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Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Start dates
16,507.67 CAD
09 January 2023

16,507.67 CAD
04 September 2023
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Students are provided with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to function competently in the role of an Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA and PTA) in a complex health care environment. They are prepared to work under the supervision of and in collaboration with occupational therapists andphysiotherapists,and assist therapists to teach and enable clients to effectively cope with limitations in movement and daily functioning, whether temporary or permanent, during and following recovery. Students partake in a combination of practical and theoretical learning achieved through classroom, laboratory and field placements. Learning will take place with an inter-professional approach to meet the needs of clients in acute and community settings.

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology (C or U)OR Grade 12 exercise science (U), or equivalent

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home schoolapplicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicantswho have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondaryinstitution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered foradmission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Introductory Rehabilitation Concepts
  • Essentials of Client-centered Practice
  • Treatment Techniques
  • Treatment Fundamentals
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Movement Fundamentals

Semester 2

  • Health Conditions 1
  • Physiotherapy Treatment Principles
  • Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • Occupational Therapy Treatment Principles
  • Occupational Therapy Treatment Techniques
  • Lifespan Development

Semester 3

  • Cognitive and Perceptual Impairment
  • Health Conditions 2
  • Advanced Physiotherapy Principles
  • Advanced Physiotherapy Techniques
  • Advanced Occupational Therapy (OT) Principles
  • Advanced Occupational Therapy (OT) Techniques
  • Mental Health Challenges

Semester 4

  • Clinical Consolidation 1
  • Clinical Consolidation 2


Tuition fee: $16,507.67 CAD


Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team and others;
  2. participate in the effective functioning of interdisciplinary health care teams to optimize client physical and occupational functions;
  3. establish, develop, maintain, and conclude client-centred, therapeutic relationships;
  4. promote a safe environment that prevents or minimizes potential physical or mental harm to the client, therapist assistant and others;
  5. practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner within the role of a therapist assistant;
  6. document client records in a thorough, objective, accurate, and timely manner within the role of the therapist assistant;
  7. engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development activities to maintain and enhance competence;
  8. perform the roles and responsibilities of the therapist assistant effectively through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psychosocial sciences, health conditions, resource management, and clinical procedures;
  9. contribute to the occupational therapist's or physiotherapist's assessment of the client and the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans;
  10. maximize the clients occupational performance by accurately and safely implementing the interventions, and related tasks under the direction and supervision of the occupational therapist;
  11. maximize the clients physical function by accurately and safely implementing the interventions, and related tasks under the direction and supervision of the physiotherapist;
  12. identify and implement environmentally-related initiatives relevant to the OTA andPTA profession;
  13. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Career paths

An OTA and PTA is a valued member of the Health Care Team. Graduates enter adynamic and challenging career which offers opportunities in a variety of health andcommunity settings including acute care, complex continuing care, mental healthfacilities, community agencies, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centres,vocational rehabilitation programs, sports clinics, children's treatment centres, schoolsand private industry.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...

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Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario

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