Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program

Admission

  • 40 students are admitted each year
  • 6 of these spots are reserved for Aboriginal students

Curriculum

Students entering the M.P.T. program will be engaged in academic activities for 11 of 12 months of the year, for 2 years and 6 weeks. The curriculum is made up of 10 modules of varying lengths. It differs from most university programs which provide courses in two regular terms (Sept. to Dec., Jan. to April). The M.P.T. program at the U of S provides opportunities for each student to participate in a major project, clinical education, case integration courses and integrated evaluation.

Research

M.P.T. students will obtain first hand training in research methods under the supervision of a faculty member and clinical consultant in the course: PTH 992 – Major Project, with details noted on the M.P.T. Curriculum Online website.

The full-time, clinical and associate faculty members are also actively engaged in a wide range of clinically-focused research projects. Several faculty members collaborate with other researchers on campus in a variety of disciplines.

Clinical education

Clinical education is the “internship” or “clinical practicum” part of the School of Physical Therapy program. The purpose of the clinical education program is to integrate theory and practice. It consists of approximately forty percent of the student contact hours of the program.

Students are placed in a variety of clinical facilities and, under supervision, apply evidence-based theoretical knowledge to practice. The clinical education program promotes gradually decreasing supervision, increasing independence, and increasingly complex clinical situations over time to prepare students for entry-to-practice.

Accreditation Information

The Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Saskatchewan has completed the accreditation review process administered by 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 on April 30 2015 for the period until April 30, 2021.

A description of Accreditation Status – fully compliant is as 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 www.peac-aepc.ca.
 
For further information, please contact:
Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada
Suite 26 – 509 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario N6J 1Y5
Phone: 226-636-0632