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University of British Columbia Masters Degrees in Physiotherapy

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Graduates of the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program promote 'Movement and Function for Life'. The first graduates, in 1964, received a "certificate course in Physical Medicine Therapy". Read more

Graduates of the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program promote 'Movement and Function for Life'. The first graduates, in 1964, received a "certificate course in Physical Medicine Therapy". Following multiple shifts through the years, the first class of the MPT program graduated in 2006. In 2007, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC was dissolved and The Division of Physical Therapy became the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine.

Using the Lifespan approach, the major areas of study in the 26 month MPT program include: basic sciences, clinical decision making, clinical practice (musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory), exercise and movement sciences, and rehabilitation research. Additionally, students experience a total of 1080 'hands-on' clinical hours over six clinical placements in diverse aspects of clinical care. The evidence-based curriculum is structured to promote critical thinking, develop problem solving skills, promote teamwork and collaboration, and empower students to be lifelong learners. 

In a partnership between UBC and University of Northern British Columbia, and with provincial funding in place, a Northern and Rural Cohort within the MPT program was created in 2011/2012. This allows for expansion of the clinical education component of the MPT program to fulfill UBC’s role as BC's provincial Physical Therapy educational program, and to contribute to increasing clinical capacity in northern and rural areas of BC.

What makes the program unique?

The Department of Physical Therapy provides an outstanding learning environment and leads in innovative research to advance physical therapy practice globally. The Department is well known for its high standards and excellent faculty. Both academic and external faculty are recipients of prestigious teaching awards, providing an excellent learning environment.

The MPT Program has been accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, and has a strong relationship with the clinical community. The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia are involved in the planning and operations of the MPT program. Both organizations participate by teaching content related to regulation, professionalism, licensing and other topics that reflect the College and the professional association mandates. In addition, they support student involvement on their respective Boards and committees. 

In 2009, the Fraser Health Authority and the Department of Physical Therapy established an agreement to enable the opening of the first student-run physiotherapy outpatient clinic in B.C. at Royal Columbian Hospital. This provides an exceptional opportunity for Physical Therapy students to advance their skills in an interdisciplinary setting while providing rehabilitation services to the community. Since 2009 other clinics have opened in a range of health care settings.

The MPT program is located in a state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Vancouver. Cameras and large screen monitors in labs allow for all students to have the best seat in the house when observing demonstrations of even the most detailed subjects. Additionally, students have access to a modern rehabilitation gymnasium which features state of the art exercise equipment with performance measurement capabilities.

Career options

The Master of Physical Therapy program in the Department of Physical Therapy graduates excellent practitioners and scientists. The combination of a solid evidence-based education, clinical placements, and interaction with outstanding faculty and clinical faculty ensures that graduates consistently score above average on national licensure exams, and become knowledgeable and effective practitioners and/or scientists in the private and public sectors.



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The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences (RHSC) is jointly run by the Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy (OSOT) and the Department of Physical Therapy (PT). Read more

The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences (RHSC) is jointly run by the Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy (OSOT) and the Department of Physical Therapy (PT). It is a program for advanced research study. It focuses on the discipline of Rehabilitation Sciences, the study of providing treatment and education to persons with temporary or permanent disability to return them to maximum function, well-being and personally-satisfying levels of independence.

It encompasses the three dimensions of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (body structure and function, activity and participation) and thus spans the individual, community and society. Our faculty have active research programs that cover this diverse spectrum.

In the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences (RHSC), we strive to create outstanding learning and research experiences for occupational therapists, physical therapists and others with various health-related disciplines. Through these opportunities, in combination with the MSc thesis, graduates advance the science of rehabilitation which aims to promote physical, mental and social well-being among people of all levels of ability. Our collaborative initiatives result in a reciprocal transfer of new knowledge among academic, clinical, and community settings.

What makes the program unique?

Our faculty have an outstanding record of scholarly productivity, receiving funding from provincial and national research granting agencies. Over 30 graduate students from a broad range of backgrounds including occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreation therapy, social sciences, human kinetics, and engineering have graduated from our program. These students have authored numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and won various scholarships and awards.

Program faculty members are well integrated with several of the world class research facilities established here in BC including: Arthritis Research Centre, Brain Research Centre, Centre for Hip Health, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Providence Health Care Research Institute, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Collaborative Research Team for the study of psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder.

Career options

Graduates from our MSc program go on to further academic training and become faculty members that teach and conduct health-related research at universities. They also work as research scientists, clinical scientists and consultants to government, health authorities and other organizations with interests in rehabilitation. Many of our MSc graduates choose to pursue a PhD in our program.



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The online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals who wish to gain the knowledge to impact care and shape future practice. Read more

The online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) is designed for working health professionals who wish to gain the knowledge to impact care and shape future practice.

You will learn how to:

  • design and execute knowledge translation plans to change outdated practices.
  • develop and deliver education programs for patients, and/or to equip colleagues with the knowledge and skills to improve care.
  • facilitate interprofessional reasoning for improved decision making.
  • plan and lead programs with change management strategies to quicken improvements and decrease costs.
  • choose effective methods to evaluate patient and program outcomes.
  • And much more based on your interests.

Unlike traditional thesis-based research master's programs, the MRSc offers a course-based degree or the option of combining courses and a work- or practice-based research project.

You can complete the MRSc degree while working full-time. This prevents any loss of income while pursuing graduate studies. Most learners choose to complete the degree within three to five years part-time. You can graduate in one year if you study full-time.

Please note, the MRSc is not an entry-level credential for rehabilitation practice in Canada or other countries: that is, completing the program does not enable you to practice as a health professional. The MRSc is an advanced degree for health professionals already working in rehabilitation.

What makes the program unique?

The UBC MRSc program was one of the first online post professional degree programs designed for rehabilitation health professionals in Canada. The program is designed with working rehabilitation professionals in mind, offering fully online courses and flexible learning with full or part-time study options. The program has over a decade of evidence demonstrating:

  • Practical learning that’s applied immediately to practice & benefits workplaces;
  • Confidence gained as research & leadership skills develop and evidence informs practice,
  • Revitalized careers and opportunities for growth and new directions;
  • Connections with professionals around the world;
  • Inter-professional learning fostering collaboration;
  • Accessible learning that fits busy lives and careers

Career options

The MRSc degree prepares learners for further professional opportunities and roles, such as: expert practitioner, clinical educator, practice lead, healthcare manage, or consultant in program evaluation.



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