School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Several placement opportunities in settings such as hospitals, private clinics and home care


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

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

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

OTP100 Intro to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
OTP105 Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Rehab Professional
OTP115 Foundational Skills in OTA/PTA Practice
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples (Gen Ed)
CMM125 College Communications 1
PSY200 Lifespan Development

Semester 2

OTP110 The Health Care System & Rehabilitation
OTP120 Aging in Society
OTP125 Introduction to Rehabilitation Practice
OTP130 Conditions Impacting Function I
OTP135 Physiotherapy Skills-Therapeutic Exercise
OTP145 Occupational Therapy Skills I
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 3

OTP200 Rehabilitation Practice I
OTP205 Conditions Impacting Function II
OTP210 Physiotherapy Skills - Therapeutic Modalities
OTP215 Occupational Therapy Skills II
OTP220 Mental Health Concepts & Interventions
OTP225 Clinical Documentaion Skills

Semester 4

OTP230 Rehabilitation Practice II

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 $30 - $3936.96
2 $2720.24 $791.00 - 931.00 $30 - $3681.24

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 $30 - $14226.69
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69

Ontario College Diploma

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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View course outlines

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

Explore these opportunities and more through Canadore’s Transfer and Pathway

For more information, please contact the Pathways Officer:

Micheline McWhirter – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139