School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Physical Therapy

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"I currently work at a clinic that has a few hopeful Queen’s PT applicants for this year. Talking to them made me reflect on just how amazing my time at Queen’s really was. I love my profession and am very thankful my application was put into the “accept” pile way back in 2008 when I started at Queen’s...The friends I made from my two years at strong to this day and I look at back at Queen’s with only the best memories.. While I was in the thick of it I couldn’t see it, but being a Queen’s PT students was one of the best times of my life...”

Jesse Awenus, Msc PT 2010

Program Contact

Emily Cornfiled
Program Assistant - Physical Therapy
School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Louise D. Acton Building
31 George Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Admissions & Student Support Coordinator
PHone:613-533-6000 ext 75448

Program Overview

The Physical Therapy Program at Queen’s University prepares students to undertake the professional roles of physiotherapists in Canada. With critical inquiry and evidence-based practice as the foundation, the program promotes the acquisition of advanced academic knowledge, skills and behaviours that are essential for a primary health care provider in a complex and continually evolving healthcare environment.

The Physical Therapy Program is a 24-month, sequential, program of the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s University, leading to a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSc.PT) degree. The program is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada and graduates are eligible to challenge the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE), which qualifies them for physiotherapy practice in Canada. Graduates are also eligible to register with the Colleges of Physiotherapy in all Canadian provinces and territories, and with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

The MScPT program is accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). The Program’s accreditation status is currently Probationary. Learn more.


Our students have the opportunity to access dynamic learning environments and diverse and exciting clinical placements across Canada and internationally. Inter-professional educational experiences are woven throughout the program. Upon graduation, students become eligible to take the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Examination that allows them to become registered with any of the provincial or territorial regulatory bodies, and become a practicing physiotherapist.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Hospitals and rehabilitation centres
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private practices
  • Community agencies
  • Home care
  • Children’s treatment centres and school health programs
  • Sports physiotherapy clinics
  • Stroke and neurological rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Government
  • Policy and professional organizations
  • International development and aide organizations
  • The Canadian Armed Forces
  • Work in Canada and abroad
  • Not for profit organizations


Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. PT: 24 months (continuous)

Method of Completion

Course work, and clinical placements

The curriculum of the MScPT program includes both academic blocks, on Queen’s campus, and clinical experience blocks. Clinical experiences provide students with opportunity to develop their professional identify and roles across multiple practice contexts and settings, and to consolidate their knowledge, clinical skills, and critical reasoning for practice. In this way, the program supports students’ progression to meeting the entry-to-practice milestones of the Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada. 

The majority of your clinical placement experiences will be arranged in facilities within the Queen’s University catchment area. Our catchment boundaries normally include Whitby to the west, Cornwall to the east, and Orillia/Midland to the north. Placement are assigned based on student preferences and a priority system to ensure that students are given experiences in multiple practice settings to meet the standard for entry-to-practice in physiotherapy in Canada. You will complete approximately 1125 hours of clinical placements throughout the 24 months of the program. Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical placements. 

  • Dr. Lucie Pelland (Associate Director)
  • Dr. Mohammad Auais
  • Prof. Randy Booth
  • Dr. Vincent DePaul
  • Dr. Nandini Deshpande
  • Prof. Diana Hopkins-Rosseel
  • Ms. Melanie Law
  • Mr. Graeme Leverette
  • Dr. Jordan Miller
  • Dr. Kathleen Norman
  • Dr. Trisha Parsons
  • Dr. David Pedlar
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

You  are not technically eligible to apply for a bursary before becoming a registered student at Queen’s University, however, you may be eligible for bursary assistance through student awards, including OGS bursaries and the Queen’s General Bursary. In addition, every second year the Program offers the Goldman Sachs Bursary to an incoming student whose parents are immigrants.  Unfortunately, the School of Graduate Studies does not make internal scholarship funding available to students in professional programs.

Academic Prerequisites

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree with a minimum second-class standing from a recognized university including:
  • At least one course in introductory psychology (minimum 1.0) and one course in statistics (minimum 0.5)
  • Undergraduate courses with substantive content in human anatomy (minimum 0.5) and physiology (minimum 0.5). One full credit in human anatomy is recommended

Grades Required

Our first cut-off is based on:

  • GPA of your most recent 10 full-course  or 20 half-course undergraduate credits (subGPA)
  • The level of the cut off for the subGPA is dependent on the applicant pool
  • Cumulative GPA for all years of undergraduate study must be ≥ 2.89

Other Requirements

  • Queen’s Physical Therapy Personal Submission Form questions
  • Documented evidence (through volunteer work, community service or personal experience) of strong interest in the profession of physical therapy, knowledge of the profession and desire to work with people of all ages


Admission is restricted to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) prior to the closing date for receipt of applications.

Test Requirements

Applicants who have resided in Canada or another English speaking country for less than three years as of the first day of the month of the term in which students are to begin must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL - minimum score required: 250 for computer-based test; 94 for iBT.
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 8

Key Dates and Deadlines

Note: applications for the Physical Therapy program at Queen’s must be made through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service which can be contacted at:

Application Open: mid-October.

Application Deadline: Early January (through ORPAS)

Notification of Acceptance: mid-May

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (PT) (120 KB)

Grad Maps

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