Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Admission Requirements

The majority of learners who are admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (GCR) program go on to pursue the Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc). Starting with the certificate allows them to try out the online learning environment and graduate-level course work. A few learners may only need the certificate or specific courses of interest.


Learners must have the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the certificate program:

  • Degree: Completion of a recognized four-year baccalaureate degree in a health profession from an accredited academic institution, or a UBC-recognized equivalent that qualifies you to provide health services to patients or clients in a rehabilitation health care setting. Applications from prospective learners with three-year degrees in a health profession are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • International Applicants: Academic entry requirements from education programs other than Canada can be reviewed on the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies website. Degree requirements and academic standings vary from the Canadian admissions requirements listed above
  • Academic Standing: A minimum B+ (76%) average in senior level courses (300 and 400 level) is required. Although often labeled 3rd and 4th year courses they may be taken at any time throughout your studies. Completion of an introductory course in statistics is recommended but does not need to be a 300 or 400 level course.
  • Prior Work Experience:  Applicants must be practicing health professionals in regulated health or human services disciplines who have a minimum of three (3) years of rehabilitation work experience in a health care setting where they have their own caseload, and assess and treat patients independently. Experience is not limited by setting and may include community/home health practice, private practice, hospital-based, industry, schools, rehabilitation centres, etc.
  • English Competency: Applicants for whom English was not the primary language of instruction in their degree must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Other applicants may be asked to demonstrate English proficiency even if the primary language of instruction was English. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation program are:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a minimum score of 627 (paper version); 263 (computer version); 108 (Internet version).
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a minimum overall score of 88
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): a minimum overall band score of 7.5 is required with a minimum score of 7.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): a minimum overall score of 80.
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program): a minimum score of 5 for each component of the academic (NOT general) CELPIP test.
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English): a minimum overall score of 76 (CEF level 1) on the academic (NOT general) PTE test.
    Note: these tests must have been taken within two (2) years of starting the program. For example, if you plan to start the program in September 2016, you must have test results that are dated no earlier than September 1, 2014. Click here for further details about English Proficiency Tests. We recommend that you ensure you have met or exceeded the scores in any test accepted by UBC before applying to the program.


Some Notes on Technology

Learners can take program courses anywhere they have access to a computer and the Internet.

Advanced computer skills are not needed. General comfort using a computer and basic word processing software will make completing assignments and participating in classes easier. You should also be able to access the Internet, and send and receive emails with attachments. An active email account is required and once admitted to the program you will be required to obtain a UBC email address which is available for free to learners.

Information regarding how to set-up your system is provided prior to beginning the program. You are responsible for purchasing and maintaining computer hardware and software required for participation in the online courses.