Health, Wellness and Sciences

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant
Become a dual trained clinician. Placements in a variety of settings will prepare you for a rewarding career in health care.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Barrie
Winter 2018 Barrie

Program description

This program provides graduates 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. OTAs and PTAs work under the supervision of and in collaboration with occupational therapists and physiotherapists, respectively and assist these therapists to teach and enable clients to effectively cope with their limitations in movement, daily functioning, and activities whether temporary or permanent, during and following recovery. This program is a combination of practical and theoretical learning achieved through classroom, laboratory and field placements. To meet the needs of clients in agency and community settings, learning will take place with an inter-professional approach.

Accreditation information

Georgian College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program has candidacy status and can now take the next step toward accreditation by the OTA and PTA Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. Having candidacy status does not mean that Georgian will be accredited once the process is finished, but the first step is complete.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Admission information

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

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English C or U (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus Grade 11 C or U, or 12 U Biology (SBI3U/C, SBI4U) or Grade 12 U Exercise Science (PSE4U)/Grade 12 U Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U), or equivalent.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course and most credit biology courses taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*
  • Equivalent courses in English and biology taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and biology
  • Mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology.
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most biology credit courses from accredited colleges/universities
  • If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended minimum grade in required courses is 75%.


View the Occ Thr Asst and Phys Thr Asst articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

HUMD2000 Cognitive and Perceptual Impairment
PSYL2002 Mental Health Challenges
OCPT1008 Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
OCPT1004 Introductory Rehabilitation Concepts
OCPT1009 Human Movement Fundamentals
OCPT1006 Treatment Techniques
OCPT1007 Treatment Fundamentals
OCPT1005 Essentials of Client-centered Practice
OCPT1010 Health Conditions 1
OCPT1012 Physiotherapy Treatment Principles
OCPT1013 Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
OCPT1014 Occupational Therapy Treatment Principles
OCPT1015 Occupational Therapy Treatment Techniques
OCPT2006 Health Conditions 2
OCPT2008 Advanced Physiotherapy Principles
OCPT2009 Advanced Physiotherapy Techniques
OCPT2010 Advanced Occupational Therapy (OT) Principles
OCPT2011 Advanced Occupational Therapy (OT) Techniques
OCPT2014 Lifespan Development

Clinical Placements

OCPT2007 Intermediate Clinical Practice
OCPT2012 Clinical Consolidation 1
OCPT2013 Clinical Consolidation 2
OCPT1016 Introduction to Professional Practice

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

use +/- to expand menu options