ORPAS – About

Last updated: October 8, 2021

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2022 admission.

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ORPAS Overview

The Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS) is a not‑for‑profit, centralized application service for applicants to the 6 universities that offer rehabilitation sciences programs.

University Admission Information
Laurentian University Sciences de la santé en orthophonie

Note: Laurentian’s programs are offered in French only.

McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science
University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences

Note: The University of Ottawa’s programs are offered in French only; however, field work placements may be in French, English or bilingual settings.

Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy
University of Toronto Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Western University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Physical Therapy
School of Occupational Therapy

We were developed by admission personnel at these universities and are operated by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), which is a division of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Our purpose is to:

  • facilitate the Ontario rehabilitation sciences programs application process
  • reduce duplicate applications
  • save time and resources for the applicants and the universities

Each of the ORPAS universities/programs is completely autonomous in reaching its own admission decisions. We only provide the application processing service and process applications for admission to Ontario rehabilitation sciences programs. For information about rehabilitation sciences programs outside of Ontario, contact the universities directly.

There is 1 common application and 1 set of academic documents used to apply for admission to the Ontario rehabilitation sciences programs.

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  • If you already created an OUAC account, you do not need to create a new one. Do not take over an account created by someone else.
  • The application process is lengthy. The amount of time required depends on the number of schools you apply to. Allow 5 to 25 hours to prepare your application.
  • You must rank your program choices in order of preference. Ranking information is not used during the application review process and is not used as a criterion for admission.
  • We will process and forward applications to all requested universities/programs regardless of your qualifications or the completeness of your application. There are no refunds.
  • We do not accept “collect” courier deliveries (COD) of any documents.
  • Each of the universities/programs has its own admission requirements and reserves the right to determine whether degrees granted by postsecondary institutions are suitable for the purpose of admission. Be aware of these variations and be sure you qualify for consideration before submitting your application to ORPAS.
The OUAC and the universities/programs reserve the right to amend this information at any time.

Read more about the OUAC.

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