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
Work integrated learning
4 Clinical Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

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 and physiotherapists, 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.

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

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

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.


Program-specific 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 1017 - Human Movement Fundamentals
    (Semester 1 / 56 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)
  • OCPT 1018 - Lifespan Development
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • OCPT 1016 - Introduction to Professional Practice
    (Semester 2 / 178 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 2007 - Intermediate Clinical Practice
    (Semester 3 / 157 hours)
  • OCPT 2012 - Clinical Consolidation 1
    (Semester 4 / 150 hours)
  • OCPT 2013 - Clinical Consolidation 2
    (Semester 4 / 180 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 2 courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)