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Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy MSc(PT)

  • Physical Therapy students completing lower extremity exam.
    Back: Karen O'Neil (left), Nathanael Tsang (right).
    Front (from left to right): Jared Maynard, Emma Plater, Prof. Randy Booth.
    © Queen's University

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers a twenty-four month program in Physical Therapy leading to a professional Master of Science (PT) degree.

Our mission is to provide an outstanding learning environment for the education of future physical therapy professionals. With critical enquiry 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 health care environment.

The overall aim of the program is to ensure that the graduate has the ability to provide leadership within a changing health care environment and acquire the essential competencies of a practicing physical therapist.

Regulation of Practice

All physiotherapists in Canada must be registered with the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body. Each jurisdiction has its own registration process. In Ontario successful completion of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) is required for registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.


The Physical Therapy program at Queen's University has completed the accreditation review process administered by the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC).  PEAC is an incorporated body under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and operates as the accrediting agency for physiotherapy education programs in Canada. The status of Accreditation: fully compliant was granted to the program in October 2012 for the period until October 31st, 2018. A description of Accreditation Status - fully, follows:  "A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria with in the Accreditation Standards. There are no deficiencies. There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon. Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC. If progress is not made, the program's accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary." More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at PEAC  Contact information for PEAC is:  Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632

About the Physical Therapy Program

Physical Therapy is a first contact, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to: improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance; preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities and limits to participation; and promoting fitness, health and wellness.

Physical Therapy

This 24 month program prepares students to enter the physical therapy profession. The client-centred curriculum progresses from single system problems in the mid lifespan to more complex problems and situations occurring at the extremes of the lifespan spectrum. Students are exposed to representative conditions and the various contexts in which physical therapists work, from the public system to private and community based settings.