ORPAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Last updated: October 8, 2021

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

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Important:

  • If you fail to comply with the admission requirements and deadlines, your application may be not considered by the universities.
  • Application fees are non‑refundable.
  • We will not accept faxed or emailed documentation.
  • 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).

Applicant Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with and observe the application procedures for each university/program you apply to.
  • Check Document Tracking in your application frequently to ensure that all documents were received by the appropriate deadlines.

Submitting Your Documents

Required Documentation

  • Submit your application and all supporting documents by the deadlines.
    • ORPAS will forward required documentation received after the deadline to the applicable rehabilitation science schools; however, we cannot guarantee that they 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.
      • In some instances (for institutions outside of Ontario), you may be able to order your transcript through a third-party digital credential provider to be sent directly to ORPAS. Read more about Approved Transcript Distribution Centres.
      • If you attend, have attended or have withdrawn from an Ontario university or college, you must submit an online transcript request within your application.
  • Submit only 1 ORPAS application for 2022.
  • 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 sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to ORPAS by the deadline.

Required documentation includes:

  • Transcripts
  • References

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 permanent resident (landed immigrant) status (not required if you are a Canadian citizen)
  • Proof of Indigenous status
  • Course descriptions (if required)

Verifying Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/ORPAS Reference Number (2022-84xxxx) and an acknowledgement email from ORPAS when you submit and pay for your application. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email, contact us immediately via SAM.

We 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 we have on file.

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Applicant Requirements

Read the ORPAS Essential Skills and Attributes Required.

Immunizations

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

Training

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. If you fail to comply with these requirements, it may result in the following:

  • You may not be permitted to register in the program until the 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
  • Clinical placements outside of a program’s catchment area

Hours of Study

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

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