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Program delivery note: Fanshawe will temporarily deliver this program as listed under "locations" to the right of your screen or in the "+ more details" menu on mobile. Delivery format may change for January 2021 and onwards.

Overview - 2021/2022

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 - 2021/2022


This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details. 

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

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

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.-2021/2022

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-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. 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-1285Professional Practice in Rehabilitation1
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.

Level 2
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
This course emphasizes how the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions requires the healthcare professional not only to treat the physical impairment, but also to 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 conditions. Students also become familiar with various types of assistive devices to promote functional independence in cases where the condition requires a prolonged recovery. Students practice appropriate documentation during lab work.
ANAT-3014Anatomy & Physiology 23
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 and the body as a whole.
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. Students examine the mechanisms of injury, healing process, recovery, and treatment protocols of common musculoskeletal conditions.
ANAT-1039Musculoskeletal Skills-PTA2.5
Students will be introduced to many therapeutic interventions that can be applied to patients diagnosed with a musculoskeletal condition. Through practical labs and in-class lectures students learn how to safely and effectively use ROM, strength, and modality techniques when working with patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Students also become familiar with various mobility aids and lifts and transfers. Students practice appropriate documentation during lab work.
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 3
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. Through lectures, students build on their knowledge of the normal functioning of these vital systems and gain an understanding of disease processes. During lab, students practice performing the interventions required to manage patients with these conditions. 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 cardiorespiratory and complex conditions seen in the rehabilitation setting. Through a series of in-class lectures and presentations, students explore a selection of conditions based on broad diagnostic categories, encompassing cardiac, respiratory, and endocrine systems. Emphasis is on the impact of these conditions on the individual.
ANAT-3015Anatomy & Physiology 32
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 and the body as a whole.
HLTH-1260Concepts in Mental Health3
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20% of all Canadians experience a mental illness in their lifetime regardless of their age, education, income level, or culture. Through in-class lectures, students become familiar with the mental health system and the characteristics of common mental health disorders, their course, and intervention. Students will gain an understanding of the supporting role of the OTA/PTA in the treatment of patients with a mental health illness.
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.
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.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ANAT-5001Anatomy & Physiology 42.5
This course builds upon information learned in the Anatomy & Physiology courses. 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-5027Neurological Conditions2
This course builds upon knowledge learned in the Anatomy & Physiology courses. 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 5
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 22 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Residency
Requirement and Graduate from this Program

Careers - 2021/2022

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 - 2021/2022

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. 

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 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.

Program Details

More details

2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability
2021 September
London
Open
Program Code
OPA1

Program Coordinator:

Gabriel Flamminio, BHK, BEd. (Adult Ed), RMT

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

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