Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Location

Location

  • School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Davis House
  • 3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
  • Montreal QC H3G 1Y5
  • Telephone: 514-398-4500
  • Fax: 514-398-6360
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/spot

About Occupational and Physical Therapy

About Occupational and Physical Therapy

Professional Profiles:

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy examines all aspects of how occupation as a therapeutic intervention enhances and enables health-related quality of life. Individuals who are affected by physical injury, disability, or psychosocial dysfunction are among the clientele served by occupational therapists. Occupational therapy maximizes independence, prevents disability and promotes health across the lifespan, from early intervention in infancy to preventive interventions with the well older adult. In the field of mental health, the occupational therapist contributes to clarifying the functional psychiatric diagnosis and assists clients in coping with environmental stress and integration into the community.

Further information is available from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Physical Therapy

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving and maintaining functional independence and physical performance; preventing and managing pain, physical impairments, disabilities, and limits to participation; and promoting fitness, health, and wellness (via Canadian Physiotherapy Association).

Physical therapists use exercise, physical modalities, manual therapy approaches, assistive devices, and lifestyle management to help individuals obtain maximal functional potential. The physical therapist is a health professional who contributes to the multidisciplinary team through patient evaluation, treatment planning and delivery, education, research and consultation in clinics, industry, and the community.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Rehabilitation Science) - Major in Occupational Therapy (90 credits)

This degree provides access to the Master of Science, Applied, Occupational Therapy degree. This program offers students a basic health sciences foundation and undergraduate-level courses specific to the practice of Occupational Therapy. The Occupational Therapy curriculum emphasizes occupation and occupational performance in daily life, community rehabilitation, client-centered and evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, ethics, teamwork and professionalism as essential components for the development of a humanistic, ethical, knowledgeable, competent, critical-thinking, and problem-solving occupational therapist.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Rehabilitation Science) - Major in Physical Therapy (90 credits)

This degree provides access to the Master of Science, Applied, Physical Therapy degree. This program offers students a basic health sciences foundation and undergraduate-level courses specific to the practice of Physical Therapy. This undergraduate program prepares students for the professional Master's program (Master of Science Applied in Physical Therapy). The Physical Therapy curriculum emphasizes clinical reasoning, diagnostics, evidence-based practice, community rehabilitation, teamwork, and professionalism as essential components for the development of a humanistic, ethical, knowledgeable, competent, critical-thinking, and problem-solving physical therapist.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)

Physical and Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Physical and Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

Students are admitted to a 90-credit pre-professional Bachelor of Science (Rehabilitation Science) – Major in Occupational Therapy or Major in Physical Therapy. The undergraduate degrees are designed to lead to a Master of Science, Applied, in the same discipline; i.e., Master of Science, Applied, in Occupational Therapy or Master of Science, Applied, in Physical Therapy.

Academic entrance requirements are available at www.mcgill.ca/applying.

Additional entrance requirements may be mandated, as described at www.mcgill.ca/spot/admissions. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met prior to their respective deadlines.

Information is also available from:

  • Enrolment Services, Service Point
  • 3415 McTavish Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0C8
  • Telephone: 514-398-7878
  • Email: admissions [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/students/servicepoint

as well as from the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

Students who are required to withdraw from either the occupational therapy or physical therapy programs will not be readmitted to either program.

Quebec applicants who have obtained a CEGEP Diploma of Collegial Studies are expected to have taken the following prerequisite courses:

  • Biology - 00UK, 00XU, 01Y5, 01YJ, NYA;
  • Chemistry - 00UL, 00UM, 00XV, 01Y6, 01YH, NYA, NYB;
  • Mathematics - 00UN, 00UP, 01Y1, 01Y2, NYA, NYB;
  • Physics - 00UR, 00US, 00UT, 01Y7, 01YF, 01YG, NYA, NYB, NYC.

Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year of college/university studies (or equivalent) are expected to have taken the following university/college-level courses:

  • two terms of biology with labs;
  • two terms of general chemistry with labs;
  • one term of organic chemistry with lab;
  • two terms of physics (mechanics; electricity and magnetism; waves and optics) with labs;
  • one term of differential calculus;
  • one term of integral calculus.

Applicants from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, with a French Baccalaureate, or with an International Baccalaureate

Please refer to details at www.mcgill.ca/applying.

McGill Inter-faculty Transfer

McGill students applying for an inter-faculty transfer into the undergraduate programs in Rehabilitation Science (Major in Occupational or Physical Therapy) must have completed a minimum of two terms of study (24 credits) at McGill, and taken all the prerequisite courses:
  • two terms of biology with labs;
  • two terms of general chemistry with labs;
  • one term of organic chemistry with labs;
  • two terms of physics with labs (including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, and optics at the university level) or three terms of physics at the CEGEP level;
  • two terms of calculus (differential and integral).

High school graduates from outside Quebec who have been accepted into a 120-credit Science program who wish to transfer into the undergraduate programs in Rehabilitation Science (Major in Occupational or Physical Therapy) must have taken the McGill courses listed below to be eligible to apply for transfer.

Note: McGill students who have completed fewer than 24 credits or who will have completed an undergraduate degree by August 1 of the entering year cannot apply as a transfer student if they want to complete the undergraduate programs in Rehabilitation Science and must apply through Enrolment Services. See www.mcgill.ca/applying.

Equivalent McGill Science Prerequisite Courses – McGill Inter-faculty Transfer

* Alternatively, CHEM 212 can be taken intensively in the Summer term in the month of May.

Students applying for an inter-faculty transfer into the B.Sc. (Rehabilitation Science) programs offered at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy must apply directly to the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Students must complete an inter-faculty transfer form available on Minerva as of March 1, as well as the CASPer test for rehabilitation science, which complements the other elements in our applicant selection process.

All of the above documents must be submitted no later than April 1. Your application will be processed only if your file is complete. Late submission of documents or non-receipt of documents by the specified date may invalidate your application. Please refer to www.mcgill.ca/spot/admissions/inter-faculty-transfers and University Regulations & Resources > Undergraduate > Registration > Interfaculty Transfer for details.

If you are accepted, you will enter the B.Sc.(Rehab. Sc.) program as a U1 student. Transfer credits will be reviewed following admission, and up to 30 transfer credits will be counted towards your degree. Progression through the curriculum is conditional upon successful completion of each year's courses. Since the curriculum is sequential, the order of the courses is set and only offered in that year of the program, i.e., you must complete all courses in U1 to proceed to U2, etc. Students are not permitted to mix courses from different years in the same year. Therefore, the time required to complete the B.Sc.(Rehab. Sc.) degree is fixed at 3 years.

Note: Intra-faculty transfers (between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy) are not available to students in the undergraduate program. Students who wish to change programs can apply to the Qualifying Year of their desired program of study, during their final year of undergraduate studies.

Admission Requirements for Qualifying Year – Master of Science, Applied

Admission Requirements for Qualifying Year – Master of Science, Applied

Students seeking admission to the M.Sc.A. (Occupational Therapy) or the M.Sc.A. (Physical Therapy) who have undergraduate degrees other than the B.Sc. (Rehab. Sc.) – Major in Occupational Therapy or the B.Sc. (Rehab. Sc.) – Major in Physical Therapy from McGill University are required to complete a graduate Qualifying year (QY) prior to beginning the master's program. Students apply through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to the Master's program.

Students wishing to enter the Qualifying year of the M.Sc.A. (Occupational Therapy) or the M.Sc.A. (Physical Therapy) degree must consult the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy's Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies section, and the School's website at www.mcgill.ca/spot/admissions.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Rehabilitation Science) - Major in Occupational Therapy (90 credits)

For more information, see Major in Occupational Therapy (90 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Rehabilitation Science) - Major in Physical Therapy (90 credits)

For more information, see Major in Physical Therapy (90 credits).

School of Physical & Occupational Therapy—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)