Program Information

The Masters of Physical Therapy Program (MPT)

  • An evidence-based curriculum that uses an integrated, case-based approach to develop problem-solving, critical thinking and clinical decision making skills
  • Major areas of study include basic sciences, clinical decision making, clinical practice (musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory), exercise and movement sciences and rehabilitation research.
  • 26 month full-time program
  • 7 blocks with 5-6 weeks of break per year
  • 31 weeks of clinical (1800 hours) experience 

The Northern and Rural Cohort

The Northern and Rural Cohort provides an enhanced clinical experience for students who are interested in working in rural and remote settings after graduation.

Most coursework is completed at the Vancouver Point Grey Campus, with one summer academic block held at UNBC in Prince George. Students in this cohort will complete at least four of the six required clinical placements in northern BC or in other rural or remote locations.

Clinical learning for students takes place anywhere within Northern Health, or at other sites designated as rural and/or remote across the province. Rural sites are typically small towns at considerable distance from urban centres ie: Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, or Williams Lake in the Interior.

The actual location of clinical learning sites will vary each year depending on supervisor availability and other factors. Students will experience a wide variety of clinical settings in both public and private sectors with potential to participate in innovative projects and novel clinical experiences.

The Northern and Rural Cohort will be of interest to:

  • Those who have a desire to work in northern, rural and/or remote communities upon graduation.
  • Those who desire to keep or develop close connections to northern, rural and/or remote communities.
  • Those who wish to help bring excellent health care to currently under-served areas.
  • Those with an adventurous spirit who wish to have more varied experiences in their clinical placements.
  • Those who enjoy a less specialized and more varied scope of practice.
  • Those who wish to possibly have the opportunity to develop some of their own clinical placements.

How to Apply


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