Frequently Asked Questions

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Clinicians

To become a Fieldwork Educator, you must be a qualified Occupational Therapist who has full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC. You do not need to have a Master's degree to supervise a student. Site accreditation involves completing a site profile and a signed agreement with UBC. For further details, contact the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

It is recommended that you have at least one year of experience before you educate your first student. We also recommend attending one of the full day free workshops.

The length of placements varies. This chart details the location and length of placements in the program.

MOT Year 1:

Academic Courses Level 1 FW. Academic Courses Level 2 FW Academic Courses
Aug–Dec (14 wks) Jan-Feb (5 wks) Feb – April (11 weeks) May-June (7 weeks) June-July (5 weeks)

MOT Year 2:

Academic Courses Level 2 FW Academic Courses Level 3 FW x 2 Academic Courses
Aug-Oct (8 weeks) Nov-Dec (7 weeks) Jan–Feb (6 weeks) Feb–May (2 weeks) May-Aug (6 weeks of class,
8 weeks to complete
research project)

Yes, it is possible for students to have more than one supervisor. This may be the case when supervisors work part-time.

This will depend on many factors, but generally, Fieldwork Educators are expected to give students adequate orientation to the site and practice setting, set regular (usually weekly) meetings to check-in with the student and discuss casework, and provide adequate opportunities for learning and evaluation. Although this may seem like a lot of additional work, becoming a Fieldwork Educator is meant to be an enriching experience, both for the student and for the Educator. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of the Educator, see the Fieldwork Site Manual, and/or contact the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

In short: Yes!
Students from other countries wishing to come to BC for a fieldwork placement should have their university’s fieldwork coordinator connect directly with clinicians to set up their placements. UBC is not involved in placing international students. Out-of-province students, however, cannot directly arrange their own fieldwork placements. Instead, UBC works with other Canadian institutions to place out-of-province students, in keeping with the process established by the Canadian University Fieldwork Educators Committee.

The benefits are many! Please read 10 Reasons to Take a Student. Begin to generate your own list of benefits for educating a student.

Of course you can! We encourage our students to have opportunities in every facet of OT practice including research, administration, community development & cooperative placements. If you would like to discuss any of these options, please email the OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

 

Prospective Students

Out-of-province students, cannot directly arrange their own fieldwork placements. Instead, UBC works with other Canadian institutions to place out-of-province students, in keeping with the process established by the Canadian University Fieldwork Educators Committee.
Students from other countries wishing to come to BC for a fieldwork placement should have their university’s fieldwork coordinator connect directly with clinicians to set up their placements. UBC is not involved in placing international students.
If you are an international student/coordinator please see the following websites for reference.
For more information regarding international placements, please visit the CAOT website.
For help finding an eligible placement site within Canada, please visit the CAOT database.

Students are expected to complete the following requirements as part of their Fieldwork curriculum:

  • 5 Total Placements- with 2 of the 5 Placements taking place outside of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (more detailed information can be found here).
  • 1 Mental Health Placement - which can occur during any of the 5 placements.

Once students are admitted to the program they will need to be able to complete the following fieldwork specific requirements:

  • A comprehensive Criminal Record Check.
  • First Aid & CPR (Level C or higher) *If you have an international version of these certifications please verify their equivalency with one of your country's accredited health organization.
  • Full immunization reviews.
  • Respiratory Mask Fit Testing (students with facial hair may be asked to shave in advance of this testing).
    Note: Where being clean shaven is not possible (e.g for religious or medical reasons), other options may be utilized after discussion.

Please note: Prospective students are not required to complete any/all of these requirements before applying. These are post-acceptance requirements only.

Once accepted to the UBC MOT program, the department will arrange for students to conduct the Criminal Record Check and Respiratory Mask Fit Testing.

Students will be required to conduct an independent immunization review by UBC Student Health Services. The following immunizations must be reviewed/updated: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis Screening as well as any health authority mandated seasonal vaccinations.

For more information, please contact Student Health Services who will be happy to advise and update you on any immunization requirements.

Finally, students are required to have completed their CPR (Level C or higher) course before you begin your clinical practice experience. CPR certification is to be renewed every year thereafter. You can take the course through a number of facilities (e.g., adult education at your local School Board, local colleges, St. John’s Ambulance, etc.).

Suggested Locations:

Link 2 Life
2378 Alberta Street, Vancouver, B.C.Ph: (604) 428-1870
Email: office@link2life.ca
Please click on link below to sign up for a session.
Sign up for CPR-HCP course


Iridia Medical
1644 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
Ph: (604) 685-4747
Email: info@iridiamedical.com
Please click on link below to sign up for a session.
Sign up for BLS/CPR-HCP course


Vancouver First Aid
Phone: +1 778-709-9180
Email: info@vancouverfirstaid.ca
Training Location: 1773 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5N 3Z8
Sign up for CPR-HCP course 

MOT is divided into 6 terms over 2 years (3 terms each), with two Fieldwork placements occurring in the 1st year and three fieldwork placements occurring in the 2nd.

The fieldwork terms take place during the following months:

MOT Year 1:

Academic Courses Level 1 FW. Academic Courses Level 2 FW Academic Courses
Aug–Dec (14 wks) Jan-Feb (5 wks) Feb – April (11 weeks) May-June (7 weeks) June-July (5 weeks)

MOT Year 2:

Academic Courses Level 2 FW Academic Courses Level 3 FW x 2 Academic Courses
Aug-Oct (8 weeks) Nov-Dec (7 weeks) Jan–Feb (6 weeks) Feb–May (2 weeks) May-Aug (6 weeks of class,
8 weeks to complete
research project)

For a more comprehensive look at the MOT program, please visit the Curriculum portion of our website.

Short answer: No.
If you have a site in mind (and have not previously worked there), the Fieldwork Coordinator may take your request into consideration.
However, students are not able to select specific sites to conduct their placements in and are subject to both the Fieldwork Coordinator's decision and placements available to UBC MOT.

Short answer: No.
In general, students are prohibited from conducting placements at sites they have previously volunteered/worked at.
However, this policy is subject to change at the Fieldwork Coordinator's discretion.

Yes, UBC has an extensive network of Occupational Therapy sites across the world and provides its students with ample opportunity to practice abroad.
Unlike provincial/domestic placements, students will need to arrange their own placements (after discussion with the Fieldwork Coordinator), accommodations, and insurance.

The answer varies on a case to case basis, but for the most part the answer is no if you are on student loans.
Students with visas and student loans from BC should take special note of the requirements and exceptions listed in the terms and conditions of their agreement.
For UBC specific policy please refer to "The International Student Guide".
The MOT program strongly recommends that students do not plan to do an out-of-province placement if they are an international student.

All fieldwork placements are unpaid, there are no exceptions to this rule.