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
OPTA
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
4 Clinical Placements
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 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.

Career opportunities

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

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

Students must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety. It may be obtained at a reduced cost through the student insurance plan.

Students are required to have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid during the first semester of the program (on-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student''s responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification every two years while in the program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the appropriate contact during the first semester for the following semester when field placements take place. A printable permit with all requirements will be provided.

A record of mask fit test (will be done at the college in semester two), renewed every two years, is required prior to the start of placements.

Please note that due to the nature of this profession, OTAs and PTAs are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. It is recommended that you have a moderate level of fitness when entering the program.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • OCPT 1004 - Introductory Rehabilitation Concepts (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1005 - Essentials of Client-centered Practice (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1006 - Treatment Techniques (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1007 - Treatment Fundamentals (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1008 - Clinical Anatomy and Physiology (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OCPT 1009 - Human Movement Fundamentals (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • OCPT 1010 - Health Conditions 1 (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • OCPT 1012 - Physiotherapy Treatment Principles (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1013 - Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1014 - Occupational Therapy Treatment Principles (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 1015 - Occupational Therapy Treatment Techniques (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • HUMD 2000 - Cognitive and Perceptual Impairment (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 2006 - Health Conditions 2 (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • OCPT 2008 - Advanced Physiotherapy Principles (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 2009 - Advanced Physiotherapy Techniques (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 2010 - Advanced Occupational Therapy (OT) Principles (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • OCPT 2011 - Advanced Occupational Therapy (OT) Techniques (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • PSYL 2002 - Mental Health Challenges (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • OCPT 2014 - Lifespan Development (Semester 4 / 56 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 4)

  • OCPT 1016 - Introduction to Professional Practice (Semester 2)
  • OCPT 2007 - Intermediate Clinical Practice (Semester 3)
  • OCPT 2012 - Clinical Consolidation 1 (Semester 4)
  • OCPT 2013 - Clinical Consolidation 2 (Semester 4)