Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Intensive (Accelerated)

10 months Ontario College Diploma

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


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

University degree graduates from a related field of study can complete this highly collaborative program in 10 months. OTAs and PTAs work with people who have limited or impaired functionality due to injury, illness, disability or aging. This program is designed for students looking for OTA/PTA designation and for those who want to enhance their application to a Master of Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy. Students train through simulation, experiential learning, interprofessional learning and over 500 placement hours under the guidance and supervision of registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Your Future Career

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

What You Learn

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

4- Year honors undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study (i.e. Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, Bachelor of Human Kinetics etc.).

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Semester 1

CLT100 First Peoples of Canada
OTP100 Intro to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
OTP115 Foundational Skills in OTA/PTA Practice
OTP201 Intensive Rehabilitation Practice I (2nd 7 wks)
OTP215 Occupational Therapy Skills II
OTP225 Clinical Documentation Skills (1st 7 wks)
OTP235 Mental Health Concepts & Interventions

Semester 2

OTP126 Intensive Rehabilitation Practice II
OTP130 Conditions Impacting Function I
OTP136 Intensive Physiotherapy Exercise
OTP145 Occupational Therapy Skills I
OTP210 Physiotherapy Skills - Therapeutic Modalities

Semester 3

OPT231 Intensive Rehabilitation Practice III

2024-25 10 months Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $4080.36 $1362.5 $132 - $5580.86

2024-25 10 months Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $23321.31 $1942.5 $132 - $25395.81

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit https://www.canadorecollege.ca/BYOD

You will also need:

  • Name Tag - apx. $10.00-15.00
  • Business Casual Clothing - up to $100.00
  • Clearance Card - $35.00
  • Health Immunizations - cost will vary

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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There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.