School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant

2 years Ontario College Diploma

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 either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

OTP 100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
OTP 105 Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Rehbab Professional
OTP 115 Foundational Skills in OTA/PTA Practice
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
CMM 125 College Communications 1
PSY 200 Lifespan Development

Semester 2

OTP 110 The Health Care System and Rehabilitation
OTP 120 Aging in Society
OTP 125 Introduction to Rehabilitation Practice
OTP 130 Conditions Impacting Function I
OTP 135 Physiotherapy Skills - Therapeutic Exercise
OTP 145 Occupational Therapy Skills I
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 3

OTP 200 Rehabilitation Practice I
OTP 205 Conditions Impacting Function II
OTP 210 Physiotherapy Skills - Therapeutic Modalities
OTP 215 Occupational Therapy Skills II
OTP 220 Mental Health Concepts and Interventions
OTP 225 Clinical Documentation Skills

Semester 4

GENED General Education Elective - Online
OTP 230 Rehabilitation Practice II
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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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139