1. Pre-application checklist and requirements

Applicants to the School of Physical Therapy must satisfy the following residency qualifications:

  1. Applicants applying through the Education Equity Program for Aboriginal students must be Canadian citizens.
  2. Other applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants AND be residents of the Province of Saskatchewan or of the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories.
  3. For the purpose of determining qualifications for admission to the School of Physical Therapy, an applicant normally is considered to be a “resident” under item (2) if one of the following conditions applies:
    1. The applicant has established a place of residence in Saskatchewan or one of the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories, at least one calendar year immediately prior to September 1 in the year of proposed admission.
    2. Irrespective of the current place of residence of the applicant, the applicant's family home (the home of parents, legal guardians, foster parents or spouse), is in Saskatchewan, or one of the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories.
    3. The applicant is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.
    4. The applicant is currently serving, or is a member of a family unit in which the parents, legal guardians or spouse are serving in the Armed Forces or R.C.M.P., and the family unit has been transferred to Saskatchewan or one of the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories.

Applicants must hold a 4-year baccalaureate degree (in any discipline) from a college or university of acceptable standing.

Additional prerequisites

Human Physiology (6 credit units)

  • PHPY 302.3 and one of PHPY 301.3, 303.3, HSC 350.3 (or equivalent*)
  • or PHSI 208.6
  • or the U of R equivalent, KIN 267 and 268

Human Anatomy

  • ACB 310.3 (or equivalent*)
  • or the U or R equivalent, KIN 260

Statistical Methods

  • Stats 245.3 or PLSC 314.3 (or equivalent*)
  • or the U of R equivalent, STAT 100 and 200

Approved prerequisite courses

Applicants must seek and receive approval for equivalent courses from the Admissions committee well in advance of application. For further information contact Bev Cuzner at (306) 966-6581 or email pt.admissions@usask.ca.

Each year, six first-year positions are designated for applicants of Canadian Aboriginal descent. To be considered for the Education Equity Program for Aboriginal Students, applicants of First Nations, Metis, or Inuit ancestry should choose that they are applying under this status when completing the School of Physical Therapy online application.  Applicants must meet the usual entry requirements for the M.P.T. program. 

Applicants will be required to provide proof of Aboriginal ancestry.  Acceptable proofs of ancestry include

  • Status or Treaty card
  • Metis Membership card from provincial counterparts of the Metis National Council
  • Nunavut Trust Service Card
  • Inuit roll number

Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry are first considered in the general pool, and if not competitive, will then compete for the 6 reserved equity seats.

2. Start your application

The application for admission for 2016 will open on September 15, 2015.

3. Multiple Mini Interview

Admissions interviews are scheduled for early-mid March each year.

The MMI evaluates personal characteristics important for success in the health sciences including critical thinking, ethical decision making, self-evaluation and communication. This interview method provides an opportunity for applicants to apply general knowledge and personal experiences to issues relevant to the society in which they live and the health care systems in which they hope to work.

During the course of the interview each applicant moves from one interview station to another. At each station, an applicant interacts with, or is observed by a different evaluator for approximately 8 minutes. Because each station is an independent experience, an applicant has the opportunity to make several first impressions rather than just one, and to recover from a less than optimal performance at one station by moving on to a new station and a different evaluator. The length of the interview time may be anywhere from 70 to 100 minutes, depending on the number of stations chosen for the interview format for any given year. The number of stations may range from 7 to 10.

To commence the interview process, each applicant is positioned in front of a station door on which instructions, or a scenario and questions, are posted. After two minutes, a buzzer sounds. This is the applicant's cue to enter the room. A second buzzer will sound at the end of the allotted time for theencounter and the applicant moves to the next station.

All applicants attending interviews will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Data Release Form to ensure the security of interview scenarios and to allow use of interview data for research purposes. No applicant's identity will be revealed in any presentation or publication of interview data.

Applicants offered interviews should note that, the MMI will be scheduled only once per year. Rescheduling, regardless of the reason, cannot be accommodated.

4. Criteria for acceptance

Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the School of Physical Therapy, as each year there are more applicants than available positions. Selection for admission is based upon academic performance (i.e. Sessional Weighted Average) and interview performance. The minimum Sessional Weighted Average for admission is 70%. The most recent minimum 60 credit units at the time of application are used (up to and including term 1 if currently studying). For the purpose of calculating the admission average, all courses in a given term will be used. The Sessional Weighted Average will be used to rank applicants. As many as 96 interviews will be offered to individuals who meet School of Physical Therapy admission requirements, including residency qualification requirements. When computing applicants' admission scores, the academic average is weighted 60% and the interview score is weighted 40%.

Notification of the results of the admission process will be forwarded to interviewees by May 1st.

Any appeal related to admission status should be forwarded, in writing, to the Admissions Committee. Grounds for appeal of an admission decision are limited to (1) unit procedural errors, or (2) evidence that information used in the decision process was wrong or incomplete. Failure by the applicant to provide accurate and complete information is not grounds for an appeal.

5. Post-acceptance requirements

Students admitted to the first year of the program are required to obtain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) certification prior to the start of classes in August (unless they have obtained it during the previous twelve months). It is required to obtain the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's equivalent (other CPR providers equivalent certification will be accepted) of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Providers (C) designation, which includes the application of an external defibrillator device (AED). This certification must be updated annually.