Healthcare

Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant

Accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)*

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Type

Diploma

Duration

63 Weeks

Internship

14 Weeks

Program Outline

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About The Program

Students enrolled in the Physiotherapy Assistant/Occupational Therapy Assistant program will receive imperative CPR/First Aid training as well as participate in an anatomy lab workshop.

Career Opportunities

Physiotherapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants work in environments such as: hospitals, private rehabilitation centres, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, sports medicine clinics, and community health care agencies.

Graduates of this program can become certified Personal Training Specialists and pursue a career as a Personal Trainer.

Note that some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

Employers Who Have Hired triOS Grads

  • Physiomed
  • Medrehab Group Inc.
  • Back to Normal Wellness Centre
  • Parkwood Hospital
  • Physical Therapy Institute
  • Great Lakes Physiotherapy
  • Total Care Management

 

 

Salary

95 %

Employment Rate*

$ 19

Average Wage/HR**

$ 33

High Wage/HR**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 3237, 3414 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated on Dec. 15, 2019.

Program Details

Are you looking for a career in the booming healthcare industry? If you’re interested in being a healthcare professional and are keen on working under the supervision of a Physiotherapist to provide care to clients with a broad range of health conditions, then the Physiotherapy Assistant/Occupational Therapy Assistant program is the right fit for you. 

Along with providing an in-depth look into the theories and principles of the practice, the Physiotherapy Assistant/Occupational Therapy Assistant program equips students with therapeutic techniques for older adults, as well as the ability to improve the mobility of clients with neurological, cardiac, and respiratory conditions; students will also learn how to treat common musculoskeletal disorders. The program allows you to build effective cognitive skills for assessing patients with communication disorders and mental health illnesses and disabilities.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • 500-hour fieldwork placement.
  • Membership with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
  • Software subscriptions for Microsoft Office and Windows included in the tuition fee.

*The Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at triOS College – Toronto Campus has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on November 30, 2017 for the period until November 30, 2023.

*The Physiotherapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant program at triOS College, Brampton has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on April 30, 2017 for the period until April 30, 2023.

*The Physiotherapy Assistant / Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at triOS College – London Campus has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was awarded to the program on April 30, 2017 for the period until April 30, 2023.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, www.otapta.ca.

Course Listings
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Personal Fitness
This course will prepare students to develop personal fitness programs for low risk clients. Students will learn how to determine exercise risk and gather information on current fitness level. They will use this information to incorporate cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and stretching into a safe and effective exercise program. IT Notes
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. 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.
Admission Requirements
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-High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Outline at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant).
– Demonstrated fluency in English (oral and written).
-Produce a negative (clear) police check and obtain a Medical Certificate to prove that you are free of communicable diseases.
-Provide an up-to-date immunization status (Hepatitis B immunization is strongly recommended).
– A clear CPIC Vulnerable Sector Check is required prior to the start of 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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triOS College PTA/OTA Program Mission

Improve Ontario’s ability to meet its health human resources needs by preparing students for entry-level positions as physiotherapist and occupational therapist assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and professionalism required to assist physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the safe, effective and efficient delivery of evidence-informed rehabilitation services.

triOS College PTA/OTA Program Vision

Improving the health and wellness of Ontarians through excellent PTA and OTA education.

triOS College PTA/OTA Program Philosophy

The triOS College PTA/OTA Program believes in creating a stimulating, respectful, participatory learning environment that allows each student to use his or her unique skills and attributes to develop into a competent, caring and responsible healthcare professional. triOS College faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an educational experience that promotes the core values of collaboration and responsibility, emphasizes professional skills and attitudes, addresses unique learning challenges, and equips students with the skills needed to become lifelong learners.

Success Stories

I had a wonderful experience at triOS College that will help me to have a bright future professionally!

Clara M.

Graduated 2015