2014/15 Program

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Our Program

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.

Your Career

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.

Work Placement

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.

Our Industry Partnerships

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.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

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.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • 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.

Additional Requirements

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 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• 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).


Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Semester 3

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

Semester 4

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