Access Programs

University of Manitoba Access Programs

The Access Programs offer unique holistic supportive programming, with the coordination of academic and personal counselling, limited financial support, course instruction, orientation program, tutoring and advocacy.

Our focus is on you the student and we are committed to your success in whatever career path you choose. We know that our support, combined with the determination of our students, make dreams come true.

Access Programs

  • University of Manitoba Access Program (UMAP)
  • Health Careers Access Program (HCAP), including Nursing
  • Professional Health Program (PHP)

University of Manitoba Access Program (UMAP)

If you have not had the opportunity for university studies at the degree level because of social, economic and cultural reasons, lack of formal education or residence in remote areas, the University of Manitoba Access Program, in cooperation with the Province of Manitoba, can facilitate this for you.

As a University of Manitoba Access Program student, you may pursue any program of study which leads to a degree or diploma at the University of Manitoba. As a student in this program, you are provided with academic and personal supports. Financial assistance may be available.

UMAP is located in Migizii Agamik (Bald Eagle Lodge) on the Fort Garry Campus. The program provides a support network designed to increase student success.

Who is the Program for?

  • Any resident of Manitoba may apply. Visiting students are not eligible
  • The priority groups are those individuals who have not had the opportunity for successful university experience due to social, economic, geographic and cultural barriers, or a lack of formal education
  • Preference will be given to Aboriginal people (Métis, Status, Non-Status, Inuit), residents of Northern Manitoba and low income earners

Admission Requirements

Students must qualify for regular University entrance or be mature students. Mature students are 21 years of age or older and are admissible to University 1. After successfully completing a minimum number of credit hours, students may transfer to the faculty of their choice.

Health Careers Access Program (HCAP)

If you are a Manitoban Aboriginal person, this program is designed to prepare you for entry to the health-related 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, as a student in this program, you are provided with academic and personal supports.

Who is the Program for?

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

Program Requirements

Students will take a general first year with a combination of a minimum of 21 credit hours and a maximum of 24 credit hours. After completion of this year, students will be streamed for the Faculty of choice. The intent of the common first year is to place significant focus on inter-professional education with the goal of creating more awareness of the diversity of challenges in various professional health fields and to allow for more informed career choices for HCAP students.

Applicants may be required to study Arts and Science courses full time for a maximum of four years. They then apply to a professional health faculty.

Professional Health Program (PHP)

This program is designed to support Aboriginal persons (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit) in any of the professional health fields. Housed within the new Aboriginal Centre for Health Education at the Bannatyne Campus this program provides academic and personal supports.

Who is the Program for?

The Program provides support to Health Careers Access Program and other Aboriginal students who have been accepted into one of the Professional Health programs:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Dental Hygiene

The program Offers study space in the Aboriginal Centre for Health Education at the Bannatyne Campus and provides a support network.

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, a staff taught credit course on study skills and exam preparation, 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. Financial assistance may be available.

Academic Support

  • An extensive pre-university orientation held in August
  • Individual academic advising
  • Introduction to University course for degree credit
  • Tutorials
  • Academic Advisors consult regularly with the Access students

Personal Support/Counselling

  • Individual and Family
  • Housing assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • University/urban adjustment assistance
  • Communication and personal development workshops
  • Career counselling
  • Counselling Support Staff are available for Access students

Financial Support
Limited financial support may be available.

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 the Manitoba Student Financial Assistance Program. Some of those students received a non-repayable Access bursary. Provincial funding for the current intake has not yet been approved.

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 two separate panels which recommend those 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.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are due on April 1. Complete and mail an Access Programs Application Form.

Access Programs
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

Indigenous Student Centre

The Centre is open to all Aboriginal students (First Nations, non-status, Inuit and Metis) who require academic, personal or cultural assistance.

Aboriginal Business Education Program (ABEP)

The success of self-government and the participation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy depends most importantly on their acquisition of business skills. The Aboriginal Business Education program (ABEP) is part of the I.H. Asper School of Business, Faculty of Management strategy to effectively support this growing community requirement.

Engineering Access Program (ENGAP)

This program provides Aboriginal persons (Status Indian, Non-Status Indian, Metis, or Inuit) with access to university studies in Engineering.

Inner City Social Work Program

The Faculty of Social Work offers students the BSW program through the Inner City ACCESS Program. The ACCESS program is designed to support students who have traditionally faced systemic barriers common to inner-city life experience such as poverty, racism, school failure and marginalization, all factors preventing accessibility to post-secondary education.

Aboriginal Nursing Cohort Initiative

The Nursing Cohort Initiative provides students with First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry with academic and personal supports to facilitate success.