Physical Therapy
Dean: Dr. Reg Urbanowski
Head: Dr. Barbara Shay
Campus Address/General Office: R106-771 McDermot Avenue, Bannatyne Campus
Telephone: 204-789-3897
Fax: 204-789-3927
Email Address:
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Physical Therapy Program Information

The Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) is an entry-to-practice education credential that is for individuals who do not have a previous degree in physical therapy and/or for those individuals who are not eligible to practice in Canada with their current academic preparation.  

The Master of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Manitoba has been accredited by Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC). Accreditation status was granted to the program on April 30, 2014 for the period until April 30, 2020. 

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at


Admission Requirements

Requirements include completion of a previous undergraduate degree, in any area of study, minimum grade point average of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours of study; successful completion of at least 24 credit hours in one regular fall/winter session (from September to April); equivalent IB and/or AP courses will be accepted in lieu of prerequisite courses; successful completion of the Multiple Mini-Interview; a minimum grade of a 3.0 or a “B” in the following prerequisite courses:*

  • Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)
  • Human Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • Introductory Biology with genetics content (3 credit hours)
  • Introductory Psychology (6 credit hours)
  • Childhood Development (3 credit hours)
  • Aging (3 credit hours)
  • Introductory Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • English Literature (6 credit hours)

*All prerequisite courses need to be completed by the Fall term in the year prior to entry. Equivalent academic courses completed at the University of Manitoba or recognized universities elsewhere will be considered.

English Language Proficiency: For those not educated in English, the Department of Physical Therapy complies with the English language requirements established by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba. These minimum scores are required to be admitted into the Faculty of Graduate Studies; to be licensed as a student physical therapist in Manitoba; and to be considered eligible to sit the national Physiotherapy Competency Examination upon graduation. For more details, see

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:


Start Date




November 15

Program Requirements

Program requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. 

All students must complete GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours). Students newly admitted to a graduate program must successfully complete this course within the first term of registration, unless the course has been completed previously.

Students in the M.P.T. program must complete 103 credit hours of coursework. All academic and clinical education courses and a professional portfolio must be successfully completed in order to graduate.

Clinical Education Requirements: Clinical education is integrated throughout the M.P.T. program and typically follows major academic components to consolidate knowledge and skills learned in class.  It consists of 5 x 6 week clinical placements at a variety of sites.  All students should be prepared to complete a clinical placement at a site outside of Winnipeg during the course of the program.  Students must fulfil the health, certifications, background checks and licensing requirements outlined below in order to participate in clinical placements.  Additional information regarding these requirements is sent to new applicants on their acceptance into the program.

Health Requirements: An Immunization Package is sent to all new M.P.T. students on their acceptance into the program. New students are required to return their completed packages, including health history and immunization records, by the date published in the packages. New and returning students are required to meet immunizations requirements as identified by the Faculty of Health Sciences Immunization Program.

Mask Fit Certification: Clinical education sites require M.P.T. students to hold current mask fit certification in order to participate in clinical placements. Mask fit testing is conducted at the Bannatyne campus during the fall term of the students’ first year in the program.  Additional information regarding this certification is sent to new applicants on their acceptance into the program.  

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification: M.P.T. students are required to obtain CPR certification annually. Certification must be through a Heart & Stroke Foundation certified course at the level of Basic Life Support - BLS Provider or higher (e.g. Advanced Cardiac Life Support-ACLS). Students must provide proof of certification by September 1 of every year while in the program. The certification must have an issue date no earlier than August 1 of the current year.

Criminal Record Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check and Child Abuse Registry Check: M.P.T. students are required to complete a Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search, an Adult Abuse Registry Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check annually in order to participate in clinical placements. Students must provide results of the above 3 checks by September 1 of every year while in the program. The checks must have an issue date no earlier than August 1 of the current year.  Some clinical sites require these documents to be less than 6 months old at the start of the placement, students may need to reorder checks in the same academic year.

College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) Registration: M.P.T. students must obtain student registration with CPM by September 15 of every year while in the program in order to participate in clinical placements. Students must submit their original Criminal Record Check with their application form and fee when registering with CPM.

Expected Time to Graduate: 2 years. See 4.4.7 Time in Program.