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Health Careers Access Program

Discover the path between you and your dreams

Launch the journey toward your dreams. When you’re accepted into the Access program, you have the support you need to forge your way to a successful academic future.

With Access, you’ll find the supportive place, people, and programs that will help you succeed.

Health Careers Access Program (HCAP)

This program is designed to prepare Indigenous Manitobans for entry to the health professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Medical Rehabilitation Science (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Respiratory Therapy) and Nursing. Through the cooperation of the Province of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, students are provided with academic and personal supports.

Who is the Program for?

This program is exclusive to Indigenous (Métis, Status, Non-Status, Inuit) residents of Manitoba with a strong interest in becoming a health professional.

Access Program Admission Requirements

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada and resident of Manitoba;
  • You must qualify for regular university entrance, or as a mature student of 21 or older who is admissible to University 1.

The Access Program will also consider:

  • Applicants with 27 or less successfully completed credit hours of recognized university course work who are in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher).
  • Applicants who have achieved more than 27 credit hours and are in good standing, may be considered for admission to the Health Careers Access Program.
  • Applicants who have less than one year of successfully completed community college credits and are in good standing.

In addition to the criteria listed above, students must be eligible for the Common First Year based on the academic offer for the year in which admission is sought.

Program Requirements

Students take common first year courses and once completed will be streamed for the Faculty of their choice. Common first year courses have been selected to prepare students for success at University and in a Health Profession. Significant focus is placed on the inter- and multidisciplinary nature of Health Professional education as well as the demands of the various health disciplines. Students receive guidance to enable them to make more informed career choices.

Applicants may be required to study full time in a Faculty such as Arts or Science for up to four years, depending on pre-requisites required of the Health Faculty or College. They then apply to the professional health faculty or college of choice.

How Do I Apply?

There are two steps. In Step 1, you will complete an online form, and then you will be provided with a PDF application form. In Step 2, you will complete the PDF form, gather your documentation, and email it to us. Application Deadline is May 1.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Access Program?

Located at The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, the Access Program provides a support network designed to increase student success. Major focuses are academic and personal supports. These include an extensive orientation to university expectations, common first year degree credit courses taught by Access Instructors, individualized academic advising and personal counselling.

How Does the Access Program Help?

The Access Program provides you with academic and personal supports, and financial consultation.

Academic Support

  • An extensive pre-university orientation held in August
  • Individual academic advising
  • Common First Year degree credit courses, taught by our Instructors
  • Tutorials, Workshops
  • Tutoring supports
  • Regular meetings with the Advising Staff

Personal/Counselling/Cultural Support

  • Personal Counselling
  • University/urban adjustment assistance
  • Housing and Childcare assistance
  • Wellness and personal development workshops
  • Cultural Supports/Unkan Grandfather in Residence

Financial Support

We encourage applicants to explore all outside funding options. Since September 1995, many Access Programs applicants brought funding from outside sources which included Band Sponsorship, Study Assistance for Social Allowance Recipients (SASAR), scholarships and bursaries.

Students with insufficient outside funding have applied to Manitoba Student Aid..

Financial Support Staff and Counsellors provide consultation.

How Are Students Selected?

In mid-May all completed applications are screened by a committee. Applicants who have been recommended by the committee are invited to Winnipeg for interviews. Each applicant is interviewed by a committee who recommends those applicants most suited for the program to the Director. Applicants are then notified of the Director’s decision by phone or mail.

When Does the Program Start?

The university term starts in September. First year Access students are required to attend an extensive orientation in August.

Are the Access Programs available online?

No, these programs are not available through Distance and Online Education.

With Access, you’ll find the supportive place, people, and programs that will help you succeed.

More Information

Access Program
Migizii Agamik, Room 221 – 114 Sidney Smith St.
The University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
or phone: (204) 474-8000
or toll free in Manitoba: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 8000
Fax: (204) 275-6489