Frequently Asked Questions

Special Federal Initiative – Scholarship Opportunity for Canadian Residents

  • This Scholarship program is made possible through funding to the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) provided by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiative Program.
  • Candidates may apply for a Scholarship towards either the full-time or part-time Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) program at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences.
  • Each successful candidate will be entitled to $6,500 annually for each of two years for the Full-Time BDM Program, or $3,250 annually for the first 2 years only of the Part-Time BDM Program, to cover most of the course tuition for the specialized courses towards completion of the BDM degree.
  • Candidates must have completed at least 60 transferable academic credits from a recognized post- secondary institution (or equivalent; more information below).

OR

  • qualify for Admission Directly into Year 3 by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) / Flexible Admission.
  • The scholarship program duration is 2 years for the 2-year Full-Time Program, or the first 2 years of the 4-year Part- Time Program. Recipients in the Full-Time Program are expected to graduate within this 2-year time frame; those in the Part-Time Program are responsible for tuition for the final 2 years of the program, and are expected to graduate at the completion of the 4th year.
  • The percentage to which the annual scholarship will cover actual tuition costs for the year will be contingent on the number of transfer credits with which prospective students will enter the degree program.

Eligible individuals may apply for a scholarship for either the Full-Time or the Part-Time Bachelor of Disability Management.

The Special Federal Initiative Scholarship will provide:

  • $6,500 annual for each of the 2 years of the Full-Time BDM program, to cover most of the course tuition for the specialized courses required to complete the BDM degree. Applicants will be responsible for covering the balance of the tuition which is approximately $1,120 per academic year for a student entering with 60 credits. Textbooks, which are required by several courses, are not covered by the Scholarship.

OR

  • $3,250 annually for the first 2 years only of the 4-year Part-Time BDM Program, to cover most of the course tuition for the first 2 years of specialized courses required to complete the BDM degree. Applicants will be responsible for covering the balance of the tuition for each of the first 2 years which is approximately $560 per academic year for a student entering with 60 credits. Textbooks which are required by several courses, are not covered by the Scholarship.
  • Applicants will be responsible for covering the full tuition and all other expenses of the final 2 years of the Part-Time Program.

The Special Federal Initiative Scholarship is open to candidates with landed immigrant or Canadian citizenship status who are permanent residents of any Canadian province or territory except British Columbia. Permanent residents of BC are invited to apply for the WDA Grant Scholarship.

Successful candidates must:

  • Meet the admission criteria of PCU-WHS.

In addition, successful candidates must qualify for Admission Directly into Year 3 of the BDM program. To qualify for Admission Directly into Year 3, applicants must:

  • Have graduated with an associate degree, 2-year diploma, or other relevant educational prerequisite which provides 60 transferable academic credits  (or equivalent) in a range of disciplines (preferred domains listed below).
  • Current students must be attending a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Students converting from an existing career path may have graduated from any university or college.
  • Candidates with an average post-secondary GPA of 3.0 or higher will be preferred.

OR

  • Be eligible for Admission Directly into Year 3 on the basis of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). A combination of professional experience and career education will be assessed under Flexible Admission policy on a case-by-case basis. Applicants under Flexible admission should have a minimum of 5-10 years of relevant experience in a related field.

Preferred domains of previous study include:

  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Social Work
  • Applicants must cover the $100 application fee that is required.
  • While the Special Federal Initiative will cover most of the tuition of the 2-year Full-Time BDM Program, and most of the tuition of the first 2 years of the 4-year Part-Time BDM Program, students are responsible for covering the balance of tuition ($1,120 per academic per year for the full-time BDM program; and $560 per academic year for the first 2 years of the part-time program, and $3,810 per year for Years 3 and 4 of the part-time program (as of December 2021).
  • The costs of elective or additional courses, if required, are not covered by the Scholarship.
  • There will be other incidental costs, including costs of textbooks and other materials, which are not covered by the Scholarship.
  • The cost of a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) request for any course is not covered by the Scholarship.
  • The cost of a PLAR review for admission is not covered by the Scholarship.
  • Fees for any courses not completed within the 2-year Scholarship period will be the responsibility of the student.
  • The percentage to which the annual Scholarship will cover actual tuition costs will be contingent on the number of transfer credits with which prospective students will enter the degree program.

The Special Federal Initial Scholarship will apply to:

  • the full 2 years of the full-time BDM program, commencing with the Fall 2022 trimester and
    terminating with the Spring 2024 trimester

OR

  • the first 2 years only of the 4-year Part-Time BDM program, commencing with the Fall 2022
    trimester and terminating with the Spring 2024 trimester. You can anticipate completion of the
    part-time program 2 years later (Spring 2026 trimester) without scholarship funding.
  • Successful candidates are required to attend the PCU-WHS full-time or part-time online program beginning in September 2022.
  • You are also required to attend an online orientation to the program in advance of the first academic term.
  • You must maintain an academic standing of 3.0 or higher each trimester throughout your studies. If you fail to achieve this, you will be given the following trimester to restore your standing.
  • You must be in a position to register in the Full-Time or Part-Time Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) program beginning in September 2022, and to complete the degree within a 2-year period for the full-time program or 4-year period for the part-time program.
  • To qualify for admission to the Full-Time Special Federal Initiative Scholarship BDM program, you must not be working full-time.

PCU-WHS is located in Port Alberni, British Columbia, but all BDM courses are offered exclusively online. Residents of Canada can study from their province or territory of residence.

All courses at PCU-WHS are offered online by highly qualified faculty with a depth of multidisciplinary experience.

Students require a computer, an Internet connection (high-speed internet is recommended), and internet browser software to participate in the courses. Students should have a computer with a sound card and speakers to listen to course videos and audio, plus a microphone to participate in synchronous sessions. All courses require a word processing application such as Microsoft Word. Individual courses may have additional software requirements. Technical assistance is available for all courses.

The online platform provides you with:

  • 24-hour access to course resources and materials.
  • More opportunities to directly communicate with faculty.
  • Constructive interaction with other students.
  • Greater flexibility and convenience in managing your time. (Courses are not self-paced, however; timelines for course work are provided.)
  • An environment to participate at a time and place best suited to your needs.
  • Additional time to reflect before responding to discussions and other activities.
  • An environment where the independent learner flourishes.

Students will have 24-hour access to most course resources, activities, and materials. The few synchronous activities (Zoom sessions, student presentations) will be scheduled in the Pacific time zone, but scheduling will aim to accommodate other time zones in which the students are residing, when possible.

Full-time BDM program: For students who are not also employed full-time.

  • Completion of the BDM program in 2 years (Scholarship is applied to both years.)
  • Completion of a minimum of ten (10) 3-credit courses per year
    • Typically: 4 courses in the Fall trimester, 3 courses in the Winter trimester, 3 courses in the Spring trimester.
  • The courses for the Full-Time program are 12-week courses, with an anticipated time commitment of 8-9 hours per week per course, including approximately 4 hours on the required readings and 4 hours on either a discussion exercise or assignment. Expect to be enrolled in at least 3 courses per trimester.

Part-time BDM program: For students who are also employed full-time.

  • Completion of the BDM program in 4 years (Scholarship is only applied to the first 2 years.)
  • Completion of a minimum of five (5) 3-credit courses per year
    • The courses for the part-time program are distributed throughout each academic year, 5 per year consecutively (one course at a time), with 2 or more weeks between courses.
  • The courses for the Part-Time program are 6-week courses, with an anticipated time commitment of 16 hours per week, including approximately 8 hours on the required readings and 8 hours on either a discussion exercise or assignment.

Only students enrolled in the Full-Time program are eligible to take the 12-week BDM courses.
Only students enrolled in the Part-Time program are eligible to take the 6-week BDM courses.

BDM Program
Full-Time Part-Time
Time to completion of program 2 years 4 years*
Number of courses per year 10 5
Duration of each course 12 weeks 6 weeks
Number of courses taken at one time 3 or 4, depending on trimester 1
Time commitment per week per course 8 hours 16 hours

 

*  The Special Federal Initial Scholarship Program can only be applied to the first 2 years of the 4-year Part-Time program. Applicants will be responsible for covering the full tuition and all other expenses of the final 2 years of the Part-Time program.

All expressions of interest and applications must be addressed to the Office of the Registrar at PCU-WHS (see contact information below).

Once you have determined your interest, you may submit a Special Federal Initiative Scholarship application package which includes:
• Completed Federal Initiative Scholarship Application Form
• An application fee of $100.00
• Reflective Essay – Details are outlined in the Special Federal Initiative Scholarship information booklet.
• Official transcripts issued from previous post-secondary education institutions
• Letters of Attestation (2) for previous work experience

The Special Federal Initiative Scholarship can only be applied to the first 2 years of the 4-year part-time program. Applicants will be responsible for covering the full tuition and all other expenses of the final 2 years of the part-time program.

Applications packages must be addressed to the Office of the Registrar at PCU-WHS, and can be sent by Canada Post or courier to:

Special Federal Initiative
Office of the Registrar
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences
4755 Cherry Creek Road
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 0A7

Application packages must be received in their entirety no later than June 15, 2022.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-qualified basis.

Successful applicants will be notified by July 15, 2022.

Successful applicants must notify PCU-WHS that they have accepted the Scholarship by July 20, 2022. If the Scholarship is declined, it will be awarded to an individual on the waiting list, who will be notified of their success by July 30, 2022.

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The Special Federal initiative Scholarship is designed to:

  • Significantly increase availability of Disability Management Professionals for Canadian employers.
  • Support a key public relations strategy to build enhanced recognition of the importance of effective Return to Work programs and the priority of maintaining employment for disabled workers.
  • Reduce the unacceptable poverty rate of persons with disabilities.
  • Improve socio-economic outcomes for disabled workers, employers, and society at large through greater professionalization of those working in the Return to Work / Disability Management field.
  •  Graduates of the BDM Program are recognized under the eligibility qualifications to write the professional certification examinations for the designations of:
    • Certified Disability Management Professional – CDMP
    • Certified Return to Work Coordinator – CRTWC

Once they have met all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Successful completion of the Bachelor of Disability Management (BDM) degree
  • Completed a minimum of 1 year performing the roles and responsibilities (during the last 5 years) with at least 50% or more of the time in the delivery of DM services, supervised by a qualified DM supervisor or management representative responsible for DM.
  • The BDM is accepted by the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University as a qualifying program for consideration of acceptance to its:
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Science in Management
    • Master of Health Administration
  • In a survey by the Canadian HR Reporter, it was found that 90 percent of business leaders say the value of professional designations is increasing.
  • Approximately 80 percent of disabling conditions occur during an individual’s working life.
  • Disability benefit recipients have less than a one percent chance of exiting the social security benefit system and in to employment.
  • This results in dependency and poverty for individuals with disabilities, unsustainable social protection costs, and increasing numbers of disability benefit recipients.
  • About 25 percent of all Canadians living in poverty today ─ an estimated 1.2 million individuals ─ are people with disabilities.
  • Effective Disability Management programs can make a crucial contribution to reducing poverty in Canada by promoting workplace health, preventing disabilities, and avoiding loss of employment due to a disabling condition.

Disability Management interventions are designed to:

  • Reduce the likelihood that workers will acquire an impairment that could place their jobs at risk.
  • Engage with workers with disabilities, before they have lost their attachment to their employer, to enhance the likelihood they will retain and return to their jobs.
  • Reduce the number of workers exiting the active labour market and entering into the disability benefits system.

Early intervention is at the core of an effective Disability Management approach.

A key success factor in effective Disability Management programs is a consensus-based process based on collaboration between management and worker representatives, often enshrined in a collective agreement, and overseen by a joint management-labour committee.

Disability Management Professionals work internally within their own organizations or externally as providers to:

  • Develop positive workplace health and job retention policies.
  • Promote a positive and proactive workplace health and return to work organizational culture.
  • Promote and protect the health and productivity of the workforce.
  • Support workers with health conditions to remain at work.
  • Assist workers absent on health grounds to safely return to the workplace.

Disability Management Professionals work collaboratively with management, unions or employee organizations, insurance providers, government agencies, health care providers and others.

Disability Management Professionals work as human resource professionals, workplace health specialists, case managers, return to work coordinators or in a variety of related areas.

Prospective places of employment for Disability Management Professionals include:

  • Industrial work sites
  • Corporate offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Service providers
  • Human resources departments
  • Workers’ compensation organizations

There is an opportunity for experienced professionals to establish their own businesses offering disability management contract services to local employers.