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Occupational Therapy
Dean: Reg Urbanowski
Head: Leanne Leclair
Campus Address/General Office: R106-771 McDermot Avenue
Telephone: 204-789-3897
Fax: 204-789-3927
Email Address: CORS.MOTprogram@umanitoba.ca
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/rehabsciences/ot
Academic Staff: 

Please refer to our website for Academic staff information: http://umanitoba.ca/rehabsciences/ot_staff.html

 

Occupational Therapy Program Info

The Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) is a professional practice degree that can be obtained through participation in either a Regular program or an Accelerated program option. The Regular program is for individuals who do not have a previous degree in occupational therapy. The Accelerated program is for occupational therapists who have a B.M.R.(O.T.) degree or equivalent.

The Occupational Therapy program maintains accreditation through the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and a 7-year accreditation was received in 2012.

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 http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html.

Admission Requirements

Regular Program

Completion of a previous undergraduate degree, minimum B average in last 60 credit hours of study, completion of all program prerequisite courses or approved alternates with no grade in prerequisites below a B. Prerequisite courses include all of the courses listed below or equivalents* approved by the M.O.T. Admissions Committee:

  • Basic Statistical Analysis
  • Anatomy of the Human Body
  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Minimum 3 credit hours in Psychology
  • Minimum 3 credit hours in Social Sciences

*Equivalent academic courses completed at the University of Manitoba or recognized universities elsewhere will be considered.

Only those individuals with the highest GPA's in their last 60 credit hours will be invited for an interview.

This program includes a Canadian Indigenous Priority Category. Please see the College of Rehabilitation Sciences website for additional information specific to this category and other requirements.

Accelerated Program

Completion of a B.M.R.(O.T.) degree or equivalent, minimum B average in the last 60 credit hours of the degree, completion of an additional 42 credit hours of non-O.T. degree credits, and evidence of having passed the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) certification examination and/or eligibility for registration in Manitoba by the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (COTM). Applicants to the Accelerated program are advised to contact the Head of the Occupational Therapy Department prior to applying as admission to the program is dependent on the resources available in any given year.

Application Deadlines

Regular Program

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

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

February 1

January 15


Accelerated Program

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

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

March 1

January 15

 WINTER

January

October 1

Not offered


Program Requirements

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

Students in the M.O.T. Regular program must complete 107 credit hours of coursework. All academic and fieldwork courses and a professional portfolio must be successfully completed in order to graduate.

Students in the M.O.T. Accelerated program will be required to take 12 credit hours of academic coursework from the M.O.T. program or equivalent. Six of these credit hours are to be OT 7750 Independent Study or equivalent. A professional portfolio must also be successfully completed.

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.

Fieldwork education is an integral part of the M.O.T. Regular program. Field placement experiences are integrated throughout the program and include 1 four-week, 2 eight-week and 1 six-week experience. Field placements mostly occur in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. All students should be prepared to travel out of Winnipeg for a minimum of one placement during the course of the program.

Occupational Therapy students are required to provide a health history and immunization record. A student will not be permitted to attend fieldwork placements until all health, immunization, CPR, mask fit and records check requirements are met.

Health Requirements: Standard Health Record Form Packages are sent to new occupational therapy students upon acceptance into the program. New students in Occupational Therapy are required to return forms to their department by dates published yearly in the Health Record Form Packages. Second year students are required annually to review and update immunizations as necessary. Additional information about the certification and records checks requirements outlined below is sent to new applicants upon acceptance into the program.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification: All students of the Department of Occupational Therapy are required to obtain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Certification must be through a Heart and Stroke Foundation certified course at the level of Basic Life Support - BLS Provider or higher (Advanced Cardiac Life Support - ACLS). New students in the program must provide proof of certification within the first 2 weeks of classes of the academic year in which they commence classes. This certification must have an issue date on or after July 1 of the year the student commences classes in the program. Second year students must provide proof of re-certification by October 1 of their second year in the program. This certification must have an issue date during or after the last week of August of the current year. Certification must remain current for all fieldwork experiences.

Mask Fit Certification: Clinical/fieldwork education sites require students to maintain mask fit certification. Information on acquiring this certification is provided to new students upon admission. All students are required to maintain mask fit certification throughout the program.

Criminal Record Check, Adult Abuse Registry Check and Child Abuse Registry Check: Students are advised that clinical/fieldwork education sites require that students complete a Criminal Record Check (including a vulnerable sector screen), an Adult Abuse Registry Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check. New students in the Master of Occupational Therapy program must provide results for each of the Adult and Child Abuse Registry Checks and a Criminal Record Check within the first 2 weeks of classes of the academic year in which they commence classes. First year students should ensure that all 3 checks have an issue date of July 1 or later. Second year students must provide updated results by October 1 of their second year in the program. All 3 checks must have an issue date during or after the last week of August of the current year.   Some fieldwork education sites require that checks are no more than 6 months old; students may need to reorder these checks more than once a year. 

Professional Designation and Registration: Graduates from the Master of Occupational Therapy program have the degree designation M.O.T. It is important to note that occupational therapy is a regulated health profession, by law. To be eligible for employment in Manitoba, graduates must register with the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (COTM) and must successfully complete the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) National Certification Examination. Regulations are similar in most other Canadian provinces, in that occupational therapists must be registered with the regulatory body in that jurisdiction and must pass the CAOT National Certification Exam. Writing of the national exam is scheduled twice a year. The University's Occupational Therapy Department provides a list of potential M.O.T. graduates to CAOT to verify their eligibility to write the National Certification Exam. Newly-educated occupational therapists are eligible for registration with COTM (or other provincial regulatory body) and for employment prior to convocation and/or writing the national exam, provided they have successfully completed all academic and fieldwork requirements for the M.O.T. program, and have provided the appropriate personnel at the regulatory body with a letter of verification from the Head of the Department of Occupational Therapy (students must request these letters). For information on the registration process in Manitoba, you can visit the COTM website at www.cotm.ca or contact them by calling (204) 957-1214. Other provinces have similar provisions to allow some form of registration and thus employment prior to convocation. A listing of provincial regulatory organizations is available from COTM and posted at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Expected Time to Graduate: Regular program - 2 years; Accelerated program - 1 year. See 4.4.7 Time in Program.