Physiotherapy as a Career
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.
Internationally Educated Physiotherapists
If you have been educated outside of Canada and wish to practice as a physiotherapist in Ontario please contact the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. The Alliance is responsible for administering the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) as well as evaluating the education and qualifications of internationally educated physiotherapists. Visit www.alliancept.org for more information.
The following Canadian Universities offer programs in physiotherapy:
Outside of Ontario: