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This program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for 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 Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Students receive:

  • canfitpro™ Personal Training Specialist in-curriculum training
  • Learn from Occupational Therapists who work in the field
  • Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard and Windows are included in the program fees


Advanced Interpersonal and Communication Skills

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice the interpersonal and communication skills required to work effectively in a health care team. Through an experiential learning approach, students practice the following skills: leading teamwork, establishing team norms, setting team goals, resolving conflicts, building group cohesion, problem solving, and evaluating team performance. Engagement in and facilitation of effective verbal and nonverbal communication is explored.

Communication Disorders

This course provides students with an overview of major speech and language problems that can impair the rehabilitation client's ability to communicate effectively. Students learn strategies to improve interactions with clients with communication disorders, and are introduced to common assistive communication devices. The course also provides students with a basic understanding of swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Fitness and Wellness

This course uses the curriculum developed by canfitpro's (Canadian Fitness Professionals) Personal Training Specialist Course to provide students with the training necessary to evaluate, design and monitor individual and small group fitness programs for clients without specific health problems. Students apply their understanding of the musculoskeletal, pulmonary, cardiovascular and nervous systems to fitness, wellness and basic training principles. They learn how to screen and evaluate the fitness level of new personal training clients, how to incorporate a warm-up, cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and cool-down into a safe and effective workout, and how to provide basic counseling on nutrition and weight management. In addition, the course will help students apply their understanding of fitness and wellness to rehabilitation programs by describing principles of health promotion, disease prevention and a wellness approach to rehabilitation. By the end of this course, students will be eligible to take the canfitpro theory and practical exams and become certified as Personal Training Specialists with canfitpro.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Children

This course prepares students to enable engagement in meaningful activities of daily living with children and adolescents. Topics covered include typical and atypical development, developmental theories, diagnoses related to pediatrics, assessment tools, and interventions for children and adolescents regarding self-care, productivity and leisure. The concept of family-centred care is applied to the occupational therapy process. The role of the OTA in understanding and contributing to the occupational therapy plan, and in supporting the OT in service delivery is explored.

Group Intervention in Occupational Therapy

This course prepares students to assist in the design and delivery of group treatment programs in occupational therapy. Through interactive labs, students apply the principles of group intervention directly to their own experience, learn how to lead an occupational therapy group, and realize the potential benefits and challenges of group intervention. The stages of group development as well as various frames of reference related to group intervention are examined. Students also have the opportunity to write a group protocol for a client population of their choosing.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques in Mental Health

In this course, students build on previous coursework by focusing on therapeutic use of self, activity and environment, as it applies to working with clients with psychiatric disorders. Topics covered include diagnoses and medication related to mental illness, and interventions with clients regarding performance of daily activities, education, work, leisure, and social participation. Students develop the skills needed to perform activity analysis, and to describe and respond to mental health symptoms.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Older Adults

This course prepares students to enable engagement in occupation with older adults. Topics covered include health promotion, age related disease processes, cultural diversity, splinting, seating systems, wheelchair mobility, and working with caregivers. Students develop skills to address physical and cognitive challenges that impact daily function in older adults. The role of the OTA in safely and efficiently implementing assigned service components within the occupational therapy process is examined. Students also apply evidence-informed research to occupational therapy intervention.


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Occupational Therapy Assistants administer rehabilitation treatments to patients under direction of an Occupational Therapist. Work settings include hospitals, private rehabilitation clinics, rehabilitation centers, 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.


  • PhysioMed
  • MedRehab Group Inc.
  • Back to Normal Wellness Centre
  • Physical Therapy Institute
  • Great Lakes Physiotherapy
  • Total Care Management
  • And many more..


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



Physiotherapy Assistant diploma from triOS College or approved PCC/College of Applied Arts and Technology, along with an updated resume. If applicant does not have a High School Graduation Diploma an academic achievement assessment as well as a program specific entrance assessment must be successfully passed; demonstrated fluency in English (oral and written) is also required.


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These are all common examples of people that occupational therapists assist in the course of their duties. The common goal is to find ways for clients to function as normally as their current condition allows. This often involves examining the environmental, community, and psycho-social factors in their lives ...continue reading!

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