Occupational Therapist Assistant / Physiotherapist Assistant
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  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 English ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Graduates will work under the supervision of a Physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist to assist in the implementation of plans and programs to enable a client's optimal performance, and help them effectively cope with their limitations in daily movement and activities. If you are the type of individual who welcomes a challenge and enjoys being with people of all ages, a career as an occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist assistant is a great career path to choose.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Utilization of innovative, current and integrated approaches to the role of the OTA/PTA assistant.
  • A blend of classroom and clinical/practical learning involving “hands-on” learning.
  • Clinical placements within a variety of work settings including hospitals, private clinics, long term care facilities and children’s treatment centres.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As an OTA/PTA, you will work for such healthcare providers as hospitals, family health teams and community clinics, mental health facilities, long term care facilities such as Nursing Homes, Residential Care and Senior Assistive Living facilities, rehabilitation centres, and children treatment centres.

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance by mid September, you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.

Placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts anywhere within Chatham-Kent, Windsor-Essex, Lambton or Middlesex. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the clinical area. The College is not able to guarantee placements in Windsor and/or Chatham or on a bus route.

Police checks and health checks will be required "before placements in semester 3".

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
  • First Aid
  • CPR - BCLS level C/AED
  • NIOSH N95 Respirator Fit Test
  • Flu Shots (Must be done prior to placement)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
OTP101
2
Anatomy and Physiology I
OTP102
2
Clinical Pathology I
OTP103
4
Orientation to Rehabilitation I
OTP104
3
Lifestage Health and Rehabilitation
SSC240
3
Developmental Psychology
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
MIC101
1
Introduction to Word-Processing Software
MIC102
1
Introduction to Presentation Software

Semester 2
OTP200
5
Functional Human Movement
OTP201
3
Anatomy and Physiology II
OTP202
2
Clinical Pathology II
OTP203
3

Communication & Documentation Skills for the OTA / PTA
OTP204
3
Orientation to Rehabilitation II
OTP310
2
Psychiatric Disorders
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
OTP300
5
Therapeutic Skills – OTA
OTP305
5
Therapeutic Skills – PTA
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective - Online
OTP301
17
Field Experience I





Semester 4
OTP400
5
Therapeutic Skills – OTA II
OTP405
5
Therapeutic Skills – PTA II
OTP401
17
Field Experience II