Becoming a Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists must complete a university degree in an accredited physiotherapy program. In most parts of Canada, university physiotherapy programs are at a Master’s level education. All graduating physiotherapists must pass a national exam to enter professional practice. Physiotherapists are committed to lifelong learning and upgrade their skills through continuing education programming post-graduation.

As part of their education, registered physiotherapists have completed courses in areas such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics.

Physiotherapy programs balance the opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning by offering lectures, labs, small group work and clinical placements.

Physiotherapists are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours in addition to any classroom learning.

The following Canadian Universities offer programs in physiotherapy:

University of Toronto
Department of Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Sciences Building

500 University Avenue, 8th Flr. , Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V7
Tel: (416) 978-2765 Fax: (416) 946-8562

McMaster University
Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 402
1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext: 27829

University of Western Ontario
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Elborn College London, ON N6G 1H1
(519) 661-3360

Université d'Ottawa
School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Registrar's Office Admissions Section, Tabaret Hall
550 Cumberland Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5783

Queen's University
Physical Therapy Program
Office of Admissions Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
(613) 545-2218

University of British Columbia
Department of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Medicine
212 Friedman Building, 2177 Wesbrook Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
(604) 822-8225

University of Alberta
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
350 Corbett Hall, Edmonton, ABT6G 2G4
(403) 492-5949

University of Saskatchewan
School of Physical Therapy
1121 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3
(306) 966-6579

University of Manitoba
Chair, Physiotherapy Admissions Committee
School of Medical Rehabilitation
258-770 Bannatyne Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3
(204) 789-3674

McGill University
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
Admissions Office F. Cyril James Building
845 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, QC H3C 3J7
(514) 398-3910

Université de Montréal
École de réadaptation
C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre Ville Montréal, QC H3C 3J7
(514) 343-7833

Université Laval
Pavilion Vandry
Ste. Foy, QC G1K 7P4
(418) 656-2874Dalhousie University

School Of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University

phone: (902) 494-2524
fax: (902) 494-1941