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Physiotherapy Assistant

Diploma Program Length: 43 Weeks
33 weeks Classroom, 10 weeks Fieldwork Placement

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills, and professionalism required to assist physiotherapists in the safe, effective and ethical delivery of evidence informed physiotherapy services. Through classroom, lab and clinical experience, students acquire a theoretical and technical foundation in areas such as anatomy and kinesiology, human development, pathology, therapeutic exercise, functional mobility, and physical agents and modalities. The program also emphasizes the communication, interpersonal, and reflective practice skills required to become lifelong learners and effective members of the healthcare team.

Students receive:
  • 350-hour fieldwork placement
  • Anatomy workshop at the University of Guelph
  • CPR/First Aid Training   
  • Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard and Windows are included in the program fees

 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Physiotherapy Assistants administer rehabilitation treatments to patients under direction of and as assistants to a Physiotherapist. Graduates may work in entry-level Physiotherapy Assistant positions in work settings such as hospitals, private rehabilitation clinics, rehabilitation centres, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, sports medicine clinics, community health care agencies and other healthcare settings. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

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

Average Wage ($/hr) - $18.00
High Wage ($/hr)       - $29.00

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) is also required. All students enrolled in the Physiotherapy 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 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

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