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Become an OTA and PTA in complex health-care environments

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Ontario College Diploma program

Become a dual-trained clinician. Placements in a variety of settings will prepare you for a rewarding career in health care.

Program code OPTA
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Barrie
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a clinical placement component where you will gain practical work experience under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional.

What are the admission requirements for the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program?

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant 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:


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.

What career paths can I take as a rehab assistant?

Your Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma gives you many 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.


Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program

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.

What courses are included in the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant diploma program?

Course overview

19 Program Courses
4 Clinical Placements

2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program outline.

  • OCPT 1004 – Introductory Rehabilitation Concepts
  • OCPT 1005 – Essentials of Client-centered Practice
  • OCPT 1006 – Treatment Techniques
  • OCPT 1007 – Treatment Fundamentals
  • OCPT 1008 – Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • OCPT 1017 – Human Movement Fundamentals
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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