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 2018 Barrie
Winter 2019 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

The Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant program at Georgian College 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, 2018 for the period until April 30, 2024.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Rd. W., London, ON N6J 1Y5, 226.636.0632.

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