The UBC Master of Occupational Therapy Northern distributed program is designed for applicants who are from, or who would like to work in, northern or rural areas. Of the 72 MOT students accepted annually, 16 domestic seats in the program are allocated to the North.
The MOT-N 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. This fully distributed model of learning uses technology that allows instructors and students to interact in real-time at multiple locations. Clinical skills assistants will be present in labs at both campuses to facilitate learning and clinical skills development.
The MOT-N Program is taught at the UNBC campus in Prince George. Prince George is Northern BC’s largest city with an active cultural community and great opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The teaching and learning facilities at UNBC are modern and state-of-the-art spaces. These facilities feature a clinical skills lab and lecture theatre with videoconferencing technology, as well as breakout rooms and study space for students.
MOT-N students are expected to complete 3 of their 5 fieldwork placements in northern and rural communities. Students will experience a wide variety of clinical settings in both public and private sectors, with the potential to participate in innovative projects and novel clinical experiences. Clinical learning for students takes place anywhere in the province; however, there is a focus on clinical sites within the Northern Health Authority, or at sites across the province that are designated as rural. Rural sites are typically small towns at considerable distance from urban centres. The actual location of clinical learning sites will vary each year.
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.
If you are interested in applying to be a part of the MOT-N, please ensure that you have indicated your interest on your application. All those applying to the MOT-N are required to submit one additional document that highlights your northern and rural experience. This document must be completed and submitted by the application deadline.
The MOT-N Application Help Guide, MOT-N Application Form, and the Northern and Rural Lived Experiences Form for the MOT-N can be found here. These documents must be completed and uploaded to the application portal, and must be uploaded as two individual documents (do not merge both documents into one). The How to Apply page can be found here.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.