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Last updated: November 3, 2016

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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. 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, Human Physiology, Physiological Psychology, or Neuroscience
    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.

    Western strongly encourages that you complete at least 1 course in mathematics, physics, or engineering science.

  3. Maintained a minimum “B” average (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) in the 10 full undergraduate courses or 20 half courses most recently completed.
  4. 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 online application.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

    We recommend that you take additional courses listed in items (e) and (f).

  3. Maintained a minimum “B” (3.0 on the ORPAS scale) average in the 10 full undergraduate courses or 20 half courses most recently completed.
  4. 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 online application.
  5. 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.
  6. Provide a Statement of Intent (completed online as part of the application).

Transcripts

You are required to submit official transcripts to ORPAS from each post-secondary institution that you have 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. 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.

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 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 graduate degree course work, practicum/activity‑type courses, Bachelor of Education, certificate or diploma program courses and non‑convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) 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 undergraduate 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.

Admissions 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 (date on the back must be legible) of their Permanent Residency Card as part of the application.

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 below. Please log in to the SCSD website or detailed information about each.

Examples include the following:

  • Andy Leeper Memorial
  • Barbershoppers Entrance
  • 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 1510B
Western University
London ON  N6G 1H1

Telephone: 519‑661‑3227
Fax: 519‑850‑2369
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, the 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, expert seminars, skills labs, case studies, interactions with real and simulated clients, an evidence-based group project, mentoring groups and independent studies.

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

You must hold a 4‑year university undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

If you are an international applicant and your country offers a program in occupational therapy or if you have been trained as an occupational therapist, you are not eligible to apply.

If you have a master’s degree in another field, our admission process focuses on your undergraduate record.

A complete application consists of an online application to ORPAS. The process requires you to submit official transcripts from each postsecondary institution that you attended sent directly to ORPAS. In addition, you are required to complete the “Personal Submission” section (answer 2 questions) of the online application. You may use a maximum of 5,000 characters in response to each question.

Admission requirements include completing a 4‑year university undergraduate degree. Students with a GPA of 3.6 (as calculated by ORPAS) or higher are considered competitive applicants.

Note: We do not conduct interviews as part of the application process.

Transcripts

You are required to submit official transcripts to ORPAS from each postsecondary institution that 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. 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.

Our program has 58 spaces available, with preference given to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. However, 1 place may be made available to an international student, sponsored by an organization such as the Canadian International Development Agency. Such a student needs to meet all academic requirements, have a competitive academic average, and demonstrate proficiency in English.

Additionally, 2 spots are reserved for Indigenous students who are Canadian citizens and have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree. We will consider Indigenous applicants with a GPA (as calculated by ORPAS) of 3.4 or higher.

Permanent Residents of Canada need to provide proof of Permanent Resident status in their application. A copy of the front and back (date on the back must be legible) of the Permanent Residency Card must be submitted to ORPAS by the application deadline.

If English is not your first language you must show evidence of your English-language proficiency with these minimum scores:

  • TOEFL – 105 IBT with a minimum of 23 on the speaking component and no other section below 20
  • IELTS – minimum score of 8

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 can be asked to withdraw from the program if your command of English interferes with your ability to provide quality professional services.

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).

Notes:

  1. The School of Occupational Therapy will not accept your application if you are currently registered in another Canadian Occupational Therapy program.
  2. The School of Occupational Therapy will not accept your application if you have been required to withdraw from a Professional Rehabilitation Sciences program.

Calculation of GPA

A calculation of your GPA 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.

Such calculations will also include the following:

  • summer;
  • part‑time;
  • intersession;
  • correspondence;
  • failed university courses; or
  • 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 year (e.g., your second year) will be used. Western does not include graduate degree course work, skill/activity type courses (e.g., sports performance course, music performance course, arts performance course), practicum courses, Bachelor of Education, certificate or diploma program courses or non‑convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) in the calculation.

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

Application Evaluation

Applicants 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 work load, either academically or professionally, or a combination thereof.

In evaluating applications, the admissions committee considers both your overall academic background and your Statement of Intent. Admissions decisions made by the School of Occupational Therapy are final and not subject to appeal.

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 1 of Canada’s largest health care centres. The program has priority for placements in a catchment area that includes the following:

  • Kitchener‑Waterloo
  • London area
  • Niagara
  • Orillia
  • Owen Sound
  • Southwestern Ontario
  • Windsor

Close ties to world‑class hospitals, community agencies and private facilities provide the opportunity for you to engage in varied clinical experiences. Opportunities are also available for you to complete fieldwork in health care agencies outside of Canada.

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 Screening

Due to the increased number of fieldwork sites that require you to have a police record check with a Vulnerable Sector Screening, 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, Room 2555
Western University
London ON  N6G 1H1

Telephone: 519‑661‑2175
Fax: 519‑661‑3894
Email: otadmit@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/faculty ratios. Classroom and research areas are modern and spacious. The School has 16 full‑time faculty members, and is proud to have 26 clinicians who teach full and/or sections of courses and more than 110 clinical facilities within southwestern Ontario that offer 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 successfully completing the 24‑month curriculum, which includes approximately 60 weeks of classroom/laboratory work and 30 weeks of clinical education. Clinical experience will be gained in the following clinical settings: acute care/hospital, rehabilitation/long term care, ambulatory care/clinics (e.g., private/public out‑patient facilities) and community/home care.

In addition, clinical experience is provided in the following areas of clinical practice: neuro-musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory, and multisystem.

Program requirements are completed by the end of August of the second year. Graduation will take place in the fall.

Application Requirements

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

If you have all the necessary prerequisites, and if you have permanent residency or hold Canadian citizenship, you will be considered eligible for admission. Applicants who are permanent residents of Canada must submit a copy of 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 each post-secondary institution that you have attended. This includes transcripts for course work that is currently in progress, taken on letter of permission, taken for transfer credit or 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.
  1. Two standard letters of reference (ORPAS Confidential Assessment forms).
    • 1 Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by an individual who holds an academic faculty position in a university, who has taught or supervised you, and who is qualified to judge your 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 your performance and interpersonal skills from his/her perspective as a physical therapist, employer, or someone who supervised you working with persons with special needs.
    • It is recommended that neither of the Confidential Assessment forms be submitted by either relatives or friends.
    • Letters of Reference that elaborate on your unique and exceptional qualities are valued.
  1. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any recognized university. These courses may have been taken as part of an undergraduate degree or as additional courses. University, web-based and distance education courses are accepted providing they meet the prerequisite requirements. All pre-requisite courses must have been completed in the past 7 years and a minimum average of 70% achieved.
    The following university level prerequisite courses or their equivalents are required (use the online Prerequisite Form):

    • 1 half course in Human, Mammalian or Vertebrate Physiology. We do not accept Animal Physiology, Invertebrate Physiology or Exercise Physiology to fulfill this requirement.
    • 1 full course (or 2 half courses) in general or introductory Science, including Physical Science; Life Science; or Health Science; or any combination of these (e.g., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology).
    • 1 half course in English or Writing with an essay component (minimum of 1,500 TOTAL words of essay writing within the course) completed at a university in a country where English is the first language. A defended Master’s thesis from a Canadian university would also fulfill this requirement.
    • 1 half course in Statistics (e.g., Statistics, Research Methods, or Research Design).
    • 1 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.

    Full courses are generally defined as 6‑credit, full year courses; half courses are defined as 3‑credit, half year courses. Only 1 prerequisite course may be graded as a pass/fail. All others must have standard grades.

    Prospective applicants may complete summer courses and part‑time academic‑year courses in order to fulfill the prerequisite course requirements. All prerequisite courses must be either completed or in progress by the ORPAS application deadline (January 6, 2017).

    A transcript is required to show proof of “in progress” courses. The school must receive a final transcript that shows the completion of the “in progress” course(s) by August 31, 2017. Please use the online Prerequisite Form to list your prerequisites.

  1. Applicant’s Statement (completed online as part of the application).The applicant’s statement (500 words maximum = 2,500 characters) 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 your particular strengths, experiences, attributes, leadership skills and/or abilities that you will bring to the profession.
    • 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). You will be asked to provide a brief list (maximum of 4) of any activities directly related to the physical therapy field, including a clear outline of patient experiences, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, as well as research, co-op placements and employment.
  1. Completion of volunteer experience (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 again must include the total number of hours of involvement, as well as the applicant’s role and the population with which the applicant interacted.
  1. Awards, Honours and Scholarships (completed online as part of the application). You will be asked to briefly list and describe any awards, honours or scholarships you have received to date, to a maximum of 4 entries. Please indicate the level of the award (e.g., high school, university, community, regional, provincial, national or international) and what the award was for.
  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 be prepared to attend and participate in human cadaver anatomy dissection labs.
  1. Students must also be prepared to act as patients for their fellow classmates for all class laboratories and examinations.

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 GPA (as calculated by ORPAS) of 3.4 or higher. An applicant must self-identify him or herself as an Indigenous student on the on-line ORPAS application and must provide documentation to ORPAS of Indigenous status.

Admission Decisions

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

  1. GPA based on last 10 full course equivalents (or 20 half course equivalents)
  2. The Applicant’s Statement
  3. Letters of Reference (1 academic and 1 professional)
  4. Paid or unpaid Physical Therapy-related experience (i.e., role and total hours)
  5. Volunteer and/or paid experience (i.e., role and total hours)
  6. Honours, awards and scholarships

Successful applications generally exhibit exceptional grade point averages obtained during previous university course work, strong academic references from professors or research supervisors who know you well, and a strong second professional reference from an individual who can comment on your interpersonal skills and potential clinical strengths as a future clinician.

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

Method of Selection

  1. The first cut-off for initial consideration for admission is based on the GPA of the most recent 10 full-course university credits (or 20 half-course credits). Of all the applications received, only the 300 applicants with the highest GPA will be considered further for admission. The cut-off GPA is dependent on that year’s applicant pool and therefore varies from year to year. The cut-off for the 2016 applicant pool was 3.75.
  2. The top 300 applicants’ files are screened for completeness including all necessary documentation and appropriate prerequisites.
  3. The Applicant’s Statement, Letters of Reference, volunteer/paid physical therapy experience, volunteer activities, and honours/awards and scholarships are then assessed on their strength 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.
  4. Final ranking for offers of admission and/or for waiting list placement is determined by the final overall score calculated for each applicant’s file.

GPA Calculation

A GPA calculation for admission purposes will be completed based on your 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.

Calculation will include summer, part-time, intersession, distance education, and undergraduate university courses taken beyond the 4‑year undergraduate degree. If a course is repeated and both the original course and the repeated course are within the last 20 half courses, then the grades from both courses will be included in the GPA calculation.

If you are currently enrolled in the fourth year of a baccalaureate program, this calculation will start with your 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.

When grades must be extracted from a year 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 graduate degree course work, practicum/activity type courses, Bachelor of Education, certificate or diploma program courses or courses with non-convertible grades (e.g., pass/fail) in the GPA calculation.

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 GPA. Please 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

If you completed your education outside of Canada, you may apply if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. 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 will be evaluated for equivalency. World Education Services (WES) evaluations are required by the program to evaluate foreign credentials, however, WES evaluations are only used as a reference in assessing admission eligibility. You are responsible for any incurred costs in obtaining this evaluation. Please note that 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 TOEFL or an IELTS is recommended. A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper‑based), 105 (internet‑based), or an IELTS score of 8 is required. 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 Physical Therapy. You may be asked to withdraw from the program if your command of English interferes with your ability to provide quality professional services.

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. To complement the academic program, students gain clinical experience in the following clinical settings:

  • Acute Care /Hospital;
  • Rehabilitation/Long Term Care facility;
  • Ambulatory Care/Clinics; and
  • May gain experience in the Community/Home Care setting.

There are a total of 30 weeks of clinical experience. A junior placement of 6 weeks duration in the summer of the first year provides the opportunity to begin the process of developing professional and clinical skills, as well as the clinical reasoning and judgment required of a reflective health care practitioner.

A junior- intermediate placement (6 weeks) in the fall of second year builds on that foundation to develop safe and effective assessment and treatment skills and other key professional attributes.

Three, 6-week placements (intermediate, intermediate-senior and senior) during the spring and summer of the second year allow students to refine their skills, knowledge, professional behaviours, and clinical reasoning at an entry-to-practice level in the following 7 Physical Therapy roles:

  • Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Advocate
  • Scholarly Practitioner
  • Professional

All clinical placements have an assigned course number and are graded on a pass/fail basis. Each clinical placement block must be successfully completed to advance in the program.

Western has more than 110 clinical education sites located in London and communities in southwestern Ontario, extending from Sarnia and Windsor in the west, to Owen Sound in the north and Kitchener/Waterloo in the east. This catchment area includes both small and large centres (e.g., London, Cambridge, Chatham, Goderich, Newbury, St. Thomas, Stratford, Strathroy, Tillsonburg, Wingham, Woodstock).

Students must be prepared to go to any of these locations to complete their clinical experience. Any costs incurred while travelling to clinical placements and/or securing out‑of‑town accommodations, when required, are the responsibility of the student.

Travel and accommodation funding (up to $500 per placement to a maximum of $1,000 during the MPT program) is available for students required to do placements outside of the London area. This funding is provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, through the School of Physical Therapy.

The School of Physical Therapy offers limited opportunities for some MPT students, who meet specific criteria, to complete clinical placements in other areas of Canada as well as internationally.

Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

All students admitted to the MPT Program at Western University must obtain and submit documentation of a police Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). The VSS 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 (e.g., policies, immunizations, VSS, cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers [CPR-HCP], first aid, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Workplace Safety and Insurance Board [MAESD-WSIB] student coverage, infection control) and others as specified by the program.

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.

In November 2014, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The Bill increases protection for unpaid workers, which includes students completing clinical placements. Students admitted to the MPT program must meet all Bill 18 requirements as specified by each affiliated health care facility and the MPT program prior to completing clinical placements.

Students are responsible for any costs incurred to fulfill medical, non-medical and Bill 18 MPT program and clinical site requirements (approximately $600 – $1,000).

Licensing

Physical therapists must be licensed or registered in order 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 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 information for PEAC:
Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada
Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West
London ON N6J 1Y5

Telephone: (226) 636-0632
Website: www.peac-aepc.ca

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 your 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 Physiotherapists Bridging Program. Western does not offer this program.

Contact Information

School of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Elborn College, Room 1588
Western University
London ON  N6G 1H1

Telephone: 519‑661‑3360
Fax: 519‑661‑3866
Email: ptadmit@uwo.ca

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