General Requirements for Admission
Admission is normally restricted to candidates who are Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) prior to the closing date for receipt of applications.
Very good to excellent proficiency in English is required for academic courses and communication in clinical practice settings. Applicants who have resided in Canada or another English speaking country for less than three years as of the first day of the month of the term in which students are to begin must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score required: 94 for Internet-based test (iBT) with scores in the following ranges: reading-high (22-30); listening- high (22-30); speaking- good (26-30); writing- good (24-30).
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - minimum score required: 80.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum score required: 8.
Candidates are not normally considered for admission with advanced standing or on a part-time basis. All students admitted to either program must be registered full-time for two years (24 months).
There are a limited number of positions available for you to enroll in the research-oriented doctoral degree program in Rehabilitation Science immediately upon completing your professional program. Programs may be tailored to allow you to pursue your particular area of research interest during your MScPT or MScOT program, thus better preparing you for doctoral level studies.
While having a disability should not preclude consideration for admission, the disability must not prevent the student from performing techniques and components of patient care that are essential to the practice of occupational therapy. See Essential Skills and Attributes Required on the ORPAS website.
Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies welcomes and encourages inquiries and applications for all our graduate programs from Indigenous* candidates. Indigenous candidates’ academic, cultural, personal and professional background, and other factors indicative of capacity for graduate level study and research, will be considered and evaluated accordingly on an individual basis by the applicable graduate program personnel. To be considered under this regulation, applicants must self-identify as Indigenous upon application for admission to Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies.
*For the purposes of this regulation, Indigenous is defined as First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/graduate-calendar/admission-and-registration
The Occupational Therapy Program welcomes Indigenous applicants. We offer Indigenous applicants the opportunity to self-identify and be considered under this policy. Students can also choose not to self-identify and apply through the general admission process. No applicant’s application will be disadvantaged by identifying as Indigenous. The Occupational Therapy Program provides a safe, respectful and supportive learning environment for all students.
3 spots will be reserved for Indigenous applicants to the Queen's OT Program annually. Unused spots in any given year will revert to the general applicant pool.
Indigenous applicants should complete the Ontario Rehabilitation Science Programs Application Service (ORPAS) application and can self-identify through the ORPAS application portal. Please also send an email to OTadmissions@queensu.ca to confirm your desire to be considered under the Queen's OT Program Indigenous Admissions Policy.
For more information, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at OTadmissions@queensu.ca.
Students entering any training program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, are required to provide documentation of their two-step tuberculin skin test status, varicella serological status and immunization history for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, polio, tetanus and hepatitis B. Annual influenza immunization is also required for all students prior to clinical/fieldwork placements.
Newly admitted students will receive by mail or email an immunization record that must be completed in full. Students are advised to visit their family physician, student health services or public health office to be screened or to enter an immunization schedule. Vaccination occurs at the student's cost. For students entering the first year of a rehabilitation therapy program, this documentation is required in the week prior to the start of classes. It is understood that hepatitis B immunization may not be complete at registration, but all hepatitis B tests must be in progress and must be completed three weeks prior to commencement of the first clinical placement.
No screening is performed for infection with HCV or HIV. At this time, expert opinion and current evidence does not support the necessity of such screening. Students who self-report infections with these viruses will be considered by an advisory committee.
Upon entry to the program, students are also required to provide a copy of a valid certificate in standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the Health Care Provider (HCP) level. Both certifications must remain current throughout the duration of the student's enrolment in the program.
All incoming students who are offered admission will be required to obtain a new criminal record check, including vulnerable populations. This must be updated annually while in the MSc Program.
The MSc (OT) Program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
Seventy four students are admitted annually to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Applicants are selected on the basis of a strong academic record and the assessment of personal characteristics considered most appropriate for the study of occupational therapy at Queen's University and the subsequent practice of these professions. The Admissions Committee believes that the following is important in the successful study of occupational therapy and will assess these factors in the admissions process.
The minimum academic requirement for admission is a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a recognized university.
No preference is given to applicants who have studied in any particular university program and no preference is shown to applicants with any particular level of training (i.e., undergraduate versus graduate degree). Place of residence and university where studies have been undertaken are not criteria in selection.
- All applicants to Occupational Therapy must submit a Statement of Intent (see “Personal Submissions”, which consists of two questions to be completed in the online application.)
- Two Confidential Assessment forms are considered in your assessment. One Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by someone who holds an academic position in a postsecondary university or college and is qualified to judge your academic ability. Positions such as teaching assistant, laboratory coordinator or athletic trainer do not qualify as academic referees. The second Confidential Assessment Form may be either academic or professional and should be completed by someone who can judge you on your work performance, interpersonal skills and suitability for studies in occupational therapy. Neither of the Confidential Assessment forms may be submitted by relatives or friends.
- A resumé is required. Resumés must be typed in 11‑point font, on 8.5" x 11" paper, single‑sided, with one‑inch margins on all four edges. They should be no longer than two pages and should include your name on the resumé. Upload resumé directly to your ORPAS application.
The first cut-off is based on the cumulative converted grade point average for all years of undergraduate university study. The actual cut-off mark is based on the applicant pool, but typically students entering the Occupational Therapy program have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4 point scale or higher.
The second stage of the selection process involves the assessment of the candidate's Confidential Reference Forms, Resumé and Statement of Intent. Instructions for completing the Personal Submission Statements Letter can be downloaded from the ORPAS application or from www.ouac.on.ca/orpas/ The Statement of intent should demonstrate an informed career decision and the particular strengths, experiences, and abilities that the candidate would bring to the profession.
Candidates will be ranked for offers and placement on the waiting list using all assessment criteria.
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