Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC)

The MOT Northern and Rural Cohort (NRC) is designed for applicants who are from, or who would like to work in, northern or rural areas. 8 of the 56 domestic seats in the MOT program are allocated to the NRC and during their studies, students are expected to complete 3 of their 5 fieldwork placements in northern and rural communities. Our NRC cohort is part of our class of 56 domestic students and receive their training at UBC Vancouver, it is only during fieldwork placements that they will spend the bulk of the time in northern and rural communities. The Northern and Rural Cohort of the UBC MOT program is a provincially funded initiative developed in partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) that aims to increase recruitment and retention of Occupational Therapists (OT) to northern and rural areas where there is a significant shortage of OTs.

A minimum of 3 of the 5 Fieldwork placements for students takes place anywhere within the North or Rural sites across the province.
Rural sites are typically small towns at considerable distance from urban centres. The actual location of the Fieldwork sites will vary each year depending on OT educator availability and other factors. Students will experience a wide variety of settings in both public and private sectors with potential to participate in innovative projects and novel learning experiences.

Definition of Rural:
UBC MOT’s definition of “rural and small town” follows the outline as defined by Statistics Canada, where rural populations are considered to be living in towns and municipalities outside the commuting zone of larger urban centres (i.e. outside the commuting zone of centres with populations of 10,000 or more). In general, we consider rural areas as having a population of <1000, and small town areas as having a population of <29,999 people. Statistics Canada provides a Population and Dwelling Count Table for all Canadian population centres, available here.

Application Requirements for the NRC

If you are interested in applying to be a part of the NRC please ensure that you have indicated your interest on your application. All those applying to the NRC of the MOT program are required to submit one additional document that highlights your northern and rural experience. This document must be completed and submitted by January 15 of the application year.

The NRC Application Help Guide, Northern and Rural Cohort Application Form, and the Northern and Rural Lived Experiences Form for the MOT NRC can be found here. These documents must be completed and uploaded to the application portal, and must be uploaded as individual documents (do not merge both documents into one).

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.