Would you enjoy working with clients as they adjust to, or recover from health changes? Do you see yourself as part of a team helping to meet the growing needs for rehabilitation based on Nova Scotia's aging population and prevalence of chronic illness?
As a collaborative member of the healthcare team, the Occupational Therapy Assistant-Physiotherapy Assistant (OTA-PTA) performs occupational therapy and physiotherapy interventions for clients with mental and physical conditions, under the direction of a Physiotherapist or an Occupational Therapist. They have direct contact with clients, with hands-on intervention targeted to improve clients' quality of life and their ability to perform activities of daily living. Aside from direct client-care skills, the OTA-PTA is responsible for managing client treatment areas and equipment procurement.
In this program, you learn the theory behind the practice of occupational therapy and physiotherapy, and have an opportunity to apply your knowledge through clinical experiences and practicums. You learn to teach and enable clients and families to effectively cope with limitations in movement, daily functioning, and activities (temporary or permanent), during and following recovery.
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