Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for All Applicants

The BScPA Program has the following admission requirements:

  1. Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status required.
  2. Minimum 10 full-year courses (20 half-year courses) or the equivalent of 4 semesters full time of undergraduate university education from a recognized university.
  3. Minimum cGPA of 2.7 calculated on the OMSAS scale. All completed undergraduate studies will be considered in the calculation of the cGPA.
  4. Minimum of 910 hours of health care experience. All forms of health care experiences are considered toward the minimum requirement; Health care experience can be obtained through employment, clinical placements as part of health care educational programs, or as a volunteer.

Applicant Guidelines 

ADMISSION 

REQUIREMENTS

     

UNDERGRADUATE

APPLICANTS

CEGEP APPLICANTS

GRADUATE 

APPLICANTS

 

APPLICANTS FROM 

NON-CANADIAN 

UNIVERSITIES 

INTERNATIONAL 

MEDICAL 

GRADUATES

DEGREE*      

10 full year courses towards any university level undergraduate degree

10 full year courses towards any university level undergraduate degree, that may include 5 full year CEGEP transfer credits

10 full year courses towards any university level undergraduate degree   10 full year courses towards any university level undergraduate degree.  NEW as of Aug 2018 - these must be evaluated by WES or ICAS.* WES evaluations must be sent directly to Undergraduate Medical Education Enrolment Services – 1 King's College Circle, Room 2124, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8  10 full year courses towards a university level undergraduate degree. You are able to use your international medical degree for this
GPA      

2.7 minimum on the OMSAS scale

2.7 minimum on the OMSAS scale, the calculation will not include CEGEP grades

2.7 minimum on the OMSAS scale. Marks from your graduate degree do not count towards the GPA calculation    2.7 minimum, which will be assessed by Enrolment Services at the time of application 

2.7 minimum, which will be assessed by Enrolment Services at the time of application 

ENGLISH 

LANGUAGE 

PROFICIENCY 

     

If your first language (the language you learned at home as a child and still understand) is not English, you may be required to present proof of English facility. Click here for information on English Language Requirements

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SUPPLEMENTAL 

DOCUMENTATION

     

Letter of Reference, Letter of Verification and Supplemental Application. Click here for detailed information on each of these requirements

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Health Care

Experience**

      Minimum of 910 hours of health care experience, completed by the application deadline. Please see below for information on how we evaluate this See undergraduate requirements See undergraduate requirements   See undergraduate requirements. International experiences do count towards the 910 hours See undergraduate requirements. International experiences do count towards the 910 hours

PREFERRED 

ADMISSION 

CRITERIA***

     

Please see below regarding our preferred admission criteria. This is not mandatory, but preference will be given to those who possess any of the preferred criteria

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*Degree

New for 2019-2020 admission cycle - Assessment of International Academic Credentials: Undergraduate studies completed at a non-Canadian institution must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), including a course-by-course evaluation of your courses and grades with an overall OMSAS GPA. WES evaluations must be sent directly to Undergraduate Medical Education Enrolment Services – 1 King's College Circle, Room 2124, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8 - as soon as possible and no later than the published document deadline. NOTE: For the 2019-2020 admission cycle only, the PA Admissions and Selection Committee will also take assessments completed by International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS).

**Health Care Experience Criteria

Health care experience will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • the level of involvement in direct patient care
  • the specific clinical duties performed
  • the level of supervision
  • the total number of hours
  • the type of clinical setting
  • the recency of experience

Applicants are expected to provide information on all of their previous health care experiences, not only the minimum 910 hours. Applicants are also expected to provide as much detail as possible in their supplemental application in order for their application to be assessed. Information provided by the applicant is subject to verification by the Program. 

A list of health occupations that are officially identified by the Canadian Government can be found at: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. 

Our supplemental application includes the following list of related job titles. The following list is a guideline only. Health care experience  may be paid, volunteer or through educational placements. Health care experience, may include, but is not limited to: Aboriginal Healthworker, Acupuncturist, Anaesthesia Assistant, Audiologist, Chiropodist/Podiatrist, Chiropractor, Dental Hygienist, Dentist/Dental Surgeon, Denturist, Dietitian, Homeopath, Kinesiologist, Massage Therapist, Medic/Military Medic,Medical Doctor/ Physician /Surgeon, Midwife, MRI Technologist, Naturopathic Physician/Naturopath, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nurse - Nurse Practitioner (NP), Nurse - Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse - Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), Occupational Therapist, Optician, Optometrist, Osteopathic Physician/Osteopath, Paramedic, Paramedic - Advanced Care, Pedorthist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Assistant, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Radiation Therapist, Radiological Technologist, Recreation Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Social Worker, Sonographer, Speech Language Pathologist, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and others.

The program is unable to confirm whether or not health care experience is appropriate prior to the time of application.

***Preferred Admission Criteria

All applicants who present the minimum requirements and send in all required documentation will be considered for admission. However, due to the competitive nature of our admissions process, preference will be given to applicants who have any of the following: 

  1. One full course equivalent (one full year course, or two-semester courses) in the courses listed below. Please note that these courses must be completed or show on the transcript as registered prior to the application deadline, if an applicant would like the courses to be considered in the application process. 
    • Human Anatomy
    • Chemistry
    • Physiology  
  2. Health care Experience that is recent (within last 5 years).
  3. Direct hands-on patient care experience in a clinical setting
  4. Paid positions as a health care provider
  5. Are a current resident of Ontario
  6. Have been a resident, as an adult, in a northern or rural community. (For Ontario, "rural" = Rurality index of 40 or more; outside of Ontario, "rural" = population of <15,000)

 

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