Nov 16, 2018  
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Degree of MSc (Occupational Therapy) [Graduate]

Program Requirements

  1. MSc postprofessional stream for students entering with an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy: in addition to the capping exercise consisting of OCCTH 900  (★6), requirements will normally consist of graduate courses equivalent to at least ★18 [including OCCTH 501  or OCCTH 507 , OCCTH 562  or OCCTH 566 , OCCTH 563  or OCCTH 567 , OCCTH 564  and two (★3) credit electives]. Students choosing instead to complete a thesis with a formal defense must also complete REHAB 500  plus a ★3 research course and replace OCCTH 900  with THES 906 . Additional coursework in research design, statistics, or specialized content may be recommended by the thesis supervisor and thesis committee.
  2. MSc course-based entry-level stream

Orientation Program: The program requires that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend a department orientation program immediately before the beginning of the first term. Dates are confirmed on admission. Attendance at the orientation program is a prerequisite for first year courses. Normally students must complete all previous term/year courses to be eligible to proceed to the subsequent term/year.

Course requirements:

Year 2 Full Year

  • OCCTH 557 (78 hours)

Year 3 Term 1


All students must complete and pass either a minimum of three distinct OCCTH 543  modules or one ★3 Individual Study (OCCTH 599  or equivalent). The modules are designed to be intensive and interactive. It is imperative that registered students attend all listed hours of instruction. Students with absences will receive a grade of NC (failure, no grade point value assigned).


All costs associated with obtaining a professional degree are the responsibility of the student and this includes costs associated with the project.

Fieldwork Courses:

Fieldwork courses are practical placements at approved facilities.

Policies and Procedures:

The procedures governing fieldwork placements are binding and will be provided in a procedures manual.

Fieldwork Placement Sites:

Students will attend required fieldwork placements at approved institutions and will follow the administrative procedures and regulations of the institutions. Placements may be located regionally and/or nationally. Opportunities for international placements will be determined on an individual basis. Students must travel in order to meet the fieldwork education component of the program. Students are responsible for the costs associated with fieldwork placements.

To be eligible for admission to fieldwork placements the students must meet the following requirements:

  1. CPR Certification
  2. Security Clearance Check
  3. Medical Examination and Immunization Requirements (See University Infectious Diseases Regulation )
  4. Fit testing for Respirator Mask, as required. 

Details on these fieldwork requirements are available in the fieldwork procedures manual. Please refer to the manual for details. Note that all fees and costs for these fieldwork requirements are the student's responsibility.

A student who fails a fieldwork placement may appeal that decision. Information regarding appeal procedures is available in the fieldwork placement procedures manual.

Practicum Intervention Policy:

The Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, or supervisor acting on behalf of the Dean, may immediately deny assignment of a student to, withdraw a student from, or vary terms, conditions, or site of fieldwork practicum if the Dean or supervisor has reasonable grounds to believe that this is necessary in order to protect the public interest. Refer to the University Calendar, Practicum Intervention Policy , for additional information.

Length of Program

Normally a minimum of 26 months is required to complete the MSc programs. Students have a maximum of four calendar years to complete either route within this MSc program.