Programs

Physiotherapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant

Diploma Program Length: 63 Weeks
49 weeks Classroom, 14 weeks Fieldwork Placement

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The purpose of the program is to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level Physiotherapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant positions in hospitals, private rehabilitation clinics, rehabilitation centres, and long-term care facilities, retirement homes and other settings that provide rehabilitation services. This program provides an overview of the theory, principles, and practices of the Physiotherapy Assistant and the Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Students receive:
  •  500-hour fieldwork placement
  •  Anatomy workshop at the University of Guelph
  •  canfitpro™ Personal Training Specialist certification 
  •  Membership with the Canadian Physiotherapist Association (CPA) 
  •  Free Microsoft Office Professional Plus, DreamSpark Standard and Office 8

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Physiotherapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants administer rehabilitation treatments to patients under direction of and as assistants to a Physiotherapist and/or an Occupational Therapist. Work settings include hospitals, private rehabilitation clinics, rehabilitation centres, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, sports medicine clinics, community health care agencies and other medical settings. Graduates of this program may also become certified as a Personal Training Specialist and pursue a career as a Personal Trainer providing one on one coaching or working in a fitness facility.
Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE
  • PhysioMed
  • MedRehab Group Inc.
  • Back to Normal Wellness Centre
  • Parkwood Hospital
  • Physical Therapy Institute
  • Great Lakes Physiotherapy
  • Total Care Management
  • And many more..
SALARY INFORMATION

Average Wage ($/hr) - $16.95
High Wage ($/hr)       - $26.00

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement assessment passed). In addition, an entrance assessment must be successfully passed; demonstrated fluency in English (oral and written) and an Admissions Interview to determine suitability for a career as a Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant. All students enrolled in the Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant program must be in good general health, produce a ‘negative’ (clear) police check and obtain a Medical Certificate (free of communicable disease with up-to-date immunization status). Hepatitis B immunization is strongly recommended. Individuals considering a career as a Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant should enjoy working with people, be compassionate, patient and possess the ability to listen, as well as being physically able to assist in patient lifts and support.

FIELDWORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

A clear CPIC Vulnerable Sector Check is required prior to the start of the fieldwork placement. This will also be required to work in hospitals and government subsidized healthcare organizations such as long-term care facilities.

NOC CODE: 3414

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

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