Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Female occupational therapist assistant working on a patient

Program at a glance

Program code: 
Ontario College Diploma
Length of study: 
2 years
Study options: 
Campus location: 
College Drive

Start a career in this rewarding health field. OTAs and PTAs work with people who have limited or impaired functionality due to injury, illness, disability or aging. Learn in a hands-on environment to develop the skills you need to work in clinical and community-based settings under the guidance and supervision of registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists.


Your Future Career

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Senior living centres
  • Clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Extended care facilities

What You Learn

  • Occupational/physiotherapy skills
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Function and movement specialized training
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Rehabilitation practice
  • Human lifespan development
  • Mental health concepts and techniques
Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, Gr 11 Biology (C) or (U)


Priority of Admissions  

The Council of Regents for the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology has established priorities for admission according to the following order of preference:

  • permanent residents of Ontario
  • permanent residents of other Canadian provinces and territories
  • students from other countries


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Semester One - Fall:

OTP 100Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

OTP 105Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Rehab Professionals

OTP 110The Health Care System and Rehabilitation

CMM 125College Communications 1

CLT 100Canada's First Peoples (GenEd)

OTP 115Foundational Skills in OTA/PTA Practice

OTP 120Aging in Society

Semester Two - Winter:

OTP 125Introduction to Rehabilitation Practice

OTP 130Conditions Impacting Function I

OTP 135Physiotherapy Skills - Therapeutic Exercise

PSY 200Lifespan Development

OTP 145Occupational Therapy Skills I

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online


Semester Three - Fall:

OTP 200Rehabilitation Practice I

OTP 205Conditions Impacting Function II

OTP 210Physiotheraphy Skills - Therapeutic Modalities

OTP 215Occupational Therapy Skills II

OTP 220Mental Health Concepts and Interventions

OTP 225Clinical Documentation Skills


Semester Four - Winter:

GENEDGeneral Education Elective

OTP 230Rehabilitation Practice II

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Learning Outcomes : 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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