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Occupational Therapy

Pre- Occupational Therapy

Whether you study here for one year, two years, or for an entire degree, King's is a great place to prepare for future professional studies. Begin your studies in a faith-based environment before continuing your education elsewhere.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life. Click here for the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) website.

Admission recommendations

The CAOT requires a professional Master's degree as the minimum qualification for entry into the profession. Students who graduate with a BScOT prior to 2010 can practice without a master's degree within Canada after 2010 provided they maintain registration with their professional association.

King’s offers the undergraduate degree for acceptance into the Masters of Occupational Therapy at universities of Alberta, British Columbia, or Manitoba. Exact course offerings that apply as prerequisites to the degree should be researched in advance.

After beginning your degree at King's, you can transfer to your choice of the following universities:

Occupational Therapy at: University of Alberta

MSc Occupational Therapy

  • 4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized academic institution
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on the most recent 60 credits. 

There is no specific degree necessary to get into the program. Note that theory-based courses are used when calculating the GPA.

Occupational Therapy at: University of British Columbia

Admission requirements:

  • Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in a health-related discipline such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Life Sciences, or Social Sciences and the successful completion of a minimum of 3 credits in research methods and/or analysis
  • Academic standing of a minimum B+ (76%) average in senior level courses (300 and 400 level)
  • A faculty member eligible to supervise MSc students (a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies) who is willing to supervise the applicant's project.

Occupational Therapy at: University of Manitoba

Admission requirements:

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree from a university recognized by the University of Manitoba
  • A minimum grade point average of ‘B’ in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Successful completion of required prerequisite courses including the following:
    • 6 credits in Psychology
    • 6 credits in Sociology
    • 3 credits in Statistics
    • 6 credits in Human Anatomy
    • 3 credits in Human Physiology
    • 3 credits in Child Development
    • 3 credits in Developmental Psychology – Adolescent to Old Age
    • academic standing of at least “C” for all prerequisite courses


Recommended first degree at King's:

Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Science

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