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Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University consists of the Schools of:

  • Medicine,
  • Nursing and
  • Rehabilitation Therapy.

School of Rehabilitation Therapy

We offer 2‑year programs leading to Master of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) and Physical Therapy (MScPT).

Our vision: We will lead and inspire positive changes that transform lives through rehabilitation research, education and practice.

Selection Factors

The number of students admitted to the MScOT and MScPT programs is approximately 70 students per program.

We select program applicants based on:

  • a strong academic record and
  • the assessment of personal characteristics considered most appropriate for the study of occupational therapy or physical therapy at Queen’s University.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Minimum Academic Requirement

The minimum academic requirement for admission to either program is a 4‑year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent, with a minimum second‑class standing (70%+) from a recognized university.

Place of residence and university where studies were undertaken are not criteria in the selection process.

Non-academic Requirements


We restrict admission to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) at the time of application.

Language Proficiency

Very good to excellent proficiency in English is required for academic courses and communication in clinical practice settings.

If you have resided in Canada or another English‑speaking country for less than 3 years as of September 2023, you must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Minimum scores required: Internet‑based test (iBT) 94 with scores in the following ranges: Reading – high (22-30); Listening – high (22-30); Speaking – good (26-30); Writing – good (24-30)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum score required: 8

You may upload your test results using Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) in your ORPAS application.

Admission with Advanced Standing

We do not consider applicants for admission with advanced standing or on a part‑time basis. All students that we admit to either program must be registered full‑time for 2 years (24 months).

Other Admission Requirements

Interest in Future Doctoral Studies

In addition to the professional programs (i.e., MScOT and MScPT), the School of Rehabilitation Therapy includes doctoral programs in Rehabilitation ScienceAging and Health and Rehabilitation and Health Leadership. If you think you may be interested in pursuing a PhD or DSc in one of these programs after completing the MScOT or MScPT, you may be considered for a limited number of positions in these programs. 

In the case you were successfully accepted to pursue this pathway to a doctoral program, the critical inquiry portion of the MScOT or MScPT program may be tailored to allow you to pursue your particular area of research interest, thus better preparing you for doctoral level studies.

You would apply to the doctoral program in the final year of your master’s program.

To learn more about future doctoral studies, email the Graduate Assistant for the Rehabilitation Science or email the Aging and Health program.

Belong to an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment

An optimally effective health care system must reflect the diversity of the populations it serves. Understanding this, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the OT and PT programs at Queen’s University, are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students, including:

If you have any questions regarding our programs or the available resources and supports at Queen’s, email our admissions team.

Indigenous Candidates

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University recognize that there is a critical shortage of Indigenous rehabilitation professionals and acknowledge the negative impact this shortage has on the quality of health care delivered to Canadians.

We are committed to educating more Indigenous occupational therapists and physiotherapists, and welcome Indigenous applicants to both professional programs.

We offer you the opportunity to self-identify and be considered under the School of Graduate Studies’ Indigenous Student Admissions Regulation. We will treat your decision whether to apply through this process confidentially. No student’s application will be disadvantaged if they identify as Indigenous. We are committed to providing a safe, respectful and supportive learning environment for all students.

If you are interested, complete and self-identify through the ORPAS application. In addition, email the Admissions Coordinator for Occupational Therapy or email the Admissions Coordinator for Physical Therapy to confirm your desire to be considered under the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies Indigenous Student Admissions Regulation. Within this email, we ask that you also include a brief statement (e.g., 1 or 2 short paragraphs) describing your motivation for pursuing a career in OT or PT, and your connection to your community and/or Indigenous identity.

Every year, we designate 3 spots per program for eligible Indigenous students who apply to the Queen’s OT and PT programs through this process. Unused spots in any given year will revert to the general applicant pool.

Students with Disabilities

Queen’s University and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment for all students, including students with disabilities.

If you have any questions about our program and the professions, we encourage you to email our admissions team.


When you enter any training program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, you must provide documentation of your:

  • 2‑step tuberculin skin test status,
  • varicella serological status and
  • vaccination or immunization history for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, Hepatitis B and COVID-19.

For the Hepatitis B vaccine, you must submit to the School documentation of receipt of all 3 doses by the physician or Health Unit, as well as laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e., positive serology for the antibody to Hepatitis B surface antigen 2-3 months post-vaccination [HBsAg]).

Annual influenza immunization is required before clinical/fieldwork placements.

Newly admitted students will receive an immunization record by email or mail that must be completed in full.

We advise you to visit your family physician, student health services or public health office to be screened or to enter an immunization schedule. You are responsible for the cost of vaccination.

For students entering the first year of a rehabilitation therapy program, this documentation is required in the week prior to the start of classes. It is understood that Hepatitis B immunization may not be complete at registration, but all Hepatitis B tests must be in progress and must be completed 3 weeks prior to commencement of the first clinical placement.

First Aid/CPR

Upon entry to the program, you must also provide a copy of a valid certificate in standard first aid, Basic Life Support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Health Care Provider (HCP) level.

Both certifications must remain current throughout the duration of your enrollment in the program.

Criminal Record Check

All incoming students must obtain a new Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check. You must update this annually while in the MSc Program.

We suggest completing the Criminal Record Check in August, as some placements require a background check within a 6-month time frame. Kingston Police offers this service online and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy is listed as an agency, so your background check can be sent directly to the school.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) Program

MScOT Program

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers a 24-month program in OT leading to a professional MScOT degree.

Our mission is to inspire and educate occupational therapy professionals, leaders and scholars to advance knowledge and enable occupation for individuals, groups, communities and populations.

The overall aim of the program is to ensure that each graduate acquires the essential competencies required to become a practicing OT, and has the ability to provide leadership within complex and ever-changing practice environments.

MScOT Curriculum

The MScOT curriculum consists of a combination of required academic and fieldwork courses. There is an emphasis on the integration of basic science and social science with theory and practice and a focus on what it means to be a professional within a complex and rapidly changing health care system. Consequently, each course:

  • integrates and builds on the foundational material (e.g., anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology),
  • evaluates knowledge and practice within the context of current evidence and clinical reasoning and
  • engages students in the application of this knowledge to their fieldwork and other health-related experiences.

The intent is to encourage self-directed learning, transformative learning, team-based learning and reflective practitioner behaviours.

The program offers a dynamic curriculum that will meet and exceed professional and practice standards. It will prepare students with graduate-level knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours required for practice in the contemporary health care arena.

Program Themes

The program is organized into 5 themes:

  • Theme I – Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy
  • Theme II – Determinants of Occupation
  • Theme III – Communication
  • Theme IV – Lifespan
  • Theme V – Critical Reasoning

The 5 theme areas are horizontally integrated, which allows students to start with the basic material and then progress to more complex ideas over the course of the 2-year curriculum. Accompanying this integration is an increasing emphasis on the development of independent and self-directed learning.

The themes are also vertically integrated, thereby allowing you to clearly incorporate your academic and fieldwork experience.

Inquiry-based Approach

The curriculum is inquiry-based, in that the investigation of problems or key questions forms the basis for all course development. All students develop skills and knowledge in clinical reasoning, critical inquiry and evidence-based practice, which serve as a foundation for all educational experiences in the curriculum.

This progressive, integrated, inquiry-based curriculum allows for the development of increasing competencies in the field of OT and encourages deeper understanding of OT practice.

The MScOT curriculum promotes increasing levels of complexity and understanding and thus we expect students to demonstrate higher levels of learning throughout the educational process. We also intend to capitalize on their considerable intellectual and reflective capabilities (gained through their undergraduate studies) immediately.

For example, we expect students to engage in interpretation, application and critique as soon as they begin coursework. We also expect them to apply evidence in their practice upon graduation.


Fieldwork is a critical aspect of the curriculum, with 1,000 hours designated by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists accreditation standards as the minimum required level.

Within the Queen’s curriculum, you are exposed to a well-rounded fieldwork experience through a variety of planned experiences that are integrated, through the themes, with academic coursework.

Most students are placed within the Queen’s University catchment area (east to Cornwall, west to Oshawa and north to Peterborough, Smiths Falls and Perth).

Placements may also be obtained elsewhere in Ontario, across Canada or internationally, although placements outside of the Queen’s catchment area are limited and based primarily on extenuating circumstances for eligibility.

You are responsible for the costs associated with clinical placements.

While every effort is made to place you in your location of choice, this is not always possible.

MScOT Admission Requirements

MScOT Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission, you must have completed a 4‑year baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a minimum second‑class standing (70%+) from a recognized university.

MScOT Supplementary Materials

  1. All applicants to OT must submit a Statement of Intent (which consists of 2 questions to be completed in the Personal Submissions section of your ORPAS application).
  2. Two Confidential Assessment Forms (CAFs) are considered in your assessment.
    • One CAF must be completed by someone who holds an academic position in a postsecondary university or college and is qualified to judge your academic ability. Positions such as teaching assistant, graduate student, laboratory coordinator or athletic trainer do not qualify as academic referees.
    • The second CAF may be either academic or professional and should be completed by someone who can judge you on your work performance, interpersonal skills and suitability for studies in occupational therapy.
    • Neither of the CAFs may be submitted by relatives or friends.
    • Ensure that the referees you select know you well enough to appraise you on most or all items on the CAF.
  3. A resumé is required.
    • Resumés must be typed in 11‑point font, on 8.5 x 11″ paper, single‑sided, with 1‑inch margins on all 4 edges.
    • They should be no longer than 2 pages.
    • Include your name on your resumé.
    • Upload all resumés to the Personal Submissions section of your ORPAS application.

MScOT Selection Method

MScOT Selection Process

We base the first cut‑off on the cumulative converted grade point average (GPA) for all years of undergraduate university study.

The actual cut‑off mark is based on the applicant pool, but typically applicants entering the MScOT program have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

The second stage of the selection process involves assessing your CAFs and Statement of Intent. The Statement should demonstrate an informed career decision and the particular strengths, experiences and abilities that you would bring to the profession.

You will be ranked for offers and placement on the waiting list using all assessment criteria.

MScOT Additional Information

MScOT Accreditation Status

The MScOT program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

MScOT Contact Information

School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613‑533‑6000, ext. 75448
Fax: 613‑533‑6776
Email: otadmissions@queensu.ca

Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) Program

MScPT Program

The mission of the MScPT program is to inspire our learners to excel as competent and compassionate physiotherapists through transformative education, research, student experiences and collaborative partnerships.

MScPT Curriculum

The curriculum follows a competency‑based framework in which the specific goal is to prepare individuals to undertake the roles of a physical therapist in Canada.

These competency domains include:

  • Physiotherapy expertise
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship
  • Professionalism

Each domain has a set of essential competencies that must be demonstrated for successful completion of the program.

The curriculum will be delivered over a continuous 24‑month period that consists of a combination of academic courses, including clinical instruction and clinical placement experiences.

Most courses receive a grade mark, of which a minimum of B- is considered a pass. Some courses (e.g., clinical placements) are assessed on a pass or fail basis.

Clinical Placements

You will complete a minimum of 1,025 hours in clinical placements over the course of the 2‑year curriculum.

In accepting a position in the MScPT program, you must be prepared to undertake clinical placements as assigned.

We will arrange most clinical placements in facilities within the Queen’s University catchment area (catchment boundaries: Whitby in the west, Cornwall in the east and Orillia/Midland in the north).

We assign clinical placements based on availability, needs and, whenever possible, your preferences. We may also arrange placements elsewhere in Ontario, Canada or internationally, depending on availability.

You must arrange your travel and accommodation and cover related expenses.

Physiotherapy Competency Examination

Upon successfully completing the MScPT program at Queen’s University, you may apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators to take the Physiotherapy Competency Examination.

You must successfully complete the examination to be able to register for professional practice as a physical therapist in Canada.

MScPT Admission Requirements

MScPT Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission, you must have completed a 4‑year baccalaureate degree or equivalent with a minimum second‑class standing (70%+) from a recognized university, including prerequisite courses.

MScPT Academic Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

To be considered eligible for program admission, applicants must earn a minimum grade of B- or (70%) in the following prerequisite university level courses. 

  • Prerequisite 1:  Human Anatomy – minimum half year credit course (e.g., 3-unit course, 0.5 of full course credit)
    • Eligibility: Any course with a focus on human anatomy. The course must include human and anatomy in the course title. 
  • Prerequisite 2:  Human Physiology – minimum half year credit course (e.g., 3-unit course, 0.5 of full course credit)
    • Eligibility: Any course with a focus on human physiology. The course must include human and physiology in the course title.
    • Note: You may use courses that combine Human Anatomy and Physiology as long as it totals a full year or 1.0 full time equivalent course.
  • Prerequisite 3:  Statistics and/or Research Methods/Design – minimum half year credit course (e.g., 3-unit course, 0.5 of full course credit)
    • Eligibility: Any course with a focus on statistical analysis, research methods and/or research design will be accepted. The course must include at least one of the following in the course title: statistics, research design or research methods.  
  • Prerequisite 4:  Human Psychology – minimum half year credit course (e.g., 3-unit course, 0.5 of full course credit)
    • Eligibility: Any course with a focus on human psychology. The course must include human and psychology in the course title and/or description. Prerequisite courses can be taken at any recognized university as part of your undergraduate degree or as continuing education.
    • Note: Although these represent the minimal requirements for admission, given the importance of human anatomy and human physiology, if able, we recommend that you complete a full course in each of anatomy and physiology. If you completed these courses more than 5 years ago, we recommend that you take a refresher course to ensure success in the PT program.

You must complete a Prerequisites Form located in the Personal Submissions section of the ORPAS application. You must submit each course (with course code, name and link to course description), under appropriate prerequisite course section on the ORPAS platform. 

If you have questions about a course, our admissions team can review courses between August and October 30, 2023. Email ptadmissions@queensu.ca and include a detailed course outline and description of the course.

American University Courses

If you attend an American university, your program and prerequisites must be reviewed by our admission team no later than October 30, 2023.

All courses must be completed and the transcripts acknowledging completion must be submitted to ORPAS by June 30, 2024.

MScPT Non-academic Requirements

MScPT Supplementary Materials

Personal Information Form

All applicants to PT must submit the Queen’s Physical Therapy Personal Information Form. This consists of these 3 questions, completed in the application:

  1. Explain your reasons for choosing physiotherapy as a career, demonstrating your knowledge of the profession and scope of practice.
  2. Discuss your activities directly related to physical therapy. Include and clearly outline patient experiences, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, as well as research, co-op placements and employment. Document the duration (number of hours), names of facilities and locations, and the populations with whom you interacted.
  3. Briefly describe other relevant activities that provide evidence of your involvement and leadership in increasing the well-being of individuals, groups or society in general. Include any awards for community service.
    • The content of this Personal Information Form must be written by you, the applicant, and must accurately represent your experiences.

Confidential Assessment Forms (CAFs)

In addition to the Personal Information Form, 2 CAFs are considered.

  • One CAF must be completed by someone who holds an academic faculty professorship position in a university, and who is qualified to judge an applicant’s academic ability.
    • Positions such as teaching assistant, graduate student, laboratory coordinator or athletic trainer do not qualify as academic referees.
  • The second CAF must be completed by a professional; someone who can judge work performance (either paid or volunteer) and interpersonal skills from a non-academic perspective (e.g., a health care professional, coordinator of volunteer services or member of another regulated profession).
  • Neither of the CAFs may be submitted by relatives or friends.

Altus Suite: Casper

All applicants applying to the Physical Therapy program at Queens are required to complete Altus Suite for the 2023-2024 admission cycle.

Altus Suite is a standardized, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

Altus Suite consists of Casper, a 100-120 minute online, open-response situational judgment test.

You will register for Altus Suite for CSP-10201 Professional Health Sciences.

MScPT Selection Method

MScPT Selection Process

Selection of applicants will consider all the previously described assessment criteria, including academic and non-academic elements.

Based on these criteria, applicants will be ranked and notified of their acceptance status:

  • offered a position in the program,
  • placed on a waiting list or
  • unsuccessful.

MScPT Additional Information

MScPT Accreditation Status

The Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University is accredited by the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC).

MScPT Contact Information

School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen’s University
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613‑533‑6000, ext. 75448
Fax: 613‑533‑6776
Email: ptadmissions@queensu.ca

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