Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM)

The Bachelor of Disability Management is a degree with an applied focus. It is the first and only degree of this nature and level internationally. The Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) provides graduates with the underpinning of knowledge, skills and competencies, on the one hand, to assist absent workers to return to work and, on the other hand, to assist employing organizations, service providers and insurers in the public, private and not for profit sectors to introduce and operate cost-effective and responsive DM and return to work programs.

The program will be of interest to working adults who seek a credential related to their current field of activity – most frequently health, human resources, occupational health and safety, insurance, union representation, or government services, and to students graduating from high school who wish to pursue a career in workplace health science. In the evolving field of disability management, the degree has been designed to give students the necessary technical skills and to empower them as leaders in reshaping the approach and systems involving workers with disabilities.

The degree is comprised of 120 credits, which include 78 specialized credits specific to disability management and 42 elective credits. Electives can be taken online through our partnering institutions or students may use previously earned credits from one and two year college programs or other university-level credit programs to fill the elective requirements. For further details, please review the Academic Calendar.

The content and structure of the BDM has been designed and developed to ensure that successful graduates have the underpinning knowledge and skills, which are congruent with the International Disability Management Standards Council (IDMSC) Occupational Standards. This places BDM graduates in a favourable position, once they have fulfilled the work practice requirements, to embark on the certification process for the Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) or Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRTWC).

To access an application form please click here.

Information regarding the University’s flexible admissions process for students who do not meet the standard admission criteria can be found on the Admissions page

Full details of the program are available in the Academic Calendar.

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To view the brochure for the Bachelor of Disability Management program, please click on the following link:

BDM Brochure