The first year of the MScOT program begins with a Department-run academic orientation, followed by the start of classes. Attendance is considered mandatory for the Department-run orientation; it is optional for students to participate in the student-run “O-Week” social events.
Upon entering the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, a student becomes part of several academic “communities.” The relationships between these communities will become more apparent to the student as they spend time in the program. These communities are:
- University of Toronto (U of T)
- School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
- Faculty of Medicine
- Rehabilitation Sciences Sector (Rehab Sector). The Sector consists of:
- Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OT),
- Department of Physical Therapy (PT),
- Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI), and
- Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
At the Departmental orientation, students will be directed to the online MScOT Graduate Student Handbook. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies and regulations within each of the sections. It is recommended that students keep the following resources available for easy reference throughout the program:
- MScOT Graduate Student Handbook
- MScOT Fieldwork Manual
- SGS “Information for New Students” (students receive a copy with their offer of admission)
- Enrolment Services for financial aid information, including provincial student loans
Students are expected to act responsibly financially to ensure they will be able to cover the cost of the graduate studies which they have chosen to pursue.
Students should note that Departmental bursary funding is not intended to assist with past debts from undergraduate programs, but to assist with reasonable expenses directly related to current studies only. Bursaries may ease a further increase in the student’s debt load, but will certainly not eliminate it. Students may incur debt while in the program and the Department can refer students to University counseling services that specialize in financial planning at a student’s request.
When determining personal lifestyle while in the program, students should be aware that a “standard of student expense” is used as means to ensure bursary funding is distributed as fairly as possible. The Department does not intend to dictate an individual’s personal choices, however students should be prepared to assume the cost for items which may not be considered part of an average student’s lifestyle, unless they can indicate why the expense is necessary to their studies.
- A photocopy of both the front AND back of a current CPR Basic Rescuer (Level HCP) certification card will be required
- Students will be required to meet the university’s immunization requirements and complete a health form which will be provided by the Department. The health form will include instructions for all health requirements including CPR. The Department will inform the students about details for submission
- Students should review the Faculty of Medicine “Guidelines regarding infectious diseases and occupational health for applicants to and learners of the Faculty of Medicine Academic Programs”
The U of T Housing Service has information on residence, off-campus and family housing for U of T graduate students.
1. Residence: The Department has access to a limited number of “recruitment” spaces in the Graduate House residence. At least one space will be reserved for an out-of-province student, and/or someone coming from a rural municipality.
2. Off-Campus Housing: Students have free access to the Housing Registry administered by Housing Services, in office or online.
3. Charles Street Student Family Housing: Priority is given to student families for tenancy.
4. Temporary Accommodation: For students that do not have family or friends they can arrange to stay with while conducting their search, Housing Services provides information about Temporary Accommodation located near U of T.
It is highly recommended that students unfamiliar with the housing market in Toronto seek the advice and services of the U of T Housing Service office. Workshops are held throughout the academic year, including sessions on tenant rights and obligations.
A student is considered to be registered as soon as he or she has paid tuition and incidental fees, or has made appropriate arrangements online through SWS to request to register without payment on the basis of a major award or government student loan.
During the SARS outbreak, healthcare providers were directed to adopt a number of infection control procedures including the wearing of personal protective equipment. One of the key pieces of personal protective equipment is a properly fit tested mask. The Ministry of Health has developed directives for health care professionals to wear an approved respirator/mask when droplet protection is required. In order to protect the health and safety of health care students, the use of N95 respirators may be required if there is evidence of potential exposure to airborne infectious agents, chemicals, etc.
As part of a student’s clinical/fieldwork education criteria, mask fit-testing and an education session is mandatory for all students. The Rehabilitation Sciences Sector has arranged mask fit-testing for all students. The session typically takes place in September.
All students will receive a memorandum from the Rehabilitation Sciences Sector, providing principal documents regarding the policies and procedures for completion of the education session and mask fit-testing. All students will receive notification regarding the date, time and room number of the education session and the mask fit-testing at 500 University Avenue. No additional fees are required. Students are required to bring their mask fit-testing card with them to all fieldwork placements. A student’s failure to attend the scheduled date and time of the education session and mask fit-testing will result in the student taking full responsibility for making alternative mask fit-testing arrangements and paying the required mask fit-testing fee at a private clinic.
- Check their financial account balance and request to register without payment
- View grades, GPA and academic status
- Order transcripts
The T-Card Office at the University provides official identification for students. All new OT students must obtain a TCard, which:
- Serves as a student identification card and library card
- Stores money for photocopying around the university