Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (2016-2017)

How to Apply

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Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September


Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Contact Information

Janice Dundas, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5770


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,969.87
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

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


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberClosed

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.

Please be aware that mandatory pre-admission testing will be required beginning with the 2017/2018 intake.

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 Field/Clinical Placement.

Our Program

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.

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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

As a student and graduate of our program, you are eligible to become an associate member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

The OTA/PTA program at Humber College is accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. The status of accreditation was granted to the program on June 22, 2012 for the period until spring 2018.

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

Our Industry Partnerships

Our 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, 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

Practise 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 during Semester 2: April/May; Semester 3: November/December; Semester 4: March/April.

You will have the opportunity to be exposed to leading-edge therapeutic skills, equipment, and health-care facilities. With more than 90 quality facilities offering placements, the privilege to participate in clinical placements in occupational therapy and/or physiotherapy at some of the top teaching hospitals in Canada, 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 Transfer Options for detailed information.


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