Physiotherapy Education

Fourteen universities offer a professional master's degree in physiotherapy in Canada.

Please visit the Canadian Council of Phyisotherapy University Programs (CCPUP) for more information.

Become a Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA)

Physiotherapist assistants in Canada work under the direction of a licensed physiotherapist in the provision of physiotherapy services.

The National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA) represents the unique interests and needs of practising and student physiotherapist assistants & TRPs in Canada, and is actively engaged in the growth and advancement of their roles in the physiotherapy profession.

About the NPAA

From within our membership, we elect our own volunteer leaders to showcase our position in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and to the physiotherapy profession community.  We are also active throughout the year to communicate with schools offering physiotherapist assistant programs, and to enhance our skills by sourcing continuing education for our colleagues from coast to coast.

Our members benefit from the networking, professional development and ability to have a direct voice in shaping the future of physiotherapist assistants & TRPs in Canada.  We regularly update our members through newsletters and social media to keep them abreast with developments and highlights.  CPA membership is held in high regard within the profession.  We listen to our members and aim high while we work together to enhance the health of Canadians.

Please visit the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly for more information.

Internationally Educated Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists who have completed their education outside of Canada must contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance) and apply for credentialing.

Please visit for more information.


The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance) is the pan-Canadian federation of provincial/territorial physiotherapy regulators committed to the development and improvement of regulatory standards of practice for physiotherapists.

The Alliance, on behalf of most physiotherapy regulators, establishes whether the education and qualifications of internationally educated applicants are not substantially different from those of Canadian educated physiotherapists. For both Canadian and internationally educated physiotherapists, the Alliance administers the Physiotherapy Competency Examination to determine a candidate's readiness for safe, effective, and independent physiotherapy practice.

Please visit for more information.