Occupational Therapy (OT) is “a profession concerned with promoting health and well- being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
Occupational Therapy is practiced in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, and homes. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation.” (World Federation of Occupational Therapists Council Meeting 2004)
Occupational Therapy programs require a minimum mid-B average. Many look for demonstrated interest and relevant experience.
Improve your GPA:
Visit the AA&CC and the Centre for Teaching & Learning to improve your academic skills. AA&CC Events & Workshops are available via cln.utoronto.ca
Get to know a few professors early so that they write a strong reference letter for you.
Join volunteer and co-curricular activities that demonstrate your skills and ongoing interest in a career in Occupational Therapy.
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists has certified the following English language programs in Ontario:
How much does it cost?
All health care programs have a significant tuition cost, because hiring strong instructors and providing up-to- date facilities cost a great deal. Each institution’s fees are different. Annual tuition for Ontario students ranges $11,000-13,000.
Looking for Related Experience?
You can find volunteer and paid opportunities in http://clnx.utoronto.ca. Also watch your email for messages from your department about opportunities to get involved.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF)
College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT)
Attend the Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, go to a Preparing for Professional & Graduate School workshop, or speak with a Career team member to learn how to get relevant experience!
Please Note: While this page aims to ensure accuracy, requirements do change. Consider it a starting point for your further research. Visit individual program websites for detailed, up-to-date information about admission requirements and application procedures.