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To apply:

Please submit the following by email to Nancy Lidstone:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Recommendation from a provincial regulatory body or ACOTRO (SEAS).  OTepp will consider other applications on a case by case basis.
  3. Proof of English proficiency.  Not required if your first language is English, your OT training was in English, or  you have a referral from ACOTRO (SEAS).
  4. Résumé or CV.
After your application is approved, an intake interview will be scheduled. Payment of tuition fee is due after your application is approved.  Details will be provided on how to make payment.

Registration deadlines for individual courses:

  • OTEPP 1A02 - Managing Practice, Responsibility, and Professional Development: February 19, 2022
  • OTEPP 1B02 - Communication, Collaboration, and Practice Knowledge:  February 19, 2022
  • OTEPP 1C02 - Understanding Evidence and Using It in Practice:  to be determined
  • OTEPP 1D02 - Clinical Reasoning and Critical Thinking in a Practice Process: Feb 19 2022 (spring term)Courses in summer and fall terms to be determined.
  • OTEPP 1E02 - Supervised Practicum: All pre-practicum tasks must be completed 4 weeks before placement start date.
Students must achieve a grade of C- or greater for Courses 1 through 4 (OTEPP 1A02 through OTEPP 1D02) and have completed all pre-practicum tasks by the deadline before proceeding to supervised practicum.

Additional details

OTepp hours are recognized towards currency hours by certain provincial regulatory organizations. Please contact your respective provincial regulatory organization to inquire about the currency hours you require and to determine whether these hours are acceptable to that regulatory organization.  Successful completion of all five courses will lead to a certificate from McMaster University.

All OTepp courses are offered online in real time (web conferencing). Applicants who are living outside of Canada but meet the eligibility criteria may also join OTepp.

Students who register to take part in the OTepp Certificate Program will be expected to join two classes per week (3 hours each), plus spend up to an additional 12 hours per week on homework and assignments to meet the requirements of each course. The amount of preparation time may vary for each individual. Students who do not meet this standard may be asked to withdraw from the OTepp Certificate Program.  Students must successfully complete Courses 1 through 4 to participate in Course 5.  This includes receiving passing grades (C- or 60%)  on all assignments for Courses 1 through 4.  You cannot register for or complete Course 5 Supervised Practicum without having successfully completed Courses 1 through 4 first.

Immigration status:  OTepp is a transition program for internationally educated occupational therapists who are actively seeking licensure and occupational therapy employment in Canada and therefore does not admit on students on student visas.  Applicants must have either permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship.  Note:  OTs in countries other than Canada may attend Courses 1 through 3 online if they wish to learn about Canadian practice, but may not access Course 4 or the supervised practicum.