ORPAS – Western University

Note: This application guide contains information for Fall 2020 Admission.

University program information changes regularly. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: October 18, 2019

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School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Western’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) educates graduate students in the professions of audiology and speech‑language pathology.

Audiologists and speech‑language pathologists work with people who have hearing, speech, language, voice, swallowing and cognitive-communication impairments. They also investigate the symptoms, causes and treatments of such impairments, and conduct research into normal hearing, speech, language, voice, swallowing, and communication mechanisms and processes.

The SCSD contains academic, clinical and research facilities for specialized instruction in audiology and speech‑language pathology, including in‑house laboratories and audiovisual/computer‑based learning facilities.

The SCSD also houses the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic and the National Centre for Audiology, which provide well‑equipped facilities for assessing and treating hearing, speech, language and voice disorders, and for counselling and research. The clinical activities are supervised by full‑ and part‑time clinical faculty.

Entry to the graduate programs in audiology and speech‑language pathology is very competitive. Be aware that the number of students who seek admission to the program considerably exceeds the number of places that are available. Prospective students must meet the minimum requirements listed in the Admission Requirements section. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission Requirements: Audiology

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed a 4‑year university degree prior to entering the program.
  2. Successfully completed at least 1 from each of the following 4 prerequisite half‑year courses:
    1. Developmental Psychology or Normal Lifespan Development
    2. Statistics
    3. Human Anatomy or Human Physiology
    4. Social Science/Psychology/Linguistics, covering basic human processes important for communication sciences and disorders. Acceptable courses include: Physiological Psychology; Neuropsychology; Sensation; Perception; Learning and Memory; Cognition; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; or Introduction to Speech, Language and/or Hearing Sciences or Disorders.
  3. Western strongly encourages that you complete at least 1 course in mathematics, physics or engineering science.

  4. Maintained a minimum “B” average (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) in the 10 full courses or 20 half courses most recently completed. Grades in both undergraduate courses and graduate courses (if any) will be included.
  5. Completed a minimum of 14 hours of supervised experience in a communication disorders setting with a registered audiologist and provide a completed Clinical Reference Form, included in the ORPAS application.
  6. Provide at least 2 letters of academic reference. If you have not taken courses at the university level for more than 5 years, you may provide references from employers or professional colleagues who are able to comment on your suitability for graduate studies.
  7. Provide a Statement of Intent (completed online as part of the application).

Admission Requirements: Speech‑Language Pathology

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed a 4‑year university degree prior to entering the program.
  2. Successfully completed at least 1 from each of the following 6 prerequisite half‑year courses:
    1. Developmental Psychology or Child Development
      • At least 1 of these courses must include a section on normal language acquisition/development.
    2. Introduction to Linguistics
      • At least 1 of these courses must include a section on normal language acquisition/development.
      • Must include a section on phonetics.
    3. Statistics
    4. Human Anatomy; Human Physiology
    5. Life/biomedical/general sciences course that covers basic processes important for communication sciences and communication disorders. Acceptable courses include: Anatomy; Neuroscience; Physiology; Physics; Biology; Pharmacology; Physiological Psychology or equivalent.
    6. Social Science/Psychology/Linguistics covering basic human processes important for communication sciences and communication disorders. Acceptable courses include: Physiological Psychology; Neuropsychology; Perception; Learning and Memory; Normal Lifespan Development; Cognition; Social Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Semantics; Syntax; Pragmatics; Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders; or equivalent.
  3. We recommend that you take additional courses listed in items (e) and (f).

  4. Maintained a minimum “B” (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) average in the 10 full courses or 20 half courses most recently completed. Grades in both undergraduate courses and graduate courses (if any) will be included.
  5. Completed a minimum of 14 hours of supervised experience in a communication disorders setting with a registered speech‑language pathologist and provide a completed Clinical Reference Form, included in the ORPAS application.
  6. Provide at least 2 letters of academic reference. If you have not taken courses at the university level for more than 5 years, you may provide references from employers or professional colleagues who are able to comment on your suitability for graduate studies.
  7. Provide a Statement of Intent (completed online as part of the application).

Transcripts

You are required to submit official transcripts to ORPAS from each postsecondary institution that you have attended, even if the course(s) are posted on your home university transcript or are not relevant to your application. This includes transcripts for course work that is currently in progress, taken on Letter of Permission, taken for transfer credit or on an exchange.

For transcripts issued in a language other than English, applicants must submit 1 official transcript in the original language as well as 1 certified English translation. International transcripts should be accompanied by a World Education Services (WES) evaluation. Transcripts for courses taken on exchange are not required to provide a WES evaluation.

Calculation of GPA

A calculation will be completed based on your final 60 units of university academic study (the equivalent of 10 full courses or 20 half courses) completed by December 31 of the application year, and will include graduate-level courses, summer, part‑time, intersession, correspondence and failed university courses taken beyond the 4‑year undergraduate degree.

If you are currently enrolled in the fourth year of a baccalaureate program, this calculation will start with your final fall grades (completed December 31) and will move back in chronological order based on the order of courses listed on the transcript.

Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 10 full courses, the average of that term (e.g., your second year) will be used. Western does not include placement/internship/activity/co-op‑type courses, Bachelor of Education, college-level certificate or diploma program courses and non‑convertible grades (including “Pass”) in the calculation. Exchange program grades are included in the admission average if they are convertible.

Admission decisions are based on a strong, overall admission package consisting of the following:

  1. academic background and preparation for further study;
  2. GPA of previous university course work;
  3. volunteer experience in the field and in related areas;
  4. letters of academic reference;
  5. letter of clinical reference and
  6. Statement of Intent.

Successful applications generally exhibit exceptional GPAs obtained during previous university course work, strong academic references from professors who know you well and a strong clinical reference that reflects your interpersonal skills and potential clinical strengths as a future clinician.

Academic references should contain letters from your former professors that support and explain the ratings they have provided on the rating form. Your Statement of Intent should elaborate on your unique and exceptional qualities and future goals rather than on your aspirations to become an audiologist or speech‑language pathologist.

Admission decisions made by the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are final and not subject to appeal.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum TOEFL score of 105 on the internet-based version or an overall score of 8 on the IELTS.

Note: Test results must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, by the testing agency and must be received by the application deadline. Western’s TOEFL ID is 0984.

Permanent Residency Status

Applicants who are permanent residents of Canada must submit a copy of the front and back of their permanent resident card as part of the application, using Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM). The date on the back of the card must be legible.

Statement On Potential Health Risks/Immunization Requirements

Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders can be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including hepatitis B and HIV). If you are accepted to the program, you will be sent complete documentation about health status policies and immunization requirements, where applicable. Documentation of immunization and tuberculin status is required.

Graduate Degrees Offered

The SCSD offers the following degrees:

  1. Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) – Communication Sciences and Disorders (Audiology)
  2. Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) – Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech‑Language Pathology)

Students enrolled in these MClSc degree programs receive comprehensive, professional education in audiology or speech‑language pathology. The focus of the MClSc Degree is on developing clinical excellence. The MClSc Degree provides a solid foundation of critical thinking and problem solving necessary for clinical practice.

Requirements for MClSc

The minimum requirements for completion of each degree are as follows:

  1. 6 full‑time terms of graduate work;
  2. satisfactory fulfillment of the prescribed curriculum in audiology or speech‑language pathology and
  3. an accumulation of at least 350 supervised clinical practicum hours approved by the SCSD.

Certification/Registration

Graduates of the MClSc degree meet all existing requirements for the following:

  • membership and certification by Speech‑Language and Audiology Canada (SAC);
  • membership by the Ontario Association of Speech‑Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) and
  • licensing from the College of Audiologists and Speech‑Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Registration with CASLPO is required by law for professionals practicing audiology and speech‑language pathology in Ontario.

Student Support

There are numerous scholarships, awards and bursaries available, some of which are listed in this section. Log in to the SCSD website for detailed information about each.

Examples include the following:

  • Andy Leeper Memorial Award
  • Barbershoppers Entrance Award
  • Daniel Ling Scholarship
  • Jean Kienapple Memorial Scholarship
  • Leeper Family Award
  • Maureen Williams Memorial Award
  • Overall Academic Achievement
  • Overall Clinical Achievement
  • Peter Newby Award
  • Richard C. Seewald Entrance Scholarship in Audiology
  • Strachan Memorial Award
  • TA Award
  • W.A. Cole Award in Audiology

Contact Information

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Faculty of Health Sciences
Elborn College, Room 1000
1201 Western Road
Western University
London ON  N6G 1H1

Telephone: 519‑661‑3227
Email: earmouth@uwo.ca

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School of Occupational Therapy

The first in Canada to offer a graduate professional program in occupational therapy, Western University’s School of Occupational Therapy offers a dynamic learning environment supported by innovation in teaching and research.

This 2‑year graduate program is designed to prepare students who have varied undergraduate backgrounds for entry-level occupational therapy practice. The program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Our program combines classroom, group and individual study, as well as fieldwork experiences to integrate the theoretical content and skills essential for practice.

Learning experiences extend beyond the classroom and include fieldwork, skills labs, case studies, clinical mentorships and evidence-based community development projects.

If you wish to become an occupational therapist and are self‑directed, motivated, flexible, resourceful and committed to lifelong learning, you are an ideal student for the program.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must hold a 4‑year undergraduate degree from an accredited university or postsecondary degree-granting institution.

The actual sub-GPA cut-off for academic achievement resulting in an offer is based on the applicant pool.

Components of a complete application include:

  1. An ORPAS application.
  2. Official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended.
  3. Responses to questions in the “Personal Submissions” section of the application.
  4. Completed CASPerTM score.
  5. Other supporting documentation, as required, as indicated in Supporting Information.
  6. Application fee payment.

Transcripts

You are required to submit official transcripts directly to ORPAS from each postsecondary institution you attended. This includes transcripts for course work that is currently in progress, taken on Letter of Permission, taken for transfer credit or on an exchange. If you are applying in your final year of your bachelor’s degree, you must provide proof of your degree completion (i.e., degree conferral) by June 30, 2020.

International transcripts: For transcripts outside of Canada and the US, applicants must submit the following:

  • 1 official transcript sent from the institution directly to ORPAS
  • 1 certified English translation, if the transcript is not in English
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluation of the transcript
    Note: A WES evaluation is not required for courses taken on exchange.
  • If possible, a legend from the university explaining the grading scale

Personal Submission

You are required to provide a written response to 4 points (5,000 character limit).

CASPerTM – Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
All applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPerTM), to assist with the selection process. Successful completion of CASPerTM is mandatory to maintain admission eligibility. CASPerTM 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.

Testing takes place outside of the ORPAS application. You will require your OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number and government-issued ID to sign-up for CASPerTM. You will receive your OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number after you submit your ORPAS application. CASPerTM results are sent directly to Western’s School of Occupational Therapy from the CASPerTM agency. Applicants with incomplete or missing CASPerTM scores will not be considered for admission. You are required to update your CASPerTM account with the appropriate OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number once the ORPAS application has been submitted.

Provide the same name and email address on the ORPAS application and CASPerTM.

Read more about CASPerTM
Testing Dates
CASPerTM FAQ

You have 2 options for completing CASPerTM:

  1. Complete CASPerTM after submitting an ORPAS application.
  2. Complete CASPerTM before submitting an ORPAS application.

International Applicants

  • Two spots are reserved for international applicants with a competitive application.
  • Internationally trained occupational therapists are not eligible to apply.

Indigenous Applicants

Two spots are reserved for Indigenous applicants who are Canadian citizens and have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree. We will consider Indigenous applicants with a sub-GPA of 3.4 or higher. In order to be considered for these spots, you must indicate your Indigenous status in your application.

Supporting Information for Permanent Residents of Canada

Permanent residents of Canada need to provide proof of permanent resident status in their application. A copy of the front and back of the permanent resident card must be submitted to ORPAS by the application deadline. The date on the back of the card must be legible.

English-Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must supply evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last 2 years in 1 of the following:

Test results must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, by the testing agency and must be received by the application deadline. Western’s TOEFL ID is 0984.

If, after admission, you show an inadequate command of spoken or written English, you must improve your proficiency to the satisfaction of the School of Occupational Therapy. You may be asked to withdraw from the program if your command of English interferes with your ability to provide quality professional services.

Additional Considerations

  • The School of Occupational Therapy will not consider your application if you are currently registered in another Canadian Occupational Therapy Program.
  • The School of Occupational Therapy will not consider your application if you have been required to withdraw from a Professional Rehabilitation Sciences Program.
  • Admission decisions made by the School of Occupational Therapy are final and not subject to appeal.

You must be cognizant that the MScOT Program is an intense program, offered on a full-time, in-class basis only. Your application must support your ability to keep up with a full-time workload.

Calculation of Sub-GPA

A calculation of your sub-GPA will be completed based on your final most recent 60 units (equivalent to 20 half courses or 10 full courses) completed by December 31 of the application year.

Such calculations will also include marks from the following types of courses:

  • summer;
  • part‑time;
  • intersession;
  • distance studies;
  • exchange program;
  • failed university courses;
  • courses taken beyond the 4‑year undergraduate degree or
  • graduate-level university courses.

If you are currently enrolled in the fourth year of a baccalaureate program, this calculation will start with your final fall grades (completed December 31) and will move back in chronological order based on the order of courses listed on the transcript.

Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 10 full courses, the average of that year (e.g., your second year) will be used. Western does not include skill/activity-type courses (e.g., sports performance courses, music performance courses, arts performance courses), placement/internship courses, Bachelor of Education, college certificate or diploma program courses or non‑convertible grades (including “Pass”) in the calculation.

ORPAS does not use grades from graduate or International Exchange courses (outside of North America) in the calculation of sub-GPA; however, Western will re-calculate your sub-GPA to include the grades from these courses.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to refuse courses not considered eligible, or comparatively equivalent, to undergraduate or graduate study in the liberal arts or sciences. If convertible, the grades obtained in an exchange program are included in the admission sub-GPA.

Application Evaluation

In evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee considers your overall academic background, your CASPerTM score and your Personal Submission. The School of Occupational Therapy does not conduct interviews.

Deposit

If you accept an offer of admission to the MScOT Program, you must pay a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit to hold your spot in the class. The tuition deposit is applied to the fall term tuition upon registration.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a required component of the program.

The Program has 4 block fieldwork placement courses that have an assigned course number and are graded on a pass/fail basis. You are required to pass all fieldwork placements to advance in the program.

During fieldwork, you have the opportunity to integrate theory with practice under the direction of a registered occupational therapist. Fieldwork placements expose you to a broad range of clients, different models of practice and a variety of practice settings. Opportunities for fieldwork experiences are diverse.

Western is located in London, Ontario, which has one of Canada’s largest health care centres. The program has priority for placements primarily in Southwestern Ontario, with opportunities to travel internationally and to Northern Ontario.

Close ties to world‑class hospitals, community agencies and private facilities provide the opportunity for you to engage in varied clinical experiences.

Upon completing the program, you will have accumulated at least 1,000 hours of block fieldwork experience. Additional fieldwork hours may also be integrated in other courses in the curriculum.

Statement on Potential Health Risks/Immunization Requirements

In Occupational Therapy, you may be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including hepatitis B or HIV). If you are accepted to the program, and as applicable, you will receive complete documentation about health status policies and immunization requirements.

We require documentation of immunization and tuberculin status.

Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check

Due to the increased number of fieldwork sites that require you to have a Police Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check, you are required to complete this process upon admission.

Licensing for Practice as an Occupational Therapist

Licensing is a provincial requirement in Ontario. The regulatory body is the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO).

To register for a license, you must successfully complete all academic and fieldwork requirements at a university program in Occupational Therapy, accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), and pass the national certification examination.

Contact Information

School of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Elborn College
Western University
London ON  N6G 1H1

Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 84351
Email: askot@uwo.ca

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School of Physical Therapy

Located in Elborn College on the southwest corner of Western’s campus, the School of Physical Therapy offers personal attention through low student-to-faculty ratios. Classroom and research areas are modern and spacious. The School has 15 full‑time faculty members, and is proud to have 18 clinicians who teach full and/or sections of courses. There are more than 110 clinical facilities within Southwestern Ontario that offer a broad spectrum of clinical placement experiences for the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students.

The mission of Western’s MPT Program is to prepare graduates for entry-to-practice as autonomous primary care physical therapists with the requisite competencies to provide leadership and service to individuals and communities within a complex, dynamic global health care environment. The MPT Program is celebrated for its collaborative, team-based learning and practice setting‑based curriculum, which utilizes various teaching methods, including lectures, clinical skills laboratories, seminars, case‑method learning, problem‑based learning, self‑study, research projects and clinical placements. The Program prepares students for their roles as clinical practitioner, communicator, collaborator, manager, advocate, scholarly practitioner and health care professional across all areas of practice and practice settings.

The MPT degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the 24‑month curriculum, which includes approximately 60 weeks of classroom/laboratory work and 30 weeks of clinical education.

Program requirements are completed by the end of August of the second year. Graduates of the MPT Program will be awarded their degree in the fall convocation.

Application Requirements

Refer to MPT Professional Program for more detailed information about these requirements.

If you have all the necessary requirements and prerequisite courses, and if you have permanent residency, hold Canadian citizenship or are an international applicant, you will be considered eligible for admission. Applicants who are permanent residents of Canada must submit a copy of both the front and back (date on the back must be legible) of their permanent residency card as part of their application.

The following criteria are requirements:

  1. A 4-year baccalaureate degree with high academic standing from a recognized university. You are required to submit official transcripts to ORPAS from all postsecondary institutions that you have attended. This includes transcripts for course work that is currently in progress, course work taken on Letter of Permission, transfer credits, advanced standing credits or course work taken on an exchange. For transcripts issued in a language other than English, applicants must submit 1 official transcript in the original language, as well as 1 certified English translation. Note: A WES evaluation is not required for courses taken during an exchange program.
  1. 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 or someone who supervised the applicant working with individuals with special needs.
    • The Confidential Assessment Forms must not be submitted by relatives, friends or family friends.
    • Confidential Assessment Forms should elaborate on the applicant’s unique and exceptional qualities
  1. Prerequisite courses must be taken at any recognized university. Prerequisite courses may have been taken as part of an undergraduate degree or as additional university credit courses. University, web-based and distance education courses are accepted providing they meet the prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past 7 years (from the ORPAS application deadline). A minimum average of a “B-” or 70% grade must have been achieved for each prerequisite course. Pass grades will not be accepted for the prerequisite courses. The following university-level prerequisite courses or their equivalents are required (use the online Prerequisite Form):
    • One half course in Human, Mammalian or Vertebrate Physiology. We do not accept Animal Physiology, Invertebrate Physiology or Exercise Physiology to fulfill this requirement.
    • One full course (or 2 half courses) in Science (e.g., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology).
    • One half course in Statistics, Research Methods or Research Design.
    • One full course (or 2 half courses) in Social Science (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Economics, History, Geography, Anthropology) or Liberal Arts (e.g., Languages, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Ethics, Classical Studies, Film Studies, Comparative Literature, Humanities, Music, Dance, Visual Arts); or any combination of these 2.
  2. Full courses are generally defined as 6‑credit, full-year courses; half courses are defined as 3‑credit, half-year courses.

    Prospective applicants may complete summer courses and part‑time academic‑year courses to fulfill the prerequisite course requirements. All prerequisite courses must be either completed or in progress by the ORPAS application deadline (January 8, 2020).

    A transcript is required to show proof of in-progress courses. The MPT Program must receive a final transcript that shows the completion of the in-progress course(s) by June 30 of the application year. Use the online Prerequisite Form to list your prerequisites.

  1. Applicant’s Statement (completed online as part of the application). The applicant’s statement (2,500 characters maximum or approximately 400 words) should include all of the following components:
    • An explanation of why you have chosen physical therapy as a career, demonstrating your knowledge of the profession and its scope of practice.
    • An explanation of why you have chosen the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program at Western University.
    • A description of what you will bring to the physical therapy profession (e.g., strengths, experiences, attributes, leadership skills and/or abilities).
    • Your Applicant’s Statement should elaborate on your unique and exceptional qualities rather than just on your aspirations to become a physical therapist.
  1. Completion of voluntary or paid physical therapy‑related experience (completed online as part of the application). Provide a brief list (maximum of 4) of any activities (volunteer or paid) directly related to the physical therapy field, including a clear outline of the types of patients/individuals and your role. This experience does not need to take place at a physical therapy clinic but should include working with patients/individuals with needs that could be serviced by a physical therapist. Documentation must include the total number of hours of involvement, as well as the applicant’s role and the population with which the applicant interacted. Important: Enter the total number of hours only. Applicants who enter the number of hours per week will not be credited since the total number of hours cannot be discerned.
  1. Completion of paid or unpaid non-physical therapy/community service activities (completed online as part of the application). You will be asked to provide a brief description (maximum of 4 activities) of any volunteer activities that provide evidence of your involvement and leadership in increasing the well-being of individuals, groups or society in general. Documentation must include the total number of hours of involvement, as well as the applicant’s role and the population with which the applicant interacted. Important: Enter the total number of hours. Applicants who enter the number of hours per week will not be credited since the total number of hours cannot be discerned.
  1. Accomplishments (completed online as part of the application). Describe 2 accomplishments of which you are most proud. Accomplishments do not need to be related to physical therapy. Examples could include, but are not limited to, recognition for outstanding community service, entrepreneurial initiatives, publication of a research study in a scientific journal, development of a new club/program, overcoming adversity, etc. (Maximum 360 characters or approximately 50 words per accomplishment.)
  1. You are required to complete a CASPerTM online video scenario, situational-judgement test. CASPerTM testing takes place outside of the ORPAS application, but requires an OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number, which is generated only once you submit your ORPAS application. Specific CASPerTM testing dates for Western are listed on the CASPerTM website.
     
    You have 2 options for completing CASPerTM:

    1. Complete CASPerTM after submitting an ORPAS application.
    2. Complete CASPerTM before submitting an ORPAS application.
      • You are required to update your CASPerTM account with the appropriate OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number once the application has been submitted. Applicants who do not include their OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number may not be credited with having written CASPerTM since the OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number provides a means to match CASPerTM results with the OUAC Account.

     
    Your CASPerTM results will be forwarded directly to Western’s School of Physical Therapy from Altus Assessments, the agency that administers CASPerTM. When you enter your OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number, do not include spaces or dashes. When you create your account in CASPerTM you must use an identical given name, surname, email address and telephone number as was used to create your OUAC Account. Failing to enter correct and identical information may mean that the Committee is unable to match your CASPerTM results with your OUAC Account, and your file would be considered incomplete and result in your application being disqualified from further consideration.

    Applicants do not receive the results of their test. Applicants rated as below average or with incomplete or missing CASPerTM scores will not be considered for admission. Questions about CASPerTM should be directed to Altus Assessments. If required, Altus Assessments also provides technical support during the test.

  1. The 2-year MPT Program is both academically and physically challenging. The program requires full-time study. Ensure that you are capable of being a full-time student.
  1. Students entering the MPT Program must attend and participate in human cadaver anatomy dissection labs.
  1. Students must be prepared to act as patients for their fellow classmates for all class laboratories and practical examinations.

Transfer Students

Students who have already partially completed a physical therapy professional degree at another institution may make a request to transfer into Western University’s MPT Program.

You must meet Western University’s MPT Program’s admission criteria, submit an application through the ORPAS website and indicate that you wish to be considered as a transfer student on the ORPAS application.

You may apply for special consideration if admission criteria are not met. You may apply for advanced standing for specific courses according to MPT policy, if applicable. To apply for special consideration or advanced standing, email the School of Physical Therapy. Transfer requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. All decisions are final and not open to appeal.

Indigenous Students

Up to 2 spots are reserved for Indigenous students who are Canadian citizens and who have fulfilled the necessary admission requirements. Consideration will be given to Indigenous applicants with a sub-GPA (as calculated by ORPAS) of 3.4 or higher. An applicant must self-identify as an Indigenous student in the ORPAS application.

Students who self-identify as indigenous must submit a consent form and documentation to Indigenous Services at Western University.

Read more about Indigenous Services.

International Students

Up to 2 spots are reserved for International students who have fulfilled the necessary admission requirements. Consideration will be given to International applicants with a GPA (as calculated by ORPAS) of 3.4 or higher. An applicant must self-identify as an International student in the ORPAS application.

To be considered, applicants must complete all of the requirements listed on the MPT Admissions website. Official transcripts must be sent directly to ORPAS from the originating academic institution. Official English translations must be completed by a certified translator and must be provided for all non-English documentation submitted.

Transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency. You are required to submit your international transcript to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation. Both the original transcript and WES evaluation must be submitted to ORPAS. You are responsible for any incurred costs in obtaining the WES evaluation. Note: Original transcripts sent to WES from your home university must also be sent to ORPAS.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency; the IELTS is required. The applicant must have a minimum IELTS of 8.0 in both the writing section and the overall score to be considered for an offer without conditions. The official test results report must be uploaded to the ORPAS application, must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University by the testing agency and must be received by the application deadline.

If, after admission, you show an inadequate command of spoken or written English, you must improve your proficiency to the satisfaction of the MPT Program, School of Physical Therapy. You may be asked to withdraw from the program if your command of English interferes with your ability to meet course and program progression requirements, including courses involving clinical placements in professional health care facilities.

If your score on the IELTS overall or writing section are 7.0, you will be considered for a conditional offer. The condition will be removed once you complete and pass the English BOOST Program through the Western English Language Centre (WELC).

The top applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. Applicants are required to successfully complete the interview process to the satisfaction of the Admissions Committee. This interview will make use of video conferencing software like ZOOM.

All applicants who accept an offer to the MPT Program must arrive in Canada prior to July 1 of the incoming year and as soon as possible complete the International Student Orientation for Graduate Students offered through Western’s International & Exchange Student Centre.

Read more about services available for International Students at the International & Exchange Student Centre.

Admission Decisions

If you have met the requirements and completed the prerequisite courses, you are eligible for admission. Place of residence, program of study and university where undergraduate courses and degree were completed are not criteria in the selection process.

The MPT Program uses the following process to determine admission to the program:

  1. From all of the applications received, only the 300 applicants with the highest sub-GPA are given further consideration. The cut-off sub-GPA is dependent on that year’s applicant pool and therefore varies from year to year. The cut-off for the 2019 applicant pool was 3.81.
  2. The top 300 applicants’ files are screened for completeness, including all necessary documentation, CASPerTM and appropriate prerequisites.
  3. The Applicant’s Statement, Letters of Reference, volunteer/paid physical therapy experience, volunteer/paid non-physical therapy activities/community service and accomplishments are then assessed by 3 independent reviewers, and a score is assigned using standardized rubrics for each of these areas. A total final score for each applicant’s file is then calculated. Rubrics are not available for applicants to review
  4. CASPerTM ranking: Students who are ranked below average on CASPerTM will not be given further consideration. Students ranked more than 2 standard deviations above average may be added to the files sent for external review, even if they were not within the top 300 applicants ranked by sub-GPA.
  5. Final ranking for offers of admission is determined by the final overall score calculated for each applicant file. Applicants not receiving a first round offer of admission are placed in order of rank on the waiting list.

Admission decisions made by the School of Physical Therapy are final and not subject to appeal.

Note: The Admissions Committee may need to contact applicants during the selection process. Information will be sent electronically to the address that was used to apply through ORPAS. It is important that applicants configure their email settings to accept messages coming from @uwo.ca addresses. Applicants are encouraged to check their junk/spam mail folders often to ensure important information is not missed during this time.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

GPA calculations are completed by ORPAS. Therefore, if you have questions pertaining to your GPA, direct them to the ORPAS Admissions Coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences professional programs at Western University at 519-661-2111, ext. 84351.

A GPA calculation for admission purposes will be completed based on an applicant’s final 60 units of university academic study (i.e., the equivalent of 10 full courses or 20 half courses), completed by December 31 of the fall term preceding the application deadline. It will include summer, part-time, intersession, distance education and undergraduate university courses taken beyond the 4-year undergraduate degree. Because the GPA does not include all of your university undergraduate courses, it is referred to as a sub-GPA.

For applicants currently enrolled in the fourth year of a bachelor’s degree program, this calculation will start with the applicant’s final fall term grades (completed by December 31) and will move back in chronological order based on the order of courses listed on the transcript. Where grades must be extracted from a term to achieve the equivalent of 10 full courses, the average of that year (e.g., applicant’s second year) will be used.

Western does not include marks from the following types of courses in the calculation of an applicant’s sub-GPA:

  • Graduate studies
  • Placement/internship/activity-type
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Certificate or diploma program

GPA varies between academic institutions and the GPA provided by ORPAS may not be equivalent to the GPA provided by your institution. ORPAS uses the Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table to process your GPA. Refer to this table on the ORPAS website for further details on the conversion scale used in this process.

Exchange program grades are included in the admission GPA if they are convertible.

Applicants Who Graduated from a Non-Canadian University

You may apply if you are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or an international applicant. The application process and the admission requirements are the same for all applicants. To be considered, official transcripts must be sent directly to ORPAS from the originating academic institution. Official English translations must be completed by a certified translator and must be provided for all non-English documentation submitted.

Transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency. You are required to submit your international transcript to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation. Both the original transcript and WES evaluation must be submitted to ORPAS. You are responsible for any incurred costs in obtaining the WES evaluation. Original transcripts sent to WES from your home university must also be sent to ORPAS.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of English-language proficiency; the IELTS is required. The applicant must have a minimum IELTS of 8.0 in both the writing section and the overall score to be considered for an offer without conditions. The official test results report must be uploaded to the ORPAS application and must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, by the testing agency and must be received by the application deadline.

If, after admission, you show an inadequate command of spoken or written English, you must improve your proficiency to the satisfaction of the MPT Program, School of Physical Therapy. You may be asked to withdraw from the program if your command of English interferes with your ability to meet course and program progression requirements, including courses involving clinical placements in professional health care facilities.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences are a required component of the MPT Program. During these experiences, students are provided with supervision and instruction by registered, practicing physical therapists.

There are a total of 30 weeks of clinical placement experience (five 6-week placements), and each student must obtain a minimum of 1,025 hours of clinical experience for graduation.

Location of Clinical Experiences

Western’s Master of Physical Therapy Program (MPT) has more than 110 high-quality clinical experience sites located within Southwestern Ontario. This area extends from Sarnia and Windsor in the west, to Owen Sound in the north, St. Thomas in the south and Kitchener/Waterloo in the east. The MPT Program assigns all clinical placements. Admitted MPT students must be prepared to go to any of the assigned affiliated health care facilities in Southwestern Ontario to fulfill their clinical experience requirements. Students will be required to relocate for 2 or more 6-week time periods to participate in assigned clinical placements, which are greater than a 1-hour drive from London. Having access to a car during clinical placement time periods would be of substantial benefit, but is not essential.

Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check

All students admitted to the MPT Program at Western University must obtain and submit documentation of a police Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC). The VSC must include a search of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database and can typically be obtained through the student’s local police department. This is a requirement of the MPT Program and affiliated health care facilities prior to beginning clinical placements.

Conviction of a criminal offence may affect a student’s ability to obtain the necessary clinical placements for successful graduation from the Masters of Physical Therapy Program.

Statement on Medical and Non-Medical Requirements/Potential Health Risks

Students in the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program may be required to care for persons with infectious diseases (including but not limited to hepatitis B, tuberculosis [TB], human immunoinsufficiency virus [HIV]) and therefore must meet the Ontario Ministry of Labour policies and guidelines for the protection of workers. Students accepted into the MPT Program will be sent documentation regarding mandatory medical and non-medical requirements for completion of clinical placements and other requirements, as specified by the Program. For example, policies, immunizations, VSC, cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers (CPR-HCP), first aid, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (MCU-WSIB) student coverage, infection control.

Upon admission, students are required to obtain and provide up-to-date documentation of immunizations, including 2-step TB, varicella, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), pertussis, tetanus/diphtheria, polio and flu vaccinations. All medical requirements are mandatory. Medical and non-medical requirements need to be updated during the second year of the program. Without the required immunizations and documentation, students may/will be unable to obtain the necessary clinical placements for successful graduation from the MPT Program.

Students are responsible for any costs incurred to fulfill medical, non-medical and Bill 18 MPT Program and affiliated health care facilities clinical placement site requirements.

Licensing

Physical therapists must be licensed or registered to practice physical therapy in Canada. All physiotherapy regulators in Canada, except Quebec, require successful completion of the national Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) administered by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators before being granted the right to practice. The national PCE has 2 components: A written and a practical/clinical component.

The written component of the PCE may be done as early as the final academic term of the university program. Students may not sit the clinical component of the PCE until they have passed the written component and after the academic program is successfully completed.

Requirements for registration differ from province to province and territory to territory. Each provincial or territorial physiotherapy regulatory board should be contacted for their specific requirements.

Accreditation

The Master of Physical Therapy Program at Western University has completed the accreditation review process administered by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). PEAC is an incorporated body under the Canada 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 on September 24, 2016, for the period until October 31, 2022. A description of Accreditation – Fully Compliant, follows.

Accreditation – Fully Compliant

  • A program is in compliance with 100% of the accreditation criteria with in the Accreditation Standards.
  • There are no deficiencies.
  • There could be identified issues and weaknesses that the program must improve upon.
  • Progress towards improving issues and weaknesses must be reported in regular Progress Reports to PEAC.
  • If progress is not made, the program’s accreditation status could be changed to partially compliant or probationary.

Contact PEAC for more information.

Internationally Educated Physical Therapists

Any internationally educated physical therapist who wishes to practice in Canada should first apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators for an assessment of their educational qualifications.

Internationally educated physical therapists whose degree is found to be substantially equivalent to a Canadian entry‑to‑practice level degree will not be considered for admission to the MPT Program.

Any internationally educated physical therapist interested in bridging any gaps identified in the Alliance’s credential review may read more about the Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program. Western does not offer this program.

Contact Information

Master of Physical Therapy Program, School of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Elborn College, Room 1011
Western University
London ON  N6G 1H1

Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84351
Email: ptadmit@uwo.ca

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