The Access Programs
Discover the path between you and your dreams
Launch the journey toward your dreams. When you’re accepted to 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)
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.
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.
How Do I Apply?
Complete the online application form to apply to the Access Program. Applications are due on May 1.
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.
- An extensive pre-university orientation held in August
- Individual academic advising
- Introduction to University course for degree credit
- Academic Advisors consult regularly with the Access students
- 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
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.
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
The Centre is open to all Aboriginal students (First Nations, non-status, Inuit and Metis) who require academic, personal or cultural assistance.
Bursaries & Scholarships
- Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool
- Scholarships Canada
- Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation
- Louis Riel Institute
- Manitoba Hydro Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships
- University of Manitoba Bursaries
- Building Foundations Bursary
- Manitoba Métis Federation Inc. Métis Employment & Training
- MTS Pursue Your Calling Scholarships
- Canadian Nurses Foundation – Scholarships