Humber’s Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA/PTA) diploma program was the first in Ontario to provide formal educational preparation for occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) and physiotherapist assistants (PTAs) and continues to provide quality education. You will learn to assist in the implementation of rehabilitation treatment plans and programs developed to promote clients’ independence, activities and function. Areas of focus include restoring and maximizing physical function and occupational performance, ultimately enabling clients to effectively utilize their abilities in movement, daily functioning and activity while promoting overall well-being.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their families, and significant others*, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, other health care providers, and others within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Participate in the effective functioning of interprofessional health care teams within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Establish, develop, maintain, and bring closure to client-centred, therapeutic relationships within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Practice competently in a legal, ethical, and professional manner within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Document and complete client records in a thorough, objective, accurate, and nonjudgmental manner within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Develop and implement strategies to maintain, improve, and promote professional competence within the role of the therapist assistant*.
Perform effectively within the roles and responsibilities of the therapist assistant* through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psychosociological sciences, and health conditions.
Perform functions common to both physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices that contribute to the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist.
Enable the client’s occupational performance* by contributing to the development, implementation, and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist.
Enable the client’s optimal physical function by contributing to the development, implementation, and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the physiotherapist.
Practise your skills and acquire hands-on experience during over 600 hours (16 weeks) of unpaid work placements. These placements are arranged by the program fieldwork placement advisor during Semester 2, Semester 3 and Semester 4.
You will have the opportunity to be exposed to leading-edge therapeutic skills, equipment and health-care facilities. This program offers the privilege of participating in clinical placements in occupational therapy and physiotherapy at some of the top teaching hospitals in Canada.
Instructors are Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Kinesiologists while Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants are involved in the practical skills labs. In addition, other rehabilitation experts regularly guest lecture throughout the program. Instructors maintain their professional expertise by continuing to practice in their respective field/regularly attending professional meetings and/or participate in ongoing professional development, ensuring program content is current, relevant and covers all angles.
There are many reasons why a person may require occupational therapy and/or physiotherapy rehabilitation services. In addition to health and wellness promotion, individuals may require assistance returning to their activities of daily living and regular work due to falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, mental health conditions and chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and diabetes. If you relish the challenges of creative problem solving and critical thinking; have good physical health; and enjoy meeting people while wishing to work with those who are physically, developmentally, and/or emotionally challenged, a career as an OTA/PTA is for you. You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments such as acute care and community hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, private practice, and retail.
Professional Accreditations & Recognition
Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP)
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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