Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (2015/16 Program)

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Program Length: 

Four semesters, including field placement, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Stacey McPhail, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4317

Admission Requirements: 

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)
– Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above


• Mature student status


• College or university transfer status

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

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements: 

The following requirements must be completed 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 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/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $3,744.56
– international $13,900.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs: 

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

Our Program: 

Humber’s 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 clients to effectively utilize their abilities in movement, daily functioning and activity while promoting overall well-being.

Our 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.

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, 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.

Work Placement: 

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.

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