Information for Students

We offer the only occupational therapy program in British Columbia. In order to properly serve the province and to offer a broad, realistic range of fieldwork opportunities for students, we have developed collaborative relationships with partners across BC.

Fieldwork placement requirements

In order to continue to develop exceptional occupational therapy graduates from the Master of Occupational Therapy – Vancouver Program (MOT-V), and to maintain our relationships with the agencies throughout the province, we will do our best provide you with two placements inside the Greater Vancouver Area. The remaining three placements are not guaranteed to take place in the Greater Vancouver Area and can occur within in any health authority (VCHA, FHA, VIHA, NHA, IHA).

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Student responsibilities

Exemptions are rarely granted, and only under certain limited circumstances. The student must submit reasons in writing and each case is considered individually by the University Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with the fieldwork program, including travel, accommodation and living expenses when completing placements outside of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority or an excessive distance from the student’s home address. Exemptions are not granted for financial hardship reasons.

Fieldwork Materials

Please find below some useful documents to assist you with the fieldwork component of the curriculum:

Mistreatment Help: If you feel that you have experienced or witnessed mistreatment or have concerns about your learning environment, we encourage you to report it.

Fieldwork Site Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question, please email the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, and we will post the answer below to help others.

I am a university student out of British Columbia looking to do a placement in Canada, who do I contact?

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.

What fieldwork requirements will I need to complete over the course of the program?

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

  • Five placements in total, with two of the five placements taking place outside of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. MOT-North students are required to take three of the five placements outside of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Please see Fieldwork Placement Requirements above.
  • One mental health placement, which can be any of the five placements, in any health authority.

What other requirements will I need to complete?

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.

These are example requirements. Please check with your course for most up-to-date requirements.

How can I complete these requirements?

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, BC

604-428-1870
office@link2life.ca

Sign up for CPR-HCP course

Iridia Medical
1644 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

604-685-4747
info@iridiamedical.com

Sign up for BLS/CPR-HCP course

Vancouver First Aid
Training Location:
1773 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC V5N 3Z8

+1 778-709-9180
info@vancouverfirstaid.ca

Sign up for CPR-HCP course 

How do the fieldwork placements work with class time?

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is divided into six terms over two years (three terms each), with two fieldwork placements in the first year, and three in the second year.

MOT Year 1

  • Term 1:
    • Aug-Dec (14 weeks) Academic courses
    • Jan-Feb (5 weeks) Level 1 fieldwork
  • Term 2:
    • Feb-April (11 weeks) Academic courses
    • May-June (7 weeks) Level 2 fieldwork
  • Term 3:
    • June-July (5 weeks) Academic courses

MOT Year 2

  • Term 4:
    • Aug-Oct (8 weeks) Academic courses
    • Nov-Dec (7 weeks) Level 2 fieldwork
  • Term 5:
    • Jan-Feb (6 weeks) Academic courses
    • Feb-May (7 weeks) Level 3 fieldwork x 2
  • Term 6:
    • May-Aug (6 weeks, 8 weeks) Academic courses / research project

Please review our sample curriculum for a visual overview.

Can I arrange my own placements?

Short answer: No.
If you have a site that you think may not be listed in our database, please feel free to mention to the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, who can explore as a potential new site.
Students are not able to select specific sites for their placements and are subject to both the Fieldwork Coordinator’s decision and the placements available to UBC MOT.

If I volunteered/worked at a site before entering the program, can I conduct a placement there?

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

Are international placements allowed?

Yes, UBC has an extensive network of Occupational Therapy sites across the world and provides its students with ample opportunity to practice abroad.

Are fieldwork placements required to be completed as a volunteer, or can they be paid?

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