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Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist Assistant

PTA/OTA program provide students various treatments skills to help individual physical functioning, such as gait training, balance exercises, transfer training, range of motion, strengthening, application of modalities. (i.e. heat, ice, ultrasound, TENS).

Program Length

48 weeks (1105 hours) instructor-led
full-time training With Co-op

Practicum Duration

320 hours in physiotherapy clinics and rehabilitation centers

Financial Aid

Free financial consultation available.
Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.
Program Description

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant diploma program primarily will focus on the growth and development of the human body and the different physiotherapy methods & techniques to support clients’ independence, activities, and help in proper physical functioning. In this program, students will get the opportunity to get a good idea on the theory behind the practice of occupational therapy and physiotherapy, and side by side be able to apply the acquired knowledge through clinical experiences and practicum sessions during placements.

Admission Requirements

Applicant must have Grade 12 level or a university degree or a Science college diploma and demonstrated competency in English

Clinical Practice

After students finish in-class training, students will have an opportunity to have a minimum of 8 weeks of full-time placement in clinics, rehabilitation centers or long-term care facilities.

Career Opportunities

This program provides career opportunities for those who are interested in providing the best possible rehabilitation effects for people suffering from: physical injuries from motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, mental health conditions, transplants, cystic fibrosis, and health or wellness promotion, illness from ageing, developmental disability, or emotional disability. Individuals in these cases need help and support to go back to their daily lives and resume regular work-life balance.

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant can help such needy persons to go back to their daily lives and resume regular work-life balance. If you enjoy challenges and are a creative problem solver, you have good physical, mental and social health and take pleasure in meeting people while wishing to work with those who are physically, developmentally, and/or emotionally challenged, a career as an occupational therapist assistant (OTA) and physiotherapist assistant (PTA) is for you.

As an OTA/PTA, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments such as:

  • Acute care and Community Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Seniors’ residences
  • Children’s treatment centers
  • Schools

Program Consultation: For further information, email or call the Program Coordinator at 416-821-4876 or 647-996-5876

What is the duration and structure of the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist Assistant Program?

The program is 48 weeks long, encompassing 1105 hours of instructor-led, full-time training, including a practical co-op. It includes a practicum duration of 320 hours in physiotherapy clinics and rehabilitation centers.

What skills and techniques are taught in the PTA/OTA program?

Students learn various treatment skills vital for physical functioning, including gait training, balance exercises, transfer training, range of motion exercises, strengthening, and application of modalities like heat, ice, ultrasound, and TENS.

What financial aid options are available for this program?

Prospective students can avail of a free financial consultation. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify, providing assistance in funding their education.

What are the admission requirements for the program?

Applicants must have a Grade 12 level education, a university degree, or a Science college diploma, along with demonstrated competency in English.

What career opportunities are available after completing the program?

Graduates can pursue careers in various settings like acute care and community hospitals, medical clinics, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, seniors’ residences, children’s treatment centers, and schools. This program prepares individuals to assist patients with diverse needs, from physical injuries to mental health conditions.


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