Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant
Humber’s full-time Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA/PTA) program was the first in Ontario to provide formal educational preparation for occupational therapist assistants and physiotherapist assistants 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 them to effectively utilize their abilities in movement, daily functioning, and activity while promoting overall well-being.
Humber’s Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant program has been awarded program accreditation status, fully compliant, until February 28, 2018. This award is presented by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA and PTA EAP) in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) as the accrediting agency for occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant education programs in Canada. The contact information for the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program is c/o PEAC, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, 250.494.0677.
There are many reasons why a person may require occupational therapy and/or physiotherapy rehabilitation services. Individuals may need assistance returning to their daily lives and regular work due to falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, mental health conditions, transplants, cystic fibrosis, and health and wellness promotion. If you relish the challenges of creative problem solving and critical thinking; have good physical, mental and social health; and enjoy meeting people while wishing to work with those who are physically, developmentally, and/or emotionally challenged, a career as an occupational therapist assistant (OTA) and physiotherapist assistant (PTA) is for you. As an OTA/PTA, 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.
Practice your skills and acquire hands-on experience with a total of 16 weeks of unpaid fieldwork placements. These placements are arranged by the program fieldwork placement advisor and occur Semester 2: April/May; Semester 3: November/December; Semester 4: March/April.
A student will only be assigned to a site where they have not worked as a volunteer or employee; had a pre-employment contract or financial agreement (scholarship); or where their direct relative is employed in the rehabilitation department (i.e. parent, sibling, and/or grandparent).
Students may be expected to travel outside of their immediate area of residency. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation and incur all costs associated with fieldwork placement.
With more than 90 quality facilities offering placements, the privilege to participate in clinical placements in the fields of occupational therapy and/or physiotherapy at some of the top teaching hospitals in Canada, while being exposed to leading-edge therapeutic equipment and facilities, is unparalleled.
For further information, visit healthsciences. humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.
The Humber College OTA/PTA program is fortunate to partner with many exceptional local facilities, offering diverse educational experiences. Some of these facilities include: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Muki Baum Treatment Centres, St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children, The William Osler Health System, Trillium Health Centre and West Park Healthcare Centre.
Graduates of the program are eligible to be become associate members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or members of the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA) of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Individuals studying to become a physiotherapist assistant can become student members of the NPAA.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
- Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U) or equivalent
- Two Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
- Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
The following requirements must be completed during the first semester of the program:
- complete immunization record
- valid Standard First Aid and CPR-C for Health Care Providers
- N95 Mask Fit Testing
- Police Record Check for Vulnerable Persons: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter.
More information and application instructions regarding the above procedures can be found at healthsciences.humber.ca/field-clinical-placement/overview.
The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters was
- domestic $3,650.08
- international $12,950.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.
Approximately $1,000 each year for textbooks and placement costs (travel/parking/uniform).
|Course Code||Course Name|
|BIOS 101||Basic Human Anatomy|
|COMM 200||College Reading and Writing Skills|
|GNEDG000||General Education Electives|
|HUMA 024||An Introduction to Arts and Sciences|
|OPTT 100||The Health Care System and Rehabilitation|
|OPTT 101||Interpersonal Communication Skills for Rehabilitation Professionals|
|OPTT 104||Rehabilitation Concepts Across the Life Span|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|OCTT 220||OTA Therapeutic Skills: Musculoskeletal Conditions|
|OPTT 202||Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Movement|
|OPTT 204||Presenting Conditions: Musculoskeletal Investigation and Evaluation|
|OPTT 230||OTA and PTA Introductory Fieldwork Placement|
|PHTT 220||PTA Therapeutic Skills: Musculoskeletal Conditions|
|PSYC 002||Psychology: Developmental|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|OCTT 320||OTA Therapeutic Skills: Neurological and Mental Health Conditions|
|OPTT 311||Fundamentals of Neurological Structures|
|OPTT 312||Communication and Function|
|OPTT 313||Concepts In Mental Health|
|OPTT 314||Presenting Conditions: Neurological Investigation and Evaluation|
|OPTT 315||OTA and PTA Intermediate Fieldwork Placement|
|PHTT 320||PTA Therapeutic Skills: Neurological Conditions|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|COMM 331||Professional Communications: OTA and PTA|
|OCTT 420||OTA Therapeutic Skills: Cardiorespiratory and Complex Conditions|
|OPTT 412||Fundamentals of Cardiorespiratory and Endocrine Systems|
|OPTT 413||Ethics And Professionalism|
|OPTT 414||Presenting Conditions: Cardiorespiratory and Complex Conditions|
|OPTT 415||OTA and PTA Pre-Graduate Fieldwork Placement|
|PHTT 420||PTA Therapeutic Skills: Cardiorespiratory and Complex Conditions|