Program Route

This program takes 12-24 months to complete. Courses run 6-12 weeks long with defined start and end dates in which to be completed.  For the final project presentation, students will be required to be present online or face-to-face on a specific date and time. All online courses are offered asynchronously to ensure students living in different time zones can participate equally.  If preferred, core courses may be taken face-to-face in Edmonton or Calgary (OCCTH 501, 562, 563, 564, 900).  All courses in the program use a student-centered teaching approach, in other words the student is responsible for their learning with support from various online resources and OT faculty.  


There are a total of 5 core courses; 4 are 3 credits and 1 is 6 credits.  In addition, each student must complete a total of 6 credits in electives for a  grand total of 24 credits.    Each 1 credit is the equivalent of approximately 13 hours of teaching/learning time.

Required Core Courses
OCCTH 501 (3 credits), 562 (3 credits), 563 (3 credits), 564 (3 credits), 900 (6 credits)

Elective Course Options
Students must complete 6 credits in elective courses.  There are many options for how this can be done;

  • Complete courses offered by the Department of Occupational Therapy and may include;  

    • 1 credit student selected modules OCCTH 543 (see course descriptions for further information)

  • Complete any 500 or 600 level courses offered by the University of Alberta

  • In addition, students may use courses from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Online Certificate Program (Pain Management, Stroke Rehabilitation, Sexual Health).  Note: the certificate courses may be used toward credit for both the Post-Professional Master’s as well as the certificate.


NOTE:  Students are encouraged to begin thinking about and working on their final project early in the Program and will have access to content experts.  Areas of specialty include:

  • Education and learning theory

  • Program evaluation

  • Paediatrics/Geriatrics/Lifespan

  • Sexuality

  • Mental health

  • Addictions

  • Return to work

  • Splinting

  • Neurology

  • Community rehabilitation

  • Social justice