Occupational Therapist Assistant / Physiotherapist Assistant | St. Clair College
Program Code: K893
Status: Closed
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September
Contact:
Dr. Philip Rance
519-354-9714 ext. 3315

Program Overview

Graduates will work under the supervision of a Physiotherapist and/or Occupational Therapist to assist in the implementation of therapeutic plans and programs. Graduates will assist in enabling a client’s optimal performance, and help them effectively cope with limitations to function, activities of daily living, leisure and work. If you are the type of individual who welcomes a challenge and enjoys being with people of all ages, a career as an OTA/PTA 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.

Career 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.

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

OR

  • equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

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

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
OTP101
Anatomy and Physiology I
3
OTP102
Clinical Pathology I
2
OTP107
Orientation To Rehabilitation I
4
OTP111
Lifestage Development And Rehabilitation
4
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
OTP200
Functional Human Movement
5
OTP206
Anatomy and Physiology II
3
OTP202
Clinical Pathology II
2
OTP203
Communication & Documentation Skills For The OTA/PTA
3
OTP204
Orientation To Rehabilitation II
4
OTP213
Mental Health In Rehabilitation
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
OTP300
Therapeutic Skills - OTA I
5
OTP305
Therapeutic Skills - PTA I
5
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
OTP301
Field Experience I
17
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
OTP400
Therapeutic Skills - OTA II
5
OTP405
Therapeutic Skills - PTA II
5
OTP401
Field Experience II
17

Past Cohorts:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
OTP101 Anatomy And Physiology 1 3
OTP102 Clinical Pathology1 2
OTP103 Orientation To Rehabilitation 1 3
OTP104 Lifestage Health And Rehabilitation 3
SSC240 Developmental Psychology 3
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
OTP200 Functional Human Movement 5
OTP201 Anatomy And Physiology II 2
OTP202 Clinical Pathology II 2
OTP203 Communication & Documentation Skills For The Ota/Pta 3
OTP204 Orientation To Rehabilitation II 4
OTP310 Psychiatric Disorders 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
OTP300 Therapeutic Skills - Ota 1 5
OTP305 Therapeutic Skills - Pta 1 5
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
OTP301 Field Experience I 17
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
OTP400 Therapeutic Skills - Ota II 5
OTP405 Therapeutic Skills - Pta II 5
OTP401 Field Experience II 17

Synergy Placement Notice to Students

Pre-Placement Requirements

St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

  • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
  • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
  • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at www.Synergyhelps.com. You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


Requirements

(Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)

Field Placement

Clinical placement is undertaken for a total of 525 hours in two placement blocks during semesters three and four. Placements occur for two seven-week blocks and attendance is 5 days per week (est. 37.5 hours /week). The first placement in semester 3 is typically from early November to mid-December and the second placement in semester 4 is from mid-March to the end of April.


COVID-19 Vaccination Placement Notice to Students

This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and, therefore, will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

  • Student placements are assigned. Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.

    • Placements may be outside the Windsor/Chatham area.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to placements.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required.
  • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement need and agency availability.

Your Investment

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

2023-2024 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.

Smart Start Information

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51502)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, 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.