Brennan  MacDonald

MSc(OT – Post-Professional) Student

Brennan Headshot 1 (2)


“It was re-invigorating professionally, giving your brain an electric boost of energy!”  

Looking for a change

When I signed up for Dalhousie's MSc(OT – Post-Professional) program I was ready for change and realized this degree was an excellent path toward building on and refreshing my career. I have been an occupational therapist for 12 years and found the career to be diverse and rewarding. As time has progressed, I realized that I have the desire and skills to be a leader in healthcare.

The MSc(OT – Post-Professional) program offers a flexible and affordable educational experience with highly regarded clinicians, academics and researchers in occupational therapy, occupational science and related fields.

Dalhousie is the perfect fit

My wife was actually the one who first told me about the Post-Professional Program at Dalhousie. I knew the School of Occupational Therapy had a great reputation so I was intrigued by the opportunity to take an online program at Dal while I lived at home in Comox, British Columbia.  I had been searching for different programs to make the next advancement in my professional career and I liked the Post-Professional program because of the content focus and it was cost friendly. I was skeptical about the online portion of the program but was pleasantly surprised by how personal and engaging it was.  I think it made me work to a higher standard, be more accountable than a classroom setting.  But what I took away from the program was more than I could have ever expected. The program gives you a backing to be a leader and as a result, others will perceive you as a leader.

Advancements in my career

When I started the Post-Professional program I was working in an outpatient publicly funded program as well as a private practice. As I progressed in the program I started actively searching for opportunities in a leadership type role and applied for jobs all around the world, Alberta, New Zealand… I didn’t close any doors.

I eventually took a job with Island Health as a Professional Practice Consultant and have applied content from each course in the Post Professional program in my work. It has been a perfect fit for developing what I have learned.  As a result of my success at Island Health, my contract has been extended and I notice that my coworkers are looking to me for formal and informal opportunities in a different way.  I am now perceived as a leader in the workplace and my peers will approach me for things that they never would have, had I not completed the Post Professional-Program.

Expanding my practice

I am learning how to enable occupations at levels beyond the individual, such as public and not-for-profit health programs and institutions. I am learning skills that will open doors to a more effective private practice. These are the reasons I know that this program was best choice for me.

Making time

When I am not studying or working as a Professional Practice Consultant for Island Health, my time is quickly booked! I coach and volunteer with the local soccer club, fish, paddle, bike ride, parent, spend time with my wife, camp and finally relax in the (late) evenings.
Most of the course work for the program didn’t feel like work, which made it much easier to fit into life. The bulk of the work was done in the quiet of the late night or early morning with a few hours on a Friday or the weekend when necessary. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the course work found a niche in my life! The orientation for the program engaged my sense of belonging to the university and my classmates, who were instrumental in my achievements in the program.

Five years from now

In five years from now I hope to see myself working in a management position, like I said before, I am searching for leadership roles. This may be at Island Health or somewhere else. I really want to help with communications and expand my volunteer work in some capacity, using my skill sets to contribute to my role in volunteering.