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Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 07751Length: 4 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent) 
      • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent) or Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U) or equivalent
      • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

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    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Field Placement Requirements

During the first semester of the program:

  • Complete immunization record
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Providers (HCP) certificates
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Police Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen.

Successful completion of placement is a requirement for graduation from the OTA/PTA program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and, as a result, are unable to participate in the placement, you will not be able to graduate. Police records checks may need to be renewed every three to six months depending upon placement requirements of each setting

Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.

View Field Placement Requirements >

Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $4,227.65
  • international: $15,262.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,212.24$7,421.00
Tuition$1,546.61$6,755.37
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$196.83$196.83
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,015.41$7,421.00
Tuition$1,546.61$6,952.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,015.41$7,421.00
Tuition$1,546.61$6,952.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,015.41$7,421.00
Tuition$1,546.61$6,952.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

Approximately $1,000 - textbooks and placement costs (travel/parking/uniform) (per year).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS WITHIN HUMBER AFTER THIS PROGRAM

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission.  Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of five semesters of full-time study plus a work term.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent
  • SBI4U ( Grade 12U Biology) or equivalent

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

 

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • BBA Health Services Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Programs:

  • Law LLB

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma in any field at Humber College and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Law LLB (Hons) (2-year fast track). International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/Pages/international-students.aspx

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Janice Dundas, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5770
janice.dundas@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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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.

Courses Program Standards Learning Outcomes


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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.


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Work Placement

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.

Humber OTA and PTA Program Map

Humber OTA and PTA Program’s Vision, Mission, Goals and Values

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The Humber Experience

Diana Seko-Challenger

Find out how the OTA & PTA program at Humber helped Diana achieve success in her career.

Student Testimonial

Fiona's video

Find out about Fiona's most memorable experience during her time at Humber. 

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Jovina

Find out why Jovina chose Humber.

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Carling's video

Find out how Carling knew this was the right program for her. 

The Humber Advantage

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occupational therapist with patient

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State-of-the-art Labs

Well-equipped labs feature cutting-edge equipment, will aid in you gaining practical experience.

We Know What it Takes

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.

 “Best viewed program by hospitals in Toronto. - Nabil O.

Your Career

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)

The Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Program at The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on November 30, 2018 for the period until November 30, 2024.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, www.otapta.ca.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

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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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.