• Overview - 2019/2020

    Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program. The program prepares students to work under the direction of occupational therapists and/or physiotherapists to support the therapeutic assessment, treatment and care of clients.

    Curriculum delivered through both web-facilitated classroom and laboratory instruction includes the role of the OTA/PTA in relation to clients' musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological functions and conditions.

    Students engage in three clinical placement opportunities throughout the program, including at least one placement each in an occupational therapy and a physiotherapy setting.

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
               - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
               - Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
    AND ONE OF the following courses:
               - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U) 
               - Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
    - Communications
    - Core Mathematics
    - Biology
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate AND:
    - Minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:
    - Minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
    - The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
               - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U) 
               - Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
    AND ONE OF the following courses:
                - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
                - Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Courses

    Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Asst.-2019/2020

    Level 1Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
    This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    NUTR-1016Essentials in Human Nutrition3
    This course provides an introduction to the science of nutrition with particular emphasis on the basic nutrients, their sources and contribution to the normal physiology of the body. Nutritional concepts related to healthful diets, metabolism, and weight management will also be covered.
    HLTH-1257Rehabilitation & the Healthcare System3
    The role of the rehabilitation professional is evolving to meet the changing needs of the population. The practitioner must understand this role and how it relates to other health professionals within the Canadian healthcare system. Students become familiar with the healthcare system in Canada and the responsibilities at each level of government through lectures. Focus is on the evolution, relevant legislation and current challenges in the system. Class discussion acquaints students with the history of rehabilitation and the principles guiding its practice.
    HLTH-1258Rehabilitation Concepts3
    Rehabilitation can occur at any age and takes on many different forms. Through in-class lectures, presentations and class work students examine the rehabilitation principles across the lifespan from infancy to end of life. The role of the OTA/PTA in supporting physical, cognitive and social development at each stage of life is central throughout.
    HLTH-1259Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy2
    As an assistant it is important to understand the professions of occupational therapy and physiotherapy, as well as the many aspects of rehabilitation. Through a series of learning activities, students learn the principles of rehabilitation therapy, diversity of roles within the field and the impact of relevant regulatory bodies and professional associations. As well, students explore the role of the OTA/PTA as a member of the healthcare team and the inter-professional relationships with other health professionals.
    ANAT-1036Anatomy & Physiology for Health Care3
    Students acquire knowledge of the structure and function within the human body. Students use a systematic approach to explore the following systems under normal conditions: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular. Basic sciences underlying physiological concepts are highlighted, while recurrent physiological themes, such as communication, time, and compartmentalization are used to explain many of the functions within the body.

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMM-3067Professional Communications3
    This course develops written and oral communication skills for students in both human services and health sciences fields. Students demonstrate the ability to write multiple examples of workplace materials. Focus is placed on research and academic writing, career development, professionalism in the students' field, and communication strategies to deal effectively with different demographics. By preparing promotional materials to market themselves in their specific field, researching and documenting current issues, and delivering short presentations to their peer group, students gain skills in effective workplace communication.
    ANAT-3013Musculoskeletal Therapeutic Skills-OTA3
    The rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions requires the healthcare professional to, not only treat the physical impairment, but to also examine its impact on occupational performance. Through a combination of lectures, labs and simulation activities students learn the principles of occupational therapy and how to execute the treatment plan for musculoskeletal disorders. Students also become familiar with various types of assistive devices to promote functional independence in cases where the condition requires a prolonged recovery.
    ANAT-1037Musculoskeletal System5
    Building on the knowledge of human anatomy gained in the areas of anatomy and physiology, students examine how the musculoskeletal system is used to move the body through different planes of movement. Through a series of lectures and labs, students examine in detail the functional movement of each joint. Particular attention is placed on the lower extremity as a whole and how it relates to the gait cycle.
    ANAT-1038Musculoskeletal Conditions4
    Students investigate the musculoskeletal conditions that are commonly seen in the rehabilitation setting. Through a series of in-class lectures and presentations, students systematically examine conditions in each area of the musculoskeletal system and how they can be evaluated. Emphasis is placed on the impact that these conditions present to the individual within the framework of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
    ANAT-1039Musculoskeletal Skills-PTA2.5
    There are many therapeutic interventions that can be applied to patients diagnosed with a musculoskeletal condition. Through practical labs and in-class lectures students gain an understanding of how to rehabilitate musculoskeletal conditions safely and effectively using ROM, strength and modality techniques. Students also become familiar with various mobility and ambulatory aids and the importance of proper body mechanics when performing lifts and transfers.
    FLDP-1032Clinical Placement 13.75
    The introductory fieldwork placement is the student's first exposure to a variety of rehabilitation therapy settings. Placement experiences allow for observation and the discovery of the role of the OTA/PTA. Working alongside healthcare professionals students refine skills in communication and workplace professionalism while continuing to build on knowledge of various rehabilitation conditions.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RESP-3023Cardio, Resp & Other Conditions-OTA/PTA2
    In the rehabilitation environment, patients present with multiple dysfunctions including cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. In the theory lectures, students build on the knowledge of the normal functioning of these vital systems and gain an understanding of disease processes. Interventions required to manage patients with these conditions are presented and integrated into the lab practicum where students practise these skills. Students also learn and apply therapeutic skills and activities to improve occupational performance and maximize functional independence.
    RESP-3024Cardio, Respiratory & Complex Conditions2
    Students investigate the cardio respiratory and complex conditions seen in the rehabilitation setting. Through a series of in-class lectures and presentations students explore a selection of disabling conditions based on broad diagnostic categories, encompassing cardiac, respiratory and endocrine systems specific to each age group across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the impact that these conditions present to the individual within the framework of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
    RESP-1027Cardio & Respiratory Systems3
    Through a series of lectures, students build and explore the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems with a brief overview of the endocrine and lymphatic systems. Focus is placed on the normal physiological function of these systems. Students use this foundation in developing an understanding of the various disorders that can arise and the potential impact on rehabilitation.
    HLTH-1260Concepts in Mental Health3
    According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 percent of all Canadians personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime regardless of their age, education, income level or culture. Students become familiar with the mental health system and the characteristics of common psychiatric disorders through in-class lectures. Students also gain an understanding of the supporting role of the OTA/PTA as part of the mental health team.
    HLTH-1261Professional Practice1
    In healthcare, practitioners deal with diversity in culture, values and beliefs that sometimes lead to ethical issues and conflicts. The principles of professional behaviour and appropriate interventions are explored as students examine self-awareness, conflict management, cultural diversity and maintenance of professional boundaries, including privacy and confidentiality. These concepts are integrated with the knowledge and skill necessary for accurate and nonjudgmental documenting of client information. Clinical simulations allow students to integrate knowledge and skills and reflect on the experiences.
    FLDP-3035Clinical Placement 211.25
    Practising the skills and knowledge in a rehabilitation setting is essential in the learning process. During placement students apply learned theory and knowledge while further developing skills related to musculoskeletal and cardiovascular rehabilitation. Students become familiar with the clinical facility as they demonstrate professionalism and interpersonal skills.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-1262Neurological Structures3
    In order to treat patients with neurological disorders it is important to understand the basic structure and function of the nervous system. Through a series of in-class lectures, students learn the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems and how they relate to different disorders in the human body.
    HLTH-1263Neurological Conditions3
    Students investigate the common neurological conditions seen in the rehabilitation setting. Through a series of in-class lectures and presentations students investigate a selection of disabling conditions based on broad diagnostic categories and encompassing neurological conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the impact that these conditions present to the individual within the framework of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
    HLTH-1264Neurological Skills-OTA2
    In neurological conditions, occupational performance can be achieved through a variety of therapeutic strategies. Students learn these strategies and their appropriate selection and application through hands-on lab work and case presentations.
    HLTH-1265Neurological Skills-PTA2
    A neurological disorder can leave patients with both motor and sensory impairments. Through classroom lectures and practical labs students learn the theories of therapeutic interventions and applications with the goal of promoting functional independence in patients with neurological conditions.
    COMM-1132Communication & Function2
    Patients presenting with neurological or sensory impairments often have communication difficulties. It is important that an OTA/PTA is able to provide support in overcoming these barriers. Through in-class lectures, students learn normal, and disordered communication and specific-treatment strategies for effective communication. The laboratory module includes learning how to identify possible swallowing and feeding issues and strategies to assist those with disorders.

    Level 5Credits
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    FLDP-5013Clinical Placement 311.25
    During the final fieldwork placement, students continue to acquire and refine abilities and professional behaviours as OTA/PTAs. Through these collaborative, practical learning experiences, students increase understanding of the role and gain confidence assisting the professional therapist.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 1 and 2

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 23 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Residency
    Requirement and Graduate from this Program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    According to projections from the Economic Modelling Specialists International (EMSI), there is a 16% increase in job growth expected for 3237 - Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment in the London Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for the period of 2014-2022 (6 new jobs each year for the period). This projection accounts for new jobs only, and does not factor in additional positions created through retirements and attrition. EMSI also projects strong growth for this occupational code in the province (21%) and the country (18%). There are some important increases in jobs for this code in several of the other CMAs within 100 miles of London including Hamilton (32/year), Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (22/year), and Toronto (106/year). Moreover, a review of relevant literature as well as input from community partners and subject matter experts suggests that demand for OTA/PTA positions will increase locally and provincially alongside the rapidly aging population. In addition to hosting a robust external focus group (19 community partners attended), the School of Health Sciences has obtained several letters of support for the proposed program from local employers and therapists.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: OPA1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
     
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program.  The program prepares students to work under the direction of Occupational Therapists and/or Physiotherapists to support the therapeutic assessment, treatment and care of clients.  Curriculum delivered through both web-facilitated classroom and laboratory instruction includes the role of the OTA/PTA in relation to clients musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neurological functions and conditions.  Students engage in three clinical placement opportunities throughout the program, including at least one placement each in an Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy setting. 

    Program Pathways

    • As the program becomes established, the School of Health Sciences will consider developing a pathway agreement with one or more institutions offering Kinesiology degrees. Degrees in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are not available at the undergraduate level, but are exclusively offered at the Masters level. However, pathways from the OTA/PTA diploma to a related degree such as Kinesiology would provide a degree completion opportunity, making those assistants interested in becoming therapists eligible to apply to the relevant Masters programs. Moreover, the School of Health Sciences will consult with the School of Public Safety regarding which Kinesiology degrees to pursue pathways with, given that Fanshawe's related graduate certificate in Advanced Ergonomics only accepts Kinesiology graduates, and would also be a good fit for those with an OTA/PTA background.
    • The School of Health Sciences will also consider developing articulation agreements and identifying credit transfer opportunities through the ONTransfer system between Fanshawe's program and the other OTA/PTA programs in the system.
    • For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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