ORPAS – Program Requirements Overview

Last updated: October 15, 2020

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2021 admission. University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

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This web page contains an overview of the requirements for the rehabilitation sciences programs. Refer to each university’s information page in the Application Guide for full information.

If you fail to submit the required documentation, your application at that school will be incomplete.

McMaster University

Occupational Therapy (OT)

2021 Positions: 67

2020 Applicants: 1,092

Prerequisites: None

Minimum Academic Requirements: 

  • 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 (“B+” or 77% or 9/12) in the last 2 years or 60 units of university academic study

Letters of Reference: Not required

Transcripts Required: University, college

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

Physiotherapy (PT)

2021 Positions: 67

2020 Applicants: 935

Prerequisites:

  • 1 half-credit (3 units) human anatomy course
  • 1 half-credit (3 units) human physiology course or 1 full-credit (6 units) human anatomy and physiology course
  • 1 half-credit (3 units) statistics course
  • 1 half-credit (3 units) humanities or social science course (Only subject areas identified by McMaster University’s Faculties of Humanities or Social Sciences will be accepted.)

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “B+”, 77%, 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0 to be eligible and can occur anytime throughout your academic studies.

Minimum Academic Requirements:

  • 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 (“B+” or 77% or 9/12) in the last 2 years or 60 units of university academic study

Letters of Reference: Not required

Transcripts Required: University, college

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

  • TOEFL score (if applicable)
  • See McMaster’s TOEFL instructions for the MSc Physiotherapy (PT) Program
  • The MSc Physiotherapy Program will invite applicants who have a “B+” (77%, 3.3/4.0 or 9.0/12.0) calculated using the last 60 units of university course work to participate in an online interview (Kira Talent – Video Interview Platform). There will be an online interview fee (non-refundable) that must be paid before the online interview can be completed.

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

2021 Positions: 32

2020 Applicants: 453

Prerequisites: 

  • Psychology (1 full or half course in relevant discipline at second-year level)
  • General linguistics (1 full or half course)
  • Research methods or statistics (1 full or half course)
  • Human Anatomy or Physiology (1 full or half course)

Minimum Academic Requirements: 

  • 4-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits) or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0 (“B+”, 77% or 9/12) in the last 2 years or 60 units of university academic study

Letters of Reference: Not required

Transcripts Required: University, college

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

Read more about OT, PT and SLP programs at McMaster University.

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Queen’s University

Occupational Therapy (OT)

2021 Positions: 68

2020 Applicants: 779

Prerequisites: No prerequisites for Queen’s OT program

Minimum Academic Requirements: 4-year baccalaureate degree

Letters of Reference: 1 academic and 1 academic or professional

Transcripts Required: University, CEGEP

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

  • Resumé
  • Statement of Intent (Personal Submissions)
  • 2 Confidential Assessment Forms
  • TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (if applicable)

Physical Therapy (PT)

2021 Positions: 50-70

2020 Applicants: 887

Prerequisites:

  • Introductory Psychology (minimum full‑year credit)
  • Human Anatomy (minimum half‑year credit)
  • Human Physiology (minimum half‑year credit)
  • Statistics (half-year credit)

Courses must meet the comprehensive content guidelines, as outlined in the Queen’s program description.

Minimum Academic Requirements: 4-year baccalaureate degree

Letters of Reference: 1 academic and 1 other; See Queen’s program description

Transcripts Required: University, CEGEP

Non-academic Requirements: CASPer®

Other Requirements:

  • Personal Information Submission
  • Prerequisites
  • Prerequisite course descriptions/syllabi
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • References

Read more about OT and PT programs at Queen’s University.

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University of Toronto

Occupational Therapy (OT)

2021 Positions: 90 in Toronto, 40 in Mississauga

2020 Applicants: 948

Prerequisites: None. Prior study in Statistics, Physiology/Biology (vertebrate) and Psychology may enhance students’ learning in the program.

Minimum Academic Requirements: You must have completed an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university with a mid‑“B” average or better in your final year (i.e., 5 full-course equivalents at the senior level).

Letters of Reference: 1 academic and 1 professional

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, university

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

  • Personal Submission
  • Confidential Assessment Forms
  • Resumé
  • TOEFL score (if applicable)

Physical Therapy (PT)

2021 Positions: 110

2020 Applicants: 947

Prerequisites:

  • 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) (e.g., 1 half course) in Human Physiology
  • 0.5 FCE (e.g., 1 half course) in Human Anatomy
  • 1.0 FCE (e.g., 2 half courses) in Life and/or Physical Sciences
  • 1.0 FCE (e.g., 2 half courses) in Social Science and/or Humanities and/or Language
  • 0.5 FCE (e.g., 1 half course) in Statistics or Research Methods

All prerequisite courses must be completed within the last 7 years or no earlier than September 2014 and no later than May 31, 2021.

A minimum grade of “B-” (or 70%) in all prerequisite courses is required, as per the grade recorded on the transcript.

Minimum Academic Requirements: You must have completed an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university with a mid‑“B” average or better in your final year (i.e., 5 full-course equivalents at the senior level).

Letters of Reference: 1 academic and 1 professional

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, university

Non-academic Requirements: CASPer

Other Requirements:

  • Computer-Administered Profile
  • Prerequisites
  • TOEFL score (if applicable)

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

2021 Positions: 60

2020 Applicants: 289

Prerequisites:

  • Child Development (0.5 full-course equivalent)
  • Elementary Statistics (0.5 full-course equivalent)
  • General Linguistics (0.5 full-course equivalent)
  • Human Physiology (1.0 full-course equivalent)
  • Phonetics (0.5 full-course equivalent)
  • Research Methods (0.5 full-course equivalent)

Minimum Academic Requirements: You must have completed an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high academic standing from a recognized university with a mid‑“B” average or better in your final year (i.e., 5 full-course equivalents at the senior level). A minimum of a “B+” in each prerequisite course is required.

Letters of Reference: 2 academic and 1 clinical

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, university and college transcripts are required.

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Prerequisites
  • Minimum 14 hours clinical experience
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • Certified translations of transcripts (if applicable)
  • 2 Confidential Assessment Forms
  • 1 Clinical Reference Form (waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle/2021 fall entry)
  • Prerequisite preapproval receipts (if applicable)

Read more about OT, PT and SLP programs at the University of Toronto.

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Western University

Occupational Therapy (OT)

2021 Positions: 75

2020 Applicants: 833

Prerequisites: None

Minimum Academic Requirements: 4-year university undergraduate degree from a recognized university

Letters of Reference: None

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, university, college

Non-academic Requirements: CASPer

Other Requirements:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • Personal Submission

Physical Therapy (PT)

2021 Positions: 75

2020 Applicants: 960

Prerequisites:

  • 1 full course (or 2 half courses) in Science
  • 1 full course (or any 2 half course combinations) in Social Science or Liberal Arts
  • 1 half course in each of Human/Mammalian/Vertebrate Physiology and Statistics or Research Methods

Minimum Academic Requirements: 4-year baccalaureate degree with high academic standing from a recognized university

Letters of Reference: 1 academic and 1 professional

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, university

Non-academic Requirements: CASPer

Other Requirements:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
  • Personal Submission

Audiology

2021 Positions: 32

2020 Applicants: 84

Prerequisites: 1 half course in each of:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology
  • Social Science

Minimum Academic Requirements: 4-year undergraduate degree with a minimum “B” average (3.0 on ORPAS scale) in 10 most recent full-year courses (or 20 half-year courses)

Letters of Reference: 2 academic and 1 clinical (We have changed this requirement for fall 2021 applications to a professional or personal reference letter.)

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, college, university (if not in English, must be officially translated to English)

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements: TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

2021 Positions: 50

2020 Applicants: 401

Prerequisites: 1 half course in each of:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology
  • Social Science
  • Linguistics
  • Life/Biomedical Science

Minimum Academic Requirements: 4-year undergraduate degree with a minimum “B” average (3.0 on ORPAS scale) in 10 most recent full-year courses (or 20 half-year courses)

Letters of Reference: 2 academic and 1 clinical (We have changed this requirement for fall 2021 applications to a professional or personal reference letter.)

Transcripts Required: CEGEP, college, university (if not in English, must be officially translated to English)

Non-academic Requirements: Not required

Other Requirements:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Prerequisites
  • Minimum 14 hours clinical experience
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)

Read more about OT, PT, AUD and SLP programs at Western University.

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