Educational Routes for VR Professionals

Athabasca University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Doing Disability Differently Masters degree Yes Visit Link Yes
Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs Psychology Course Yes Visit Link No

Capilano University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Our program trains graduates as Rehabilitation Assistants – triple training them as Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physiotherapy Assistants and Speech Language Pathology/Audiology Assistants. Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma No Visit Link No

What unique proposition does your university offer?

Our program doesn’t train Voc Rehab consultants but the Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma allows for a block transfer into year 3 of several degree options.

George Brown College

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Community Mental Health Case Management Certificate No Visit Link No

What unique proposition does your university offer?

We offer a Part-time Community Mental Health Case Management Certificate that includes a course on employment counselling skills for front-line counsellors working with clients with psychiatric survivors. The focus is on assessing job readiness, identifying employment issues and barriers and linking with appropriate community resources and job support programs.

Queen’s University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Physical and Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma Visit Link No
Rehabilitation Science with two fields of study – one is Disability and Wellness in the Community and the other is Motor Performance. MSc and PhD degrees Visit Link No
Community Based Rehabilitation Post-graduate certificate Online certificate program on Community Based Rehabilitation with an international focus. Visit Link Yes

What unique proposition does your university offer?

Aside from MSc degrees in Physical and Occupational Therapy, we offer MSc and PhD degrees in Rehabilitation Science with two fields of study – one is Disability and Wellness in the Community and the other is Motor Performance. Several faculty members have expertise in workplace health and health policy. We offer an online certificate program on Community Based Rehabilitation that has an international focus.

Seneca College

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Seneca Rehabilitation Program 11 subject Certificate (Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate) Students take individual subjects by correspondence through The Centre for Distributed Learning. In this format, the student works at an individualized pace through the use and aid of a tutor and self-directed study materials. Visit Link Yes
Mental Health Intervention Certificate Offers a specialty in mental health intervention to better support individuals and families with mental health and wellbeing. Visit Link No

What unique proposition does your university offer?

Our College offers an applied program giving students an understanding of the field of vocational rehabilitation to enhance their previous degree or other education obtained.

Simon Fraser University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Program in rehabilitation and disability management Graduate diploma program No Visit Link No
Cross-Cultural Competencies in Rehabilitation P.D Course No Visit Link Yes

What unique proposition does your university offer?

Our division is striving to provide professional training that meets industrial requirements.

University of British Columbia

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (MEd) Masters degree This program is offered through blended online and face-to-face delivery, part-time over three years, making it accessible to working professionals. The Counselling Psychology program will now be regularly offering an area of focus in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling within the MEd Counselling Psychology program every other year. The offering of the program is subject to sufficient enrollment. Visit Link

What unique proposition does your university offer?

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling is a specialty graduate program in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, the only such program in Canada. It focuses on the psychosocial and vocational effects of neurological, physical, sensory, mental health, neuropsychological and pain-related disabilities. The curriculum has been developed in accordance with program accreditation requirements and prepares graduates for licensing by respective professional licensing bodies for vocational rehabilitation professionals. The area of focus in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling combines core courses shared with Counselling Psychology with specialty vocational rehabilitation courses. The Program follows the scientist-practitioner training model and prepares students for independent clinical and vocational practice in a wide spectrum of vocational rehabilitation service areas, including, but not limited to vocational assessment, vocational individual and group intervention, adjustment and rehabilitative counselling, job development and placement, return-to-work planning, case and disability management, and research and program evaluation. An intensive supervised clinical experience in the health, mental health or rehabilitation settings, as well as coursework on psychosocial and medical aspects of disability, have also been built into the curriculum. The program is responsive to the needs of Canadian vocational rehabilitation professionals and provides a uniquely Canadian perspective on vocational rehabilitation counselling and the environment where it is delivered. Both regular UBC faculty and sessional faculty are involved in teaching. Sessional faculty are selected among expert vocational rehabilitation professionals with academic background and qualifications.

University of Calgary

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Community Rehabilitation in Disability Studies CORE 473 Vocational Rehabilitation & Disability is offered on line either Spring or Summer session. Visit Link Students can take any of our undergraduate courses as an “Open Studies” student, meaning that they do not need to be registered in our program.

What unique proposition does your university offer?

CRDS is an interdisciplinary degree. Our belief is that students need to understand how to work in a multi-disciplinary field that incorporates vocational rehabilitation as only one part of the continuum when working with individuals/groups with disabilities in the community. CRDS program has a vocational rehabilitation and disability course that is an introduction to understanding the terms and practices of a VR professional.

York University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Combine their B.A. or B.Sc. (Bachelor or Honours degree) in Psychology or in Health sciences & Kinesiology with practical field experience in rehabilitation. B.A. or B.Sc. (Bachelor or Honours degree) Seneca Rehabilitation Program offered by Seneca College offers distance education opportunities in the vocational rehabilitation field. In the near future, we will offer distance courses within the area of Ethics and Professionalism as it pertains to the rehab field. Visit Link No
Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate Certificate Visit Link

What unique proposition does your university offer?

The York-Seneca Rehab program, the only one of its kind in Canada, allows students to combine their B.A. or B.Sc. (Bachelor or Honours degree) in Psychology or in Health sciences & Kinesiology with practical field experience in rehabilitation. The completion of the specialized curriculum and two full-year field placements (totaling 800 hours of supervised training) allows students to acquire the necessary skills for working as a vocational rehabilitation professional.

Our program presents a wide theory base with practical application to the vocational rehabilitation field. It is based on a multi-discipline approach to meet the needs of our trainees for professional practice in the field upon graduation from the program.

Pacific Coast University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Bachelor of Disability Management BDM Visit Link Can be self placed
Advanced Certificate in Return to Work ACRTW 2 streams offered: Canadian Perspectives and International Perspectives Visit Link
NIDMAR Continuing Education CDMP, CRTWC Credentials available through exam process. Visit Link Online

Dalhousie University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Certificate in Disability Management CDM Visit Link Online

Brock University

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Centre for Applied Disability Studies Visit Link

Mohawk College

Programs Offered Degree / Designations Online Options Website Individual Module Offered?
Workplace Insurance and Disability Prevention Leadership Certificate Visit Link