Careers in Physiotherapy 2018-05-11T18:19:43+00:00

CAREERS IN PHYSIOTHERAPY

Five universities in Ontario offer a professional master’s degree in
physiotherapy. All graduating physiotherapy students must pass a national
exam, called the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) to
enter professional practice.

As part of their education, physiotherapy students complete courses in areas such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, and biomechanics. Physiotherapy programs balance classroom and hands-on learning by offering lectures, labs, small group work, and clinical placements.

Physiotherapists are committed to lifelong learning and update their skills and knowledge by taking continuing education courses after they graduate from physiotherapy school.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF
PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

CONSIDERING BECOMING A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

Read these stories from former physiotherapy students about why they chose to pursue a career in physiotherapy.

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    NICOLE WILSON

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    VERONIQUE YEON

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    LEAH SKINNER

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There are 14 Canadian universities that offer programs in physiotherapy:

ONTARIO

University of Toronto
Department of Physical Therapy


University of Western Ontario
Department of Physical Therapy


Queen’s University
Physical Therapy Program


McMaster University (in collaboration with Lakehead University)
School of Rehabilitation Sciences


Université d’Ottawa
School of Rehabilitation Sciences

 

OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO

University of British Columbia
Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty of Medicine


University of Alberta
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine


University of Saskatchewan
School of Physical Therapy


University of Manitoba
School of Medical Rehabilitation


Université de Sherbrooke
École de réadaptation

McGill University

School of Physical and Occupational Therapy


Université de Montréal
École de réadaptation


Université Laval
Département de physiothérapie


Dalhousie University
School of Physiotherapy

 

REGISTRATION

All practicing physiotherapists in Ontario are required to have a valid certificate of registration from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Without this, individuals are not permitted to use the title of physiotherapist or practice as a physiotherapist in Ontario.

Verify the registration of a physiotherapist in Ontario.

Internationally Educated Physiotherapists

If you have been educated outside of Canada and wish to practice as a physiotherapist in Ontario contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. The Alliance is responsible for administering the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) as well as evaluating the education and qualifications of internationally educated physiotherapists.

You can also request our Internationally Educated Physiotherapists’ (IEPT) information package. This package lists the steps to become a registered physiotherapist in Ontario, as well as resumé writing tips, information on how much you can expect to get paid, and information about the health care system in Ontario.

Email Leigh Anne Butler to receive the Internationally Educated PT package

OIEPB COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM

The University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration are in partnership to offer internationally trained physiotherapists the opportunity to bridge their qualifications to the Canadian qualifications.

Read the Guide to Practice in Canada