Physiotherapy Assistant

Pursue your passion for healthcare to help the members of your community. This 43-week diploma program will teach you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in this rewarding industry.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 8 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 8 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    43 Weeks


    10 Weeks

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    Obtain foundational knowledge on rehabilitation and physiotherapy fundamentals and techniques. Take advantage of the 10-week internship, where you will earn real-world, hands-on experience. With our small class sizes, you can receive the proper attention and guidance you deserve from our dedicated instructors. You will also get CPR and First Aid training from this comprehensive program.

    Career Opportunities

    Physiotherapy Assistants administer rehabilitation treatments to patients under the 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. 

    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 Medical Centre 
    • Physical Therapy Institute
    • Great Lakes Physiotherapy





    100 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 23

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 33

    High Wage/Hr**

    *Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.


    NOC Code: 3414/32109, 3237/32109 - **Wage data based on NOC Code 3237 and rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.

    Program Details

    Are you interested in anatomy and how the human body works? Do you want to be part of a rewarding field that helps patients excel in their day-to-day lives? If so, then the Physiotherapy Assistant program is just what you need to launch your new career!

    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 enrolled in the program receive:

    • Free subscriptions to Microsoft Office and Windows.
    Course Listings
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    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. 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. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. This course will cover the following elements: using devices and handling information, creating and editing information, communicating and collaborating, and being safe and responsible online.
    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. 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. PTA/OTA 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)
    – Passing score on the entrance assessment
    – Student must provide a clear Criminal Record Check.
    – Student must provide a clear Medical Certificate.

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