Tips | Rehabilitation Sciences

 

1. Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is “a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation.  The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.” (World Federation of Occupational Therapists Council Meeting 2004; https://www.wfot.org/about)

 

Admission Requirements

Master of Science (MSc) in Occupational Therapy

 

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through The Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS): http://www.ouac.on.ca/orpas  (available in mid-October for admission to the program in the following academic year). The application deadline is typically early January.

 

Schools in Ontario

 

For a full listing of Canadian universities offering programs in occupational therapy, visit:

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: http://www.caot.ca/site/rfs/res_for_students?nav=sidebar

 

Useful Links

 

A related career to occupational therapist is occupational therapist assistant (OTA).   Read about OTA careers and training programs here:  https://www.caot.ca/site/rfs/res_for_students?nav=sidebar/.

 

 

2. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is “a professional health discipline directed towards the prevention or alleviation of movement dysfunction, and towards the enhancement of physical capacity.”  The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to assist the client/patient to achieve the highest possible level of independent function. (Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto, 2009).

 

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Applications for Ontario schools must be submitted through The Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS): http://www.ouac.on.ca/orpas (available in mid-October for admission to the program in the following academic year). The application deadline is typically early January.

 

Schools in Ontario

 

Useful Links

 

A related career to physiotherapist is a physiotherapy assistant (PTA).

Read about PTA careers and training programs here:  https://physiotherapy.ca/becoming-pt-or-pta/.

 

Another related career to physiotherapists is an orthotics and prosthetics technician.

Read more about orthotics and prosthetics technician careers here: https://opcanada.ca/.

This career requires a two-year college diploma. See more information about the program here: https://www.georgebrown.ca/programs/orthotic-prosthetic-technician-program-s102. George Brown College is the only college in Ontario that provides this program.

 

 

3. Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology

Speech-language pathology (SLP) “is concerned with the study, assessment, and treatment of disorders of speech and language.  Speech-language pathologists assess and treat communication disorders in children and adults.”  (The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto)

http://www.slp.utoronto.ca/about-us/the-history-of-slp/0. You may also be interested in audiology which assesses, diagnoses, and treats a broad range of hearing and balance disorders.  These programs are taught in some of the same Canadian schools as SLP and are regulated by the same professional bodies.

 

Application Procedures

Applications for Ontario schools must be submitted through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS): http://www.ouac.on.ca/orpas (available in mid-October for admission to the program in the following academic year).  The application deadline is typically early January.

 

Schools in Canada

For a listing of Canadian universities offering programs in SLP and/or audiology, visit:

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada:  http://www.sac-oac.ca/students/academic-programs

 

Useful Links

 

A related career to SLP and audiology is communication health assistant (CHA).  Read about CHA careers and training programs here:  https://www.sac-oac.ca/communication-health-assistants/home

 

updated September 2021