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Aboriginal Applicants: How to Apply

Candidates who choose to self-identify as Aboriginal, First Nations, Mètis or Inuit, can participate in the Midwifery Education Program’s (MEP) Aboriginal Admissions Process (AAP). Participation is voluntary and is intended to maximize opportunities for Aboriginal applicants to be accepted into the MEP.

Aboriginal Admissions Process

Why is there an Aboriginal Admissions Process?

The Aboriginal Admissions Process is designed to counter some of the systemic disadvantages that may make it harder for Aboriginal applicants to access the MEP. We recognize the value that Aboriginal students bring, as well as the benefit they offer to both the general and the Aboriginal midwifery communities in Ontario and across Canada.

The AAP reflects Ryerson’s Aboriginal Strategic Plan, the Ryerson Aboriginal Students Services and broader policies in the university that are focused on the recruitment, retention and success of Aboriginal students across the institution.

Before you apply

It’s important to be aware of the following:

  • The Midwifery Education Program (MEP) is very competitive and has a limited enrolment. Successful applicants usually have completed one or more years of university or have equivalent experience before applying.
  • Grades are only one of the components reviewed for entry into this rigorous and rewarding program.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person/Convention Refugee living in Canada or in the process of getting your residency status. This program is not available to international students.
  • February 1st is the deadline to submit all required application documents.
  • There are approximately 30 applicants accepted into the MEP program at each site every year.
  • Ryerson midwifery clinical placements and interprofessional placements are primarily within the GTA.
Requirements & How to apply

Aboriginal candidates – like all applicants – must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into the program.

For detailed academic requirements and instructions on how to apply, please choose the applicant type that best describes who you are:
 


You can self-identify as an Aboriginal applicant when you complete the required Midwifery Supplementary Form.

Submitting supporting documents

Fall 2020 Supporting Documents:

MEP Supplementary Form with Self ID Survery

After you apply
  • You will be sent an email from Ryerson acknowledging the receipt of your completed application.
  • Ryerson will send you a temporary login so you can create a Choose>Ryerson account at choose.ryerson.ca.
  • Ryerson uses the Choose>Ryerson portal as the primary method to communicate with applicants.
     

Application Status

  • You can track your application through the portal under 'My Application Status' and documents from Ryerson can be found in the 'My Documents' section.
  • It is your responsibility to track the status of your application for admission through the Choose>Ryerson portal.
     

APP Assessment

Personal Letters from Aboriginal students participating in the AAP are read and scored by an Aboriginal midwife and an Aboriginal midwifery consumer. All Aboriginal candidates whose Personal Letters meet the minimum standard proceed to the next stage of an in-person interview.

The APP Interview Process

  • Aboriginal students chosen for an interview through the APP process will be invited to participate in a 45-minute interview conducted by an Aboriginal team that whenever possible will consist of an:

    • Aboriginal midwife
    • Aboriginal midwifery consumer
    • Aboriginal faculty member from the MEP.
  • Aboriginal candidates are also requested to complete the standard MEP admissions interviews (a series of short Interviews) with the intent of maximizing opportunities for Aboriginal students to be accepted into the MEP.  
  • Applicants can contact the Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) to find out what kind of services and supports are available as an Aboriginal candidate to the MEP, and as a Ryerson student.
  • Aboriginal applicants who do not receive an offer of admission to the MEP are invited by RASS to meet with an Academic Support Advisor to see if they are interested in applying for another Ryerson program, or at another post-secondary institution. RASS supports applicants to try and ensure future success.

Personal Interviews

  • Interviews are conducted in-person only at Ryerson. No other arrangements can be accommodated.
  • The format is organized as a series of short interviews held on one day, through which applicants are assessed.
  • Applicants are evaluated on a number of areas during the interview stage including:
    • Motivation to become a midwife
    • Qualities important in a midwife (empathy, responsibility, flexibility, open-mindedness, etc.)
    • Awareness of the reality and demands of being a midwifery student and a midwife in Ontario.
    • Key skillsets – strong communications skills, critical thinking, problem solving.

Approved Students 

  • After the interview stage is completed, offers of admissions will be made to approximately 30 successful candidates in early May. Candidates are notified through their Choose>Ryerson account, in addition to a hard copy acceptance sent by surface mail.
  • A select number of applicants who were not granted admission may be placed on a waiting list.
  • All waiting lists are automatically dissolved at the beginning of the school year (end of the first week of classes). So, if you have not heard from us by then, and are still interested in the MEP at Ryerson, please reapply for admission for the following year.
  • Aboriginal applicants who do not receive an offer of admission to the MEP are invited by RASS to meet with an Academic Support Advisor to see if they are interested in applying for another Ryerson program, or at another post-secondary institution. RASS supports applicants to try and ensure future success.