Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program where students learn the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, rehabilitation, professional communication, musculoskeletal conditions, and neurological skills. Graduates will be prepared to work under the direction of occupational therapists and/or physiotherapists.

Overview

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.

The curriculum is delivered through a variety of educational platforms including in-person and virtual classrooms as well as in-person laboratory instruction, with a focus on the role of the OTA/PTA in supporting clients with musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions.

Program Overview

Students in the program have access to a brand new, purpose-built clinical laboratory that has ten treatment cubicles and the latest equipment. The program also leverages many other Fanshawe resources including the Health Sciences “Activities of Daily Living” Apartment which simulates a patients' living space (kitchen, living room, bathroom) and equipment offered by the Simulation Lab (ie Pregnancy Suits). All of these resources support an effective student environment for learning and adds to their preparation to successfully work with patients and the healthcare system.

During the two-year program, students participate in three clinical placements in a variety of possible settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, private outpatient clinics and more. Clinical Placements are an important opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and clinical skills from the curriculum into a specific healthcare setting with patients and their families. Clinical placements take place in locations within a 1-hr drive of London. Students are responsible for all travel and costs related to the completion of required clinical placements (travel, parking, meals, etc).

Placement 1: Winter term of first year (Jan-Apr) - includes one full day of clinical observation per week for the entire term (75hrs).

Placement 2: Fall term of second year (Nov-Dec) - consists of a full-time placement for 6 weeks (225hrs)

Placement 3: Summer term of second year (May-June) - consists of a full-time placement for 6 weeks (225hrs)

 

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program have the knowledge and skills to help clients cope with their limitations and improve their quality of life. They can pursue careers as a physiotherapy assistant or occupational therapy assistant in a variety of settings including: 

  • retirement homes
  • long-term care facilities
  • rehabilitation clinics
  • hospitals
  • mental health agencies
  • nursing homes
  • physiotherapy clinics
  • child treatment centres
  • home care services

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program:

Therapy Assistant
Work as part of a collaborative team focused on providing a plan of care to meet client-centered goals.

Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist Assistant
Plan and deliver therapeutic programs to meet a client’s treatment goals.

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Provide client-centered clinical care under the direction and supervision of an occupational therapist.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team and others;
  2. Participate in the effective functioning of interdisciplinary health care teams to optimize client physical and occupational functions;
  3. Establish, develop, maintain, and conclude client-centred, therapeutic relationships;
  4. Promote a safe environment that prevents or minimizes potential physical or mental harm to the client, therapist assistant and others;
  5. Practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner within the role of a therapist assistant;
  6. Document client records in a thorough, objective, accurate, and timely manner within the role of the therapist assistant;
  7. Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development activities to maintain and enhance competence;
  8. Perform the roles and responsibilities of the therapist assistant effectively through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psychosocial sciences, health conditions, resource management, and clinical procedures;
  9. Contribute to the occupational therapist's or physiotherapist's assessment of the client and the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans;
  10. Maximize the client’s occupational performance by accurately and safely implementing the interventions, and related tasks under the direction and supervision of the occupational therapist;
  11. Maximize the client’s physical function by accurately and safely implementing the interventions, and related tasks under the direction and supervision of the physiotherapist;
  12. Manage time and prioritize competing demands in collaboration with occupational therapists and physiotherapists;
  13. Use knowledge and influence responsibly within the assistant’s role to promote the health and well-being of individual clients, communities, and populations.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Waitlisted

Program Details

Program Code
OPA1

Program Coordinator:

Doug Bickford, BScPT, M.Sc., MBA, CHE, CD

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
66 weeks

Admission Requirements

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
Competitive Programs
This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Post-Secondary education may be required for successful admission to this program. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details.
English Language Requirements

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 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, 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 65, 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 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview
Applicant Selection Criteria

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

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

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$7,398.04
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$30,891.04
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

Level 1
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.
HLTH-1289Rehabilitation & the Healthcare System2
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. 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-1284Development Across the Lifespan3
Students will examine development across the lifespan, from pre-natal to end of life. This includes normal development and the variations to the norm as a result of the impact of internal (nature) and external (nurture) factors, as well as factors that contribute to resiliency at different stages of life. The role of the OTA/PTA is explored throughout the course in supporting physical, cognitive, and social development at each stage.
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 diversity of roles within the field and the impact of relevant regulatory bodies and professional associations. In addition, 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-1045Anatomy & Physiology 13.5
Students acquire knowledge of structure and functions within the human body. Students explore the following systems under normal conditions: skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, and special senses. Basic sciences underlying physiological concepts are also highlighted.
HLTH-1290Professional Practice3
In healthcare, practitioners deal with diversity in culture, values, and beliefs that sometimes lead to ethical issues and conflicts. The principles of professional practice are explored as students examine self-awareness, conflict management, cultural diversity, and professional boundaries, including privacy and confidentiality. Students will develop knowledge and skills in workplace safety and patient engagement, and will develop their communication skills and a professional portfolio.
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