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Occupational Therapist Assistant program

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant program

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant program

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant

Whether you’re interested in health care, sports or social services, this program will prepare you to work with a wide variety of people living with physical, emotional, and developmental conditions. Working under the guidance of a registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist you will maximize physical function and occupational performance to promote increased daily functioning and overall well-being for your clients.

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Program Description

Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physiotherapy assistants (PTA) work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist assisting them with treatment plans for individuals who have conditions that are physically or developmentally disabling. Assistants prepare materials and equipment used during treatment and may perform clerical or administrative duties as assigned.

In this two-year program you will learn to assist with the implementation of rehabilitation treatment plans and programs developed to promote clients’ independence, enhance activities of daily life and function, and support individuals whose physical ability has been impaired by injury, illness, aging, developmental disability or emotional disability. Areas of focus include restoring and maximizing physical and occupational performance, ultimately enabling clients to effectively utilize their abilities in movement.

Program highlights include:

  • Appropriate and effective verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic communication with clients and their families, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health-care providers
  • Establish, develop, maintain and bring closure to client-centred, therapeutic relationships within the role of the therapist assistant
  • Document and complete client records in a thorough, objective, accurate and nonjudgmental manner
  • Enable the client’s optimal physical function by contributing to the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.
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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology (C, M or U)
  • Two additional senior level subjects* 

Pre-Placement Requirements

To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3000.

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Career Options


  • Life-skills worker
  • Education assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Rehabilitation assistant
  • Special education assistant
  • Vocational rehabilitation assistant


  • Community development agencies
  • Extended care facilities
  • Health care facilities
  • Home care services
  • Hospital
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Offices of health care practitioners
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Research
  • Schools
  • Social services agencies
  • Sports organizations
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$15$15
Total Fees:$4,006$14,178

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement component in semesters 2, 3 and 4 to practice your skills and strengthen your abilities. The semester 4 placement will extend into the month of May.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: OTPA
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
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