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Universities in Canada You Can Get a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy

If you are thinking of a getting a degree that will still be relevant in the next few decades, then you should look at physiotherapy. If you are passionate about wiping away tears from the eyes of people, compassionate and patient then becoming a physical therapist may just be for you.

What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is focused on helping people regain, maintain and improve mobility and functional independence. This involves the treatment of pain, strengthening weak muscles and improving joint mobility. In other words the overall wellbeing of the patient in the priority of the physiotherapist.
(I will work on a post that compiles universities that offer a B.Sc in Physiotherapy)

Where to Study Physiotherapy
Canada is one nice country to study physiotherapy as there is a great demand for physios and the Canadian system favours Canadian trained therapists.
Having a Masters degree can also be an added advantage who want to get better jobs.

Universities in Canada Where you can Get a Physiotherapy Degree

1. University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus)

Course: Masters of Physical Therapy


In order to be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

Completion of a recognized 4 year Bachelor’s Degree (120 units/credits) or its equivalent 

Completion of a minimum of 70 hours of Volunteer and/or Paid Work Experience at no more than 2 facilities

Achieve the Minimum Academic Requirements as set out by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies(which may include having a 2nd class upper first degree.)

Successful completion of the Prerequisite Requirements including Physics, English, Anatomy, Psychology, Statistics and Human Physiology. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of a B (72%) or equivalent in each prerequisite course. 

2. University of Alberta

Course: M.Sc Physiotherapy

Admission Requirements:

Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited post-secondary institution is required.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading system or an equivalent standing from another recognized institution is required. However, a GPA of >3.6 for Alberta applicants and >3.9 for out of province applicants on the most recent sixty credits of study is recommended for a competitive application.

Completion of the following pre-requisite courses:

English (3 credits) General course with assessment of reading, writing, literature and essay composition. Can be introductory level.Humanities or Social Science courses will not be accepted in lieu. Business Communication and Technical English courses are not acceptable.

Statistics (3 credits) General course covering basic statistical concepts and data analysis. PTHER 352 is one option.

Psychology (3 credits) Must be from a designated introductory/general Psychology course. Humanities/Social Science (3 credits) 

Human Anatomy (3 credits) Must be a standalone course focusing on gross HUMAN anatomy. PTHER 350 is the recommended course. *Please see the notes below regarding the changes to the Anatomy prerequisite as of 2017 admissions*

Human Physiology (6 credits) Must focus on HUMAN physiology.

Human Movement (3 credits) PTHER 351 is the recommended course. 

Alternatively, if you are a foreign trained physiotherapist interested in working in Alberta, and you have been Credentialed you may consider their 12 Month Bridging program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physiotherapy Practice

The Bridging Certificate program is designed for physical therapists educated outside of Canada whose physical therapy education and qualifications have previously been assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance).

Applicants can apply to the program if they are:

Credentialed by the AllianceEligible for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) but want to enhance preparationNot successful in one or more Physiotherapy Competency Examination attempts

This 12-month program, offered in a blended format, consists of five courses: two academic courses, two concurrent mentorship courses, and one clinical placement course. The Bridging Certificate Program operate in the cohort model with one-intake per year, and all students are required to complete all five courses.

Academic course work designed purposely for Internationally Educated Physiotherapists (IEPTs) supports the development of the additional knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning required to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards. Cultural and workplace orientation is provided through mentorship and clinical placement to help integration into the workplace.

For more information on the University of Alberta Bridging program email

3. University of Manitoba

Course: Master of Physical Therapy

Eligibility requirements:

Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.

An accredited 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree in any area of study, recognized by the University of Manitoba.

A minimum grade point average of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours* of university-level study.

Equivalent IB and/or AP courses will be accepted in lieu of prerequisite courses.

Successful completion of the Multiple Mini-Interview. 

A minimum grade of a 3.0 or a “B” in the following prerequisite courses:

Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)

Human Physiology (3 credit hours)Introductory

Biology with genetics content (3 credit hours)

Introductory Psychology (6 credit hours)

Childhood Psychology (3 credit hours)

Aging (3 credit hours)

Introductory Statistics (3 credit hours)

English Literature (6 credit hours)

4. University of Western Ontario

Course: MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy)


Admission is very competitive as only 57 students are admitted each year.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Applicants who are permanent residents of Canada must submit a copy of the front and back (date on the back must be legible) their Permanent Residency Card as part of the application

A four-year bachelor's degree with high academic standing from a recognized university

Two standard letters of reference (ORPAS Confidential Assessment Forms).One Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by an individual who holds an academic faculty position in a university, who has taught or supervised the applicant, and who is qualified to judge the applicant's academic ability relative to a number of other students. Positions such as a teaching assistant or athletic therapist/trainer do not qualify as academic referees.The second Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by a professional who can judge the applicant's performance and interpersonal skills from his/her perspective as a physical therapist, employer or someone who supervised the applicant working with persons with special needs.It is recommended that neither of the Confidential Assessment forms be submitted by either relatives or friends.Letters of Reference that elaborate on the applicant's unique and exceptional qualities are valued.

Applicant Statement (completed as part of the online application)Maximum 500 words Explanation of why the applicant has chosen Physical Therapy as a career and outlining the applicant's knowledge of the profession and its scope of practiceExplanation of why the applicant has chose the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at WesternDescription of the strengths, experiences, attributes, leadership skills and/or abilities the applicant will bring to the profession. The Applicant Statement should elaborate on the applicant's unique and exceptional qualities rather than just on their aspirations to become a physical therapist

Completion of paid or unpaid Physical Therapy-related experience (submitted as part of online application)

Applicant will be asked to provide a brief list (maximum of 4) of any activities directly related to the physical therapy field, including a clear outline of patient experiences, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, as well as research, co-op placements and employment.Completion of other volunteer or paid experience (submitted as part of online application)

Applicant will be asked to provide a brief description (maximum of 4 activities) of any other relevant activities that provide evidence of their involvement and leadership in increasing the well-being of individuals, groups or society in general.

Information outlining honours, awards and scholarships the applicant has received to date may be submitted as part of the application (maximum of 4 entries).

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency; the TOEFL or an IELTS is recommended.A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper‑based), 105 (internet‑based), or an IELTS score of 8 is required.If, after admission, the applicant shows inadequate command of spoken or written English, they must improve their proficiency to the satisfaction of the School of Physical Therapy.They may be asked to withdraw from the program if their command of English interferes with their ability to provide quality professional services.NOTE: Test results must be sent directly to Western University.


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Many physiotherapists want to know which countries pay the best salaries to help get some motivation to move or jump ship, so let's first try to analyse places that have the best paying physiotherapy jobs or simply put, the highest salaries.

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How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

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How to Get a Physiotherapy job in Singapore

Physiotherapy is on the skills shortage list in Singapore and is classified as an Allied Health Profession.

You as a physiotherapist should apply directly to the Ministry of Manpower  or the Human Resources department in the hospital of your choice.
Once your registration is approved you'll need a work permit and you need to have a job to get it. There are two types of work passes the EP and the S pass. You can get more information on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Part of the criteria for a foreign trained physiotherapist to to be able to practise in Singapore is to pass the MOH qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam (QE) is an assessment of the equivalence of the knowledge and skills of the foreign trained physiotherapist and the physiotherapy practise in Singapore.
The exams are conducted four times a year in January, April, July and October and you need to be in Singapore to take the exams. The results of this exam are usually released four weeks after the exam was taken.


Getting Study Materials for the DHA, HAAD Physiotherapist Exam

The licensing exam for practicing physiotherapy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is computer based and multi choice (mcq).
Getting past questions for this DHA, HAAD exam has become a very expensive venture with many websites offering sample questions at a cost.

The Dubai Health Authority has however made it clear that it doesn't sell or make available such past questions and that any one who encounters such should report to them.
So I won't be putting up any names of websites who claim to sell sample questions or offer subscriptions to those who want to rehearse the exam online.

If you want to know how to prepare for these exams or have an idea of the syllabus then you can do one of these two options:
1. Get in contact with a medical recruiting agency with experience.
2. Use the recommended textbooks to prepare for the exam.

I really don't see why you can't go for option 2.
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Want to Migrate to Australia as Physiotherapist? Read this first.

If you are a physiotherapist interested in migrating to Australia, reading this first will be highly beneficial to you.

Yes physiotherapy is on the Australia immigration skilled occupation list, but my observation is that there are still very few going through their skill select process.

The Australian skill select process (where Canada got the inspiration for Express entry) is supposed to be a stress free process. It's simply a DIY (do it yourself) kind of thing; fill in your information, upload your English scores and you skills assessment and submit your application for immigration.

Twice every month there are selection rounds and successful applicants are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa.

But this is not actually the case for physiotherapists because you need a skills assessment.

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How can I get an international job? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists abroad or is this career just overhyped?
Are you kidding me?
The key to plotting the right graph for your career is information, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your dream of getting an international job.

Are there actually best countries for physiotherapy jobs?
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