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Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Available as a two-year program

Occupational therapist and physiotherapist assistants (OT/PTAs) support individuals in achieving optimal mobility and daily functioning. Prepare for a rewarding career helping people of all ages and abilities improve their quality of life.

NOTE: This program is available to domestic students only.
  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

OT/PTAs find meaningful employment supporting their clients’ overall health and wellness in a variety of health care settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Therapy clinics
  • Family practices
  • Wellness centres
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centres

Is it for you?

OT/PTAs encourage clients to engage their physical potential, thereby improving their quality of life. You may thrive in this career if you are:

  • Passionate about helping others
  • Supportive and compassionate
  • Organized with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Inquisitive and eager to solve problems
  • Respectful and empathetic

Experiential learning

This hands-on program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to engage as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team under the supervision of an occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist:

  • Engage in interactive learning experiences in the College’s fitness facilities and with state-of-the-art simulation technology in Loyalist’s newly renovated interprofessional simulation centre.
  • Gain confidence and experience with the implementation and evaluation of safe and effective occupational and physical treatment modalities for individuals of all ages and with a variety of physical, social or cognitive exceptionalities.
  • Learn with registered and experienced occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
  • Develop your communication and applied skills in this particular scope of practice during more than 500 clinical placement hours in a variety of settings.

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