury and others (as well as an option for a research placement).

The Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC) of the UBC MPT program is a provincially funded initiative developed in partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia. The aim of the NRC initiative is to increase recruitment and retention of physiotherapists to northern and rural areas where there is a significant shortage of PTs.

Through an admissions process designed for students who are from northern or rural areas or who are interested in working in those areas, 20 of the 80 MPT student cohort complete four out of their six clinical placements in northern and rural communities.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • GPS Requirements: Achieve the Minimum Academic Requirements as set out by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Completion of a recognized 4 year Bachelor’s Degree (120 units/credits) or its equivalent in any field from an approved institution
  • Clinical Experience: Completion of a minimum of 70 hours of Volunteer and/or Paid Work Experience completed across no more than 2 facilities
  • Prerequisite Requirements: Successful completion of courses in Physics, English, Anatomy, Psychology, Statistics and Human Physiology. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of a B grade (72% at UBC) in each prerequisite course.

For further details on Admission Requirements, please visit the Admissions Requirement section of the MPT Program. Also view the required documents page and ensure you have prepared all of the necessary documents.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters (total): Two references from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. One practical experience reference letter from an individual who is prepared to report on your volunteer or work experience interactions with persons with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities. 

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the MPT Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Kate Lewis
MPT Program Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Friedman Building
212 – 2177 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Phone: 604-827-4958
Fax: 604-822-1870