ORPAS – Queen’s University

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Last updated: October 19, 2017

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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

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers 2‑year programs leading to Master of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) and Physical Therapy (MScPT).

The Vision

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy will lead and inspire positive changes that transform lives through rehabilitation research, education and practice.

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Selection Factors

Approximately 74 students are admitted annually to each of the MScOT and MScPT programs.

You are selected on the basis of the following:

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

The admissions committees believe that the following general admission requirements are important to successfully study occupational or physical therapy and will assess these factors in the admissions process.

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General Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to either program is a 4‑year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent, with a minimum second‑class standing from a recognized university. Specific prerequisite requirements for the Physical Therapy program are included with the program description.

Preference is not given if you have studied in any particular university program or if you have any particular level of training (i.e., undergraduate versus graduate degree). Place of residence and university where studies were undertaken are not criteria in selection.


Admission is restricted to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) before the application deadline date.

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 the first day of the month of your first term, you must achieve a satisfactory score on 1 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)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
    Minimum score required: 80
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Minimum score required: 8

Admission with Advanced Standing

You are not normally considered for admission with advanced standing or on a part‑time basis. All students admitted to either program must be registered full‑time for 2 years (24 months).

Interest in Future PhD

There are a limited number of positions available for you to enroll in the research‑oriented doctoral degree program in Rehabilitation Science immediately upon completing your professional program. Programs may be tailored to allow you to pursue your particular area of research interest during your MScPT or MScOT program, thus better preparing you for doctoral level studies.

To learn more about future PhD, email the Graduate Assistant.

Disability and Admission to Rehabilitation Therapy

While having a disability should not preclude consideration for admission, the disability must not prevent you from performing techniques and components of patient care that are essential to practicing occupational or physical therapy.

See Essential Skills and Attributes Required.


When you enter any training program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University, you are required to provide documentation of your 2‑step tuberculin skin test status, varicella serological status and immunization history for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, tetanus and hepatitis B. Annual influenza immunization is also required before clinical/fieldwork placements.

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

You are advised to visit your family physician, student health services or public health office to be screened or to enter an immunization schedule. Vaccination occurs at your cost.

If you are entering the first year of a rehabilitation therapy program, this documentation is required in the first week of the program. It is understood that hepatitis B immunization may not be complete at registration, but this must be in progress and must be completed before the first clinical placement begins.

Upon entry to the program, you are also required to provide a copy of a valid certificate in standard first aid 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 are required to obtain a new criminal record check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. This must be updated annually while in the MSc Program.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy offers a 24‑month program in OT leading to a professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) degree.

The mission of our education program is to prepare OT professionals, who continually strive for the highest standards of professional practice in their roles as experts in enabling occupation, and who demonstrate strong clinical reasoning, evidence‑based practice, innovative leadership and commitment to community development.

Our goal is also to offer an innovative curriculum and learning environment that serves to shape the practice environment and future roles of occupational therapists.

The overall aim of the program is to ensure that when you graduate, you have the ability to provide leadership within a changing health care and practice environment, and that you acquire the essential competencies required to become a practicing OT.

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

The curriculum is designed to promote the following:

  • curiosity and innovation;
  • leadership;
  • critical thinking;
  • strong professional identity;
  • integrity; and
  • a commitment to occupational justice.

The MScOT curriculum consists of a combination of required academic courses, fieldwork, community development and a critical inquiry project. 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 rapidly changing health care system.

Each course

  • integrates and builds on the foundational material (e.g., anatomy, physiology, psychology, sociology, etc.);
  • evaluates knowledge and practice within the context of current evidence; and
  • engages you to apply this knowledge to your fieldwork and other health‑related experiences.

The intent is to encourage self‑directed learning, transformative learning and reflective practitioner behaviours.

The program is organized into the following 5 themes:

Theme I  Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy
Theme II Determinants of Occupation
Theme III  Communication Skills
Theme IV Community Development
Theme V  Critical Inquiry

The 5 theme areas are horizontally integrated into the MScOT curriculum. This allows you to start with the basic material and then progress to more complex ideas over the course of the 2‑year curriculum.

Accompanying this shift 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. The curriculum is inquiry‑based, in that the investigation of problems or key questions will form the basis for all course development.

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

You are required to take courses within all theme areas to develop the essential competencies required to practice occupational therapy. You will emerge from the program with in‑depth exposure to the full spectrum of communication skills required to support both practice and leadership interactions at the level of the client and family, organization, and system.

The unique Community Development stream provides an innovative opportunity for you to work with organizations, while exploring emerging roles for occupational therapy practice in the community. You will be required to develop skills and knowledge in the area of critical inquiry. Critical inquiry and evidence‑based practice will serve as a foundation for all educational experiences in this curriculum.

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

The majority of fieldwork placements are arranged in facilities within the Queen’s University catchment area (extending from Aurora/Newmarket in the west, Cornwall in the east and to Lindsay/Peterborough/Perth/Smith Falls/Pembroke to the north).

While there may be an opportunity to complete placements throughout Canada, placements outside of the Queen’s catchment area are not guaranteed and are dependent on availability. When available, opportunities to apply for international placements can occur in the second year of the program for students with demonstrated leadership and high academic standing.

Accreditation Status

The MScOT Program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) for a period of 7 years (January 2012 to January 2019).

The CAOT Academic Credentialing Council commended the OT Program for its “excellent occupational therapy education, based on good educational and philosophical principles, which have translated into a high quality education for their students”.

Requirements for Admission

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

Supplementary Materials

  1. All applicants to OT must submit a Statement of Intent (see “Personal Submissions,” which consists of 2 questions to be completed in the online application).
  2. Two Confidential Assessment forms are considered in your assessment.
    • 1 Confidential Assessment Form 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 Confidential Assessment Form 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 Confidential Assessment forms may be submitted by relatives or friends.
  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 in the ORPAS application.

Method of Selection

The first cut‑off is based 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 OT program have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

The second stage of the selection process involves assessing your Confidential Assessment forms 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.

Contact Information

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

Telephone: 613‑533‑6000, ext. 77318
Fax: 613‑533‑6776
Email: l.kerr@queensu.ca

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Physical Therapy (PT) Program

The mission of the MScPT program is to provide an outstanding learning environment for the education of future physical therapy professionals.

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 roles include the following:

  • Clinical practitioner
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Advocate
  • Scholarly practitioner
  • Professional

Each role is considered to be an essential competency that must be demonstrated for successful completion of the program.

The curriculum is delivered over a continuous 24‑month period that consists of 14 (7‑week) blocks:

  • 9 blocks are devoted to academic/clinical instruction, and
  • 5 blocks are assigned 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/fail basis.

You will complete a total of 1,125 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. The majority of clinical placements will be arranged 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). Clinical placements are assigned based on availability, needs and, whenever possible, your preferences.

You are required to arrange your travel and accommodation, and cover related expenses. Placements may also be arranged elsewhere in Ontario, Canada or internationally, depending on availability.

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

The examination must be successfully completed for professional registration to practice as a physical therapist in Canada.

Accreditation Status

In September 2012, Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) granted the MScPT Program at Queen’s University “Accreditation, Fully Compliant” until October 2018.

Requirements for Admission

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

Supplementary Materials

  1. All applicants to PT must submit the Queen’s Physical Therapy Personal Information Submission (this consists of 3 questions completed in the online application).
  2. In addition, 2 Confidential Assessment forms are considered in your assessment.
    • 1 Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by someone who holds an academic faculty professorship position in a university, who has taught you 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 assessment must be completed by a professional; someone who can judge your performance and interpersonal skills from a non‑academic perspective (i.e., a health care professional, coordinator of volunteer services).
    • Neither of the Confidential Assessment forms may be submitted by relatives or friends.

Prerequisite Courses

Eligible students will have completed the following at the university level: Courses in introductory psychology (full‑year credit), human anatomy (minimum half‑year credit), human physiology (minimum half‑year credit), and statistics (half‑year credit).

Comprehensive content is required for all prerequisite courses:

  • Introductory psychology content must cover the basic areas of psychology, including perception; cognition; learning and motivation and their biological substrata; development across the lifespan; individual differences; social psychology and behaviour disorders. Courses must be offered through the Psychology department.
  • Human anatomy and human physiology are the foundation of study in physiotherapy. One full course in each of anatomy and physiology is recommended. Anatomy courses must be comprehensive, covering gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral and neurological systems.
  • Physiology courses must cover the principles of human physiology, including properties of the living cell and the internal environment; neural, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems; metabolism; reproduction; and homeostasis.
  • Statistics content must include statistical methods; probability theory; random variables; distributions; estimation; confidence intervals; elementary non‑parametric methods; exploratory data analysis and hypothesis tests for 1 or 2 groups; simple linear regression and contingency tables.

Prerequisite courses may be taken at any recognized university. You may have taken these subjects within your undergraduate degree or as additional courses. Web‑based and distance education, university‑level courses are acceptable, as long as they meet the prerequisite requirements.

You are required to complete the Prerequisites Form located in the “Personal Submissions” section of the ORPAS online application.

Note: Enter all courses necessary to fulfill the requirement for comprehensive content in each of the 4 subject areas.

You are strongly advised to review the course content of your submitted prerequisite courses. While some courses may be a half‑year credit (minimum acceptable), this does not necessarily mean that the content in the course encompasses the required comprehensive content listed in this section.

Note: You are required to include a URL that links to an online course description from the university calendar. All courses must be completed and the transcripts acknowledging completion must be submitted to ORPAS by June 30, 2018.

In addition, if you apply to Queen’s University, you are required to upload to ORPAS a detailed course description, from the university calendar, for each course you propose will fulfill an academic prerequisite, if this course is not on the list of approved courses on the school website. These course descriptions can be uploaded via SAM in your ORPAS application, or mailed directly to ORPAS..

Note: Course descriptions from the university calendar must clearly demonstrate all required content. If a course description does not reflect the full content of the course and prerequisite criteria, you must provide the course outline/syllabus as well.

Please copy and paste the official course descriptions and a PDF copy of the course outline/syllabus, if required, and upload it to ORPAS. Include your full name and ORPAS username on the paperwork.

The second stage of the selection process involves assessing the Confidential Assessment forms and the Personal Information Submission. The application must demonstrate an informed career decision and the particular strengths, experiences and abilities that you would bring to the profession.

The following items must be answered on the ORPAS online application:

  1. Please 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.

You are evaluated using a Personal Information Assessment Form based on the material in the application package.

Method of Selection

The first cut off is based on both the cumulative converted grade point average (cum-GPA) for all years of undergraduate university study and the grade point average of the most recent 10 full-course credits of undergraduate university education (sub-GPA). The actual cut-off values are dependent on the applicant pool each year. In 2017, the cum-GPA cut-off was 2.89 and the sub-GPA cut-off was 3.68.

The second stage of the selection process involves the assessment of the personal submission information and referee comments.

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

Contact Information

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

Telephone: 613‑533‑6000, ext. 79141
Fax: 613‑533‑6776
Email: ptinfo@queensu.ca

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