ORPAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Note: This application guide contains information for Fall 2020 Admission.

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Applicant Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with and observe the application procedures for each university/program you apply to.
  • Submit your application and all supporting documents by the deadlines.
    • If you submit your supporting documents after the deadline, they will be forwarded to the applicable universities/programs; however, ORPAS cannot guarantee that the universities/programs will consider these documents.
  • Submit only 1 ORPAS application for 2020.
  • The application process may be delayed until all required transcripts and documents are received, as specified by the universities/programs you apply to.
  • Ensure you give your referees enough time to complete their reference and submit it to ORPAS by the deadline.
  • Check “Document Tracking” in your application to verify your required documents were received.

  • Failure to comply with the admission requirements and deadlines may result in your application being cancelled.
  • Unsolicited application materials and information will generally not be considered for admission purposes.
  • Application fees are non‑refundable.
  • Faxed documentation will not be accepted.
  • Protect the personal information in your OUAC Account and your application. Do not provide it to anyone else or to other organizations in any form (e.g., paper, PDF).


Required Documentation

  • Submit your application and all required documents by the deadlines.
    • ORPAS will forward required documentation received after the deadline to the applicable rehabilitation science schools; however, ORPAS cannot guarantee that the rehabilitation science schools will consider these documents.
    • Normally, unsolicited application materials and information will not be considered for admission purposes.
    • Submit all required transcripts and documentation, as specified by the rehabilitation science schools you apply to.
    • Arrange with the registrar’s office of each university, college or CEGEP that you attended to send complete official transcript(s) of all course work completed to date directly to ORPAS.
    • If you attended or are currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, you must use the online transcript request in the application.
  • Ensure you give your referees enough time to complete their reference and submit it to ORPAS by the deadline.
Required documentation includes: Transcripts and reference letters.

Supplementary Documentation

At any time, after you start your application, you can access Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) to upload your supplementary documentation, as required by the universities you apply to.

Supplementary documentation includes: Proof of landed immigrant status (not required if you are a Canadian citizen), proof of Indigenous status and course descriptions (if required).

Verify Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number (2020-84xxxx) and an acknowledgement email from ORPAS when you submit and pay for your application. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email, contact ORPAS immediately via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM).

ORPAS will perform an item‑by‑item review to compare all courses on the academic record against your official university transcripts. Beginning in February and after this review, you will be able to verify the application data ORPAS has on file.

If you successfully submit changes to your application and/or respond to offers of admission, you will receive a confirmation number.

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Applicant Requirements

Read the Essential Skills and Attributes Required.


You must be immunized against various diseases before you enter a clinical setting. Failure to fulfill these requirements may delay or prevent you from graduating from your program.


Some programs, such as Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), require training prior to admission. For some clinical sites, you must complete site-specific training before clinical placements begin. Training costs are at your own expense.

Police Record Check

As a condition of admission, some schools require you to undergo a Police Record Check (PRC) or Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (the most comprehensive type of PRC available) prior to or upon acceptance into a program. In addition, many placement sites require you to have a PRC or VSC prior to going on placement or field work. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the following:

  • You may not be permitted to register in the program until this check is complete.
  • You may not be able to attend your clinical placement.
  • You may be asked to leave your placement site and not return until you can show your PRC or VSC.
  • A placement site may not accept you for a placement based on the results of your check.
  • Progression through the program may be delayed or suspended.
  • Multiple checks may be required throughout the program, and all costs associated with obtaining the checks will be at your expense.

Travel Requirements

You may be required to travel for program-related activities and courses, including, but not limited to:

  • Mandatory teaching sessions
  • Clinical placements within a program’s catchment area
  • Out‑of‑catchment clinical placements

Hours of Study

Evening and/or weekend hours may be required during the academic program, including clinical practica.

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