ORPAS – Queen’s University

Last updated: October 15, 2020

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2021 admission.

University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

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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.

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School of Rehabilitation Therapy

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

The Vision

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

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Selection Factors

The number of students admitted to the MScOT and MScPT program can vary from year to year. Over the past 5 years class sizes have ranged from approximately 50 to 70 students per program.

We select program applicants based on:

  • 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.

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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. See specific prerequisite requirements for the Physical Therapy program with the program description in this section.

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


We normally 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 2020, 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)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum score required: 8

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

Admission with Advanced Standing

We do not normally consider program 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).

Interest in Future Doctoral Studies

A limited number of positions are available in the Queen’s University Rehabilitation Science doctoral program for strong students with an interest in research, upon completion of their professional program (MScOT or MScPT).

In these cases, the critical inquiry portion of the Master of Science in OT or PT 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.

We are also home to the Aging and Health PhD program and the Rehabilitation and Health Leadership DSc program.

To learn more about future doctoral studies, email the Graduate Assistant, Rehabilitation Science.

Disability and Admission to Rehabilitation Therapy

Queen’s University and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment for all students. If you have any questions related to services available, contact Queen’s Student Accessibility Services for more information.

We also encourage you to refer to the Essential Skills and Attributes Required page on the ORPAS website or to reach out to the Admissions Coordinator (contact information included in this section) for any specific questions regarding our programs.

Indigenous Candidates

Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies welcomes and encourages inquiries and applications for all graduate programs from Indigenous candidates. The applicable graduate program personnel will consider and evaluate your academic, personal and professional background, and other factors indicative of your capacity for graduate-level study and research accordingly and on an individual basis.

To be considered under this regulation (the Indigenous Student Admission Policy), you must self-identify as Indigenous upon application for admission to Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies. (Note: For the purposes of this regulation, Indigenous is defined as First Nation, Metis and Inuit.)

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy recognize the shortage of Indigenous rehabilitation professionals and the need to educate more Indigenous occupational therapists and physiotherapists in Canada. We 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 by identifying as Indigenous. We are committed to providing a safe, respectful and supportive learning environment for all students.

If you are interested, complete the ORPAS application and self-identify through the ORPAS application. In addition, email the Queen’s Admissions Coordinator for Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy to confirm your desire to be considered under the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies Indigenous Student Admissions Regulation.

Every year, we designate 3 spots per program for 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.

Read more about this process and the supports available for prospective Indigenous students.


When you enter any training program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University, you must 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.

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 also required before clinical/fieldwork placements.

Newly admitted students will receive an immunization record by email or 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.

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 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.

Police Record Check

All incoming students must obtain a new Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check. They must update this 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 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 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, etc.),
  • 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 overall aim of the program is to ensure that each graduate acquires the essential competencies required to become a practicing OT, as well as has the ability to provide leadership within complex and ever-changing practice environments. 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.

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. The curriculum is inquiry-based, in that the investigation of problems or key questions forms the basis for all course development. 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.

All students emerge from the program with an in-depth exposure to the full spectrum of communication skills required to support both practice and leadership interactions and the field of community development. All students develop skills and knowledge in the area of clinical reasoning, critical inquiry and evidence-based practice, which serve as a foundation for all educational experiences in this curriculum.

The MScOT curriculum consists of a combination of required academic and fieldwork courses. The curriculum is based on a recognized theoretical framework and taxonomy for occupational therapy, developed by Queen’s occupational therapy faculty and colleagues (McColl, Law, Stewart, Doubt, Pollock & Krupa 2003). 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, it is expected that each course will build on the foundational material required (e.g., anatomy, physiology, psychology, application to 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 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 with coursework and we will expect the application of 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.

The majority of 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. 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.

Accreditation Status

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

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 application).
  2. Two Confidential Assessment forms are considered in your assessment.
    • One 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 of the ORPAS application.

Method of Selection

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 OT program have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 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. 75448
Fax: 613‑533‑6776
Email: otadmissions@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:

  • 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 1,025 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.

You must arrange your travel and accommodation and cover related expenses. We may also arrange placements elsewhere in Ontario, Canada or internationally, depending on availability.

Upon successfully completing the PT 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.

Accreditation Status

The Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University 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 for the period until October 31, 2024. A description of Accreditation – Fully Compliant follows.

More details regarding the definitions of the levels of accreditation are available at www.peac-aepc.ca/english/accreditation/levels-of-accreditation.php or by contacting Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, www.peac-aepc.ca.

Accreditation – Fully Compliant

  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria within the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no criteria in non-compliance.
  • There could be identified concerns that the program must improve upon and report back about in Progress Reports.
  • If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary at any time in the six year accreditation cycle.

Students – Important to Note

If a program loses its accreditation status, its students may not be considered graduates of an accredited physiotherapy education program.

  • Students must be considered graduates from an accredited physiotherapy education program in Canada in order to be eligible to write the Physiotherapy Competency Exam and be licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
  • The program’s accreditation status is important to graduating students with regards to becoming licensed to practice physiotherapy in Canada. It is recommended that students contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (alliancept.org) for information regarding the process to become licensed as a physiotherapist in Canada following graduation.

Find more details about the definitions of the levels of accreditation on the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada website.

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.

Prerequisite Courses

In order to be considered eligible for program admission, you 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).

Given the importance of human anatomy and human physiology to the successful study of physiotherapy, 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.

We require comprehensive content for all prerequisite courses in the 4 foundational subject areas:

  1. 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.
  2. Human anatomy: Anatomy courses must be comprehensive, covering gross anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, visceral and neurological systems.
  3. Human 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.
  4. 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, and simple linear regression and contingency tables.

Prerequisite courses can be taken at any recognized university. These courses may include web-based and distance education courses, as part of your undergraduate degree or as continuing education.

You must complete a Prerequisites Form located in the Personal Submissions section of the ORPAS application. You must enter all the courses necessary to fulfill the requirement for comprehensive content in each of the 4 subject areas. We strongly advise you review the courses to ensure they are included in the list of Queen’s University-approved prerequisite courses. Our admissions team can review and approve new or unlisted prerequisites if you email them a detailed course outline and description no later than November 30, 2020. If a course is not on our list of approved prerequisites, and you have not submitted it for review, your application will not be considered.

If you attend an American university, your program and prerequisites must be reviewed by our admissions team no later than October 30, 2020. All accredited American universities can be found on the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

All courses must be completed and the transcripts acknowledging completion must be submitted to ORPAS by June 30, 2021.

Supplementary Materials

  1. Personal Information Form: All applicants to PT must submit the Queen’s Physical Therapy Personal Information Form (PIF). 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.
  2. In addition, 2 Confidential Assessment Forms are considered.
    • One Confidential Assessment Form 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 Confidential Assessment Form 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 Confidential Assessment Forms may be submitted by relatives or friends.


All applicants to the PT program at Queen’s University must complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test that assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. We will not provide exceptions if you are unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where the internet is not dependable.

Visit the CASPer website to sign up for the Canadian Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10201). You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times.

Note: These are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Direct any inquiries on the test to: support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble on the CASPer website.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you must answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. A different rater grades each response, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. You do not need to study for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure on the CASPer website, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for 1 admission cycle. If you have already taken the test in previous years, we will therefore expect you to re-take it.

Method of Selection

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,
  • placement on a waiting list or
  • unsuccessful.

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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