Occupational therapy is a dynamic and growing profession that contributes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities, and spans many sectors of society including health and social services, education and labor. Occupational therapists enable people across the lifespan to lead more productive, satisfying and independent lives by facilitating their engagement in the occupations of everyday life; activities that give life meaning, such as caring for oneself or others, being productive at home, work or school or just plain having fun.
At the University of Manitoba we offer a high quality, accessible and innovative two-year professional entry-level degree program that prepares graduates for current and future practice in occupational therapy. Our student-centred approach to teaching and learning is supported by many dedicated, keen and experienced faculty members who bring a variety of expertise to classroom and lab sessions. The fieldwork or practical component of our program is facilitated by more than 200 clinical educators who mentor and teach our students within community and clinical settings providing real-life experience in OT.
The rehabilitation building offers newly renovated classroom space with state-of-the-art technology in both classrooms and labs. Our facilities include large lecture theatres and classrooms, a mobility lab, an activity of daily living lab, several seminar rooms for small group work and an assistive technology computer lab. All facilities are available to students 24/7 for study purposes.
We are located at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus and are one of three departments of the College of Rehabilitation sciences; the other two departments are Physical Therapy (PT) and Respiratory Therapy (RT). The College of Rehabilitation Sciences is a part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Together, we share the Bannatyne campus with the Max Rady College of Medicine, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and the College of Pharmacy. The close proximity of these health sciences programs enhances collegial and interprofessional activities among all the health professional students. The college also offers a thesis-based Master of Science (Rehabilitation Sciences) degree and partners with the Faculty of Kinesiology to offer a PhD in Applied Health Sciences.
Located at the centre of the Bannatyne campus is the recently renovated state-of-the-art Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library which houses extensive collections and services that support learning, teaching, and research. Also of great pride is the new teaching and learning simulation facility and the many education and research institutes and centres of excellence such as the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences' Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing / Ongomiizwin and the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Other frequently sought-out resources on our campus include the Joe Doupe Recreational Facility, and the Brodie Centre food court.
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I look forward to meeting you.
Leanne Leclair, O.T. Reg (MB), PhD
Associate Professor and Head Department of Occupational Therapy
College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Ave.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada