The Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA & PTA) diploma has developed an extensive therapeutic skills laboratory. This state-of-the-art lab contains equipment designed to educate OTA & PTA learners to meet the changing needs and challenges of delivering effective rehabilitation. Students participate in OTA-specific and PTA-specific practical skills labs in semesters two (musculoskeletal), three (neurological and mental health), and four (cardio-respiratory and complex care). The labs are directly linked to the theoretical concepts discussed in the in-class portion of the respective course.
Occupational Therapist Assistant-Specific Labs
Through the use of the OTA-specific labs, students are exposed to a variety of therapeutic activities and assistive devices which provide them with the ability to practice therapeutic techniques to enhance their skills. The equipment and lab facilities offer student learning opportunities for client education practices, activity selection and grading, assistive device and personal appliance implementation as well as recommendations for environmental accommodations to enable individuals to maximize their independent function in their self care, productivity and leisure pursuits.
Physiotherapist Assistant-Specific Labs
The PTA-specific labs provide students the opportunity to learn about and practice skills to assist in the implementation of rehabilitation treatment plans and programs to restore and maximize physical function. The goal is to enable persons to effectively utilize their abilities in movement and daily functioning while promoting overall well-being. The diverse array of equipment used to assist students to implement effective treatment includes such items as that related to: anatomy, range of motion, posture, strength training, proprioception, balance, modalities, ambulation, transfers, cardiovascular, and respiratory.
The OTA & PTA Lab also serves as an inter-professional facility, providing students and faculty from other programs the opportunity to practice a variety of skills, and learn from other multi-disciplinary health professionals.