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, the University of Regina or other degree-granting college in Saskatchewan.
    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.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence that they are proficient in the English language. Acceptable test scores required for the Master of Physical Therapy program are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

A minimum overall total of 100 and at least 22 out of 30 in each component.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

A band score of 7.5 out of 9 in each area and overall.

  • CanTest (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

A band score of 5 for each area and overall.

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.

The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting documents is December 15 each year.

Students must first complete the online MPT application form available on the School of Physical Therapy website to ensure that they meet residency and admission requirements before applying through the College of Graduate Studies and Research. A non-refundable application fee of $90.00 is required as part of the College of Graduate Studies and Research application. 

PLEASE NOTE that reference letters normally required for a Graduate Studies application are not required for the MPT and will not be accepted as part of the applicant’s file.  Any applicant who may require disability accommodations for the admissions process should be registered with Disability Student Services and all requested accommodations must be received by the deadline for application (December 15).

Students from any universities other than the University of Saskatchewan must arrange to have their transcripts from all post-secondary institutions forwarded directly to the School of Physical Therapy. Official transcripts should be requested at the time of application if the 4-year baccalaureate degree has been completed and awarded.  If students are currently studying:

  • One copy of an official transcript which will include final grades of first term courses to be received at the School of Physical Therapy no later than January 21.
  • Two copies of an official transcript showing all final grades for second term courses, and confirmation of the awarding of the baccalaureate degree, must be received by May 31.

2. Start your application

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

3. Multiple Mini Interview

Admissions interviews (multiple mini interviews - MMI) are scheduled on a Saturday in early to mid-March each year (second Saturday in March).

The purpose of the interview is to collect information concerning the personal attributes of applicants. In this structured interview, candidates’ interpersonal, communication and critical thinking skills; self-evaluation, ethical decision making, and general knowledge of health care are evaluated. The final MMI score is the average of scores in three categories: critical thinking, communication, and professionalism. 

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

Selection Criteria

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. admission average) and interview performance. The minimum admission average that will be accepted is 70%. The admission average is a weighted average calculated using a minimum of 60 credit units. The most recent 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. Applicants are ranked according to their admission average and the top 96 applicants are granted interviews. When computing applicants’ total admission scores, the admission average is weighted 60% and the interview score is weighted 40%. 

From the 96 applicants interviewed, 40 will be offered admission (34 top ranked applicants from the general pool and 6 top ranked applicants from the education equity pool).

Notification of Admission Status

Notification of the results of the admission process will be forwarded to applicants by email in early April.  Offers of admission are pending successful completion of the 4-year Baccalaureate degree and any prerequisite courses being completed during the year of application.

Any appeal related to admission status should be forwarded, in writing, to the School of Physical Therapy 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 any appeal.

5. Post-acceptance requirements

Requirements of applicants admitted to the first year of the Master of Physical Therapy program are as follows:

  • Obtain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) prior to the start of classes in August unless they have obtained such certification within the previous twelve months. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Basic Life Support Health Care Providers (C) designation, or equivalent certification, is required. Students must present evidence of successful completion, and the date of certification of the C.P.R. requirements. This certification must be updated annually.
  • Students enrolled in the School of Physical Therapy must provide evidence of the required immunization status on entry into the program. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a current immunization status according to the guidelines and requirements of the School of Physical Therapy.  The MPT program requires that the students spend time in clinical facilities within the first week of the program. It is imperative that the immunization be up-to-date and that immunization records be filled out and submitted on the first day of classes. Students may be required to obtain additional immunizations, during the student's time in the M.P.T. program, consistent with specific requirements of individual clinical facilities and/or health regions where the student is assigned for a clinical placement. Additional vaccination requirements may include seasonal flu immunization. Students must also be Respirator Fit Mask tested while in the program.
  • Students are required to complete a specific police/criminal record check and vulnerable sector check prior to starting the program before being accepted for clinical placements in clinical facilities.
  • Additional common requirements as preparation for many clinical placements include: additional health, disability and dismemberment insurance, and signed confidentiality agreements.