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, 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 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 Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
Graduates of the program are eligible to become associate members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) 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 CAOT and the NPAA.
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.
Our Industry Partnerships
Humber’s 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.
Practice your skills and acquire hands-on experience during over 600 hours (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. 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.
Your Future Study Options
Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.