Questions about the program


  • Why is the York Seneca Rehabilitation unique?

The York-Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate 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. The program provides students with a wide theory base with practical application to the vocational rehabilitation field. It is based on a multi-disciplinary approach to meet the needs of our trainees for professional practice in the field upon graduation from the program.


  • What does a typical week in the YSR program look like?

A typical week will involve attending classes on Mondays and Wednesdays (usually a 10 hr day that ends around 9 or 10pm) and Field placement on 2 days (Tues/Thurs or Fri) for 8 hour days.
How many and what courses do I need to take as part of the YSR program:

The number or required courses for the first year are:

3 full year courses at York

3 full year courses at Seneca (2 in-class and 1 field placement)

Total credit load is between 33 – 36 credits for the year.

The number or required courses for the second year are:

2 full year courses at York University

4 full year courses at Seneca (3 in-class and 1 field placement)

Total credit load will be between 33 – 36 credits for the year.


  • Will completing the YSR program help me get into graduate school?

It depends. If you plan on continuing your education in the field of rehabilitation (for example, in Rehabilitation Sciences at UoT), then the YSR program may be a good experience to provide you with some practical training in the field and specialized course work. However, most graduate schools do not look for this type of prior training. Instead, the graduate school may emphasize research skills or scholarship (e.g. Psychology graduate program). It will be important for you to think about your long-term goals and whether the YSR program will help you meet those goals.


  • Is there a graduate program in Rehabilitation?

There are several graduate-level rehabilitation programs in Canada. We are aware of the following programs: University of British Columbia – M.A. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling; University of Northern British Columbia – Masters of Arts Disability; Management University of Calgary – Masters in Community Rehabilitation; University of Toronto; McMaster University; and Western University, but there may be more. Each program has a different emphasis and some may be more clinically-oriented than others. York University does not offer a graduate degree in Rehabilitation.


  • Does the program focus on vocational rehabilitation? If not, what is the main focus ?

Our program is designed to provide students with an integrated education, enabling them to become effective practitioners in the field of rehabilitation with a focus on vocational rehabilitation. Students in the YSR program gain knowledge in the areas of human development, interviewing and counseling, assessment approaches, physical and mental health issues, policy, and ethics.


  • What online component does your degree program offer, if any ?

The combined York-Seneca Rehab Certificate program does not currently have an online (or distance component) as part of its standard curriculum. We offer a wide number of courses (at both York University and Seneca College) as part of our current program. The lack of an online component is not viewed as a deficiency to the program.

An alternative 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.