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PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSISTANT

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:AM/PM/Evening
DURATION:33 - 43 Weeks
INTERNSHIP:Available
CAMPUSES:SpecificINQUIRE
NOC CODE:3414
PROGRAM OUTLINE

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

INCLUDED COURSES

Computer Fundamentals

This course is designed to provide students with a basic overview of computer usage, along with an introduction to Microsoft Office applications. The course will involve a comprehensive skills assessment process that will be used to determine the need for future training.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level 1

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume, cover letter, thank you note and references. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation – Level 2.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level 2

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Level I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today’s technology. Students will create a personal list of “Top Employers” and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Level I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

CPR and First Aid

Upon successful completion of this course, students will achieve the St. John's Ambulance Standard Level First Aid and Level C CPR.

Data Collection for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistants

This course introduces students to data collection in physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Students will learn to safely and effectively apply a range of tests and outcome measures and will learn to accurately interpret, record and report results.

Developmental Psychology and Functional Development across the Lifespan

This subject introduces students to human development from birth to old age, including cognitive, social, emotional and motor development. The purpose of this course is to help students become familiar with the “normal” changes that occur across the lifespan, so they will be able to distinguish between normal developmental changes and those that are pathological in nature. In addition, this course will help students develop a more holistic view of the clients they will be working with, as well as gain insight into the developmental changes in their own lives.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

This course introduces the student to the field of occupational therapy, with a focus on the role of the OT and OTA within clinical practice. Client-centred principles are explained and the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement is applied to daily activities. The code of ethics and standards that guide occupational therapy practice in Ontario are also examined. An overview of assessment and intervention as it applies to occupational therapy for cognitive and physical dysfunction is presented.

Introduction to Rehabilitation and Interpersonal Skills

This course introduces the student to the field of physiotherapy within the Canadian and Ontario healthcare systems. The course examines the role of the PT and the PTA within the healthcare team, discusses ethical and legal issues in physiotherapy, and examines the principles of cultural competence. The course also introduces students to effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication strategies. Several topics discussed in this course apply to OTA practice such as ethics, communication skills, cultural competence and professionalism.

Mental Health Illness and Disability

This course provides an overview of physiotherapy practice in mental health. Students will become familiar with major mental health disorders and the role of physiotherapy in the management of these illnesses. Through role play activities, students will practice strategies to interact effectively and sensitively with clients with mental health concerns, including responding appropriately to mental health emergencies. In addition, through group presentations, students will discuss the appropriate use of relaxation exercises in physiotherapy and practice administering these techniques.

Basic Patient Care, Functional Movement and Rehabilitation

This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist or occupational therapist. The course begins with a review of the role of the PTA/OTA, an overview of basic medical terminology, and an introduction to reflective practice. This is followed by training in infection control, goniometry, and manual muscle testing. The rest of the course focuses on fundamental client care techniques including: posture and body mechanics, positioning and draping, basic bed mobility skills and transfer techniques, safe and effective use of gait aids, and therapeutic exercise.

PTA Administration and Program Support

The main purposes of this course are to prepare students to a) manage administrative activities that support effective service delivery, b) support the supervising therapist in applying an evidence-informed approach in their services, and c) engage in self-directed life long learning through the development of a specific learning plan. Students will practice administrative tasks such as scheduling and billing clients, documenting workload statistics, facilitating the use of equipment, supplies and inventory records, and searching for evidence regarding a clinical question. They will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning needs and develop a specific learning plan. In addition, in the context of effective client reception and scheduling, students will practice using a variety of strategies to prevent and resolve conflict.

Human Anatomy, Physiology, Diseases/Disorders

This course is designed to introduce the student to the structures and functions of the human body, with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as they pertain to human movement, functional kinesiology, and rehabilitation. Disorders of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems encountered in physiotherapy and occupational therapy are discussed. The course also provides an overview of the other systems of the body. Correct anatomical, medical and scientific terminology are taught throughout the course.

Student Success Strategies

This course stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note- and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 3 - Cardiac, Neurological, Respiratory and Specialty Areas

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist to improve the mobility, health and well-being of clients with neurological, cardiac or respiratory conditions. The course emphasizes work with adults, but also addresses common pediatric conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and cystic fibrosis. In addition, the course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to work in specialty areas such as burns and vestibular rehabilitation.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 2 - Modalities & Physical Agents

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently apply modalities and physical agents. Students learn to ensure client safety by screening for contraindications and precautions and by participating in the maintenance and care of equipment. In addition, through daily lab work and a case study assignment, students integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework, such as those related to communication skills and interprofessional collaboration.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 1 - Musculoskeletal

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist to treat common musculoskeletal disorders. Students build on previous coursework to develop a deeper understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies and the use of therapeutic exercise and other interventions to support clients’ function and mobility. In addition, through daily lab work and a challenging case study assignment, students integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework such as those related to communication skills, teamwork, client-centered care and evidence-informed practice.

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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 centers, 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.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED triOS GRADS

  • 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 (Mature students from Ontario must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date and successfully pass an academic achievement test.  Mature students from other Canadian provinces must be at least 19 years of age and a minimum of 1 year out of high school by the program start date and successfully pass an academic achievement test.  See Mature Student policy for more details.); 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.

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