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Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy Assistant

Work directly with clients providing hands-on treatment to improve their quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Tuition:
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Waitlist
September 2021
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Cumberland Campus • Springhill Full time • In-class Seats available

Overview

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 are an important member of the healthcare team who have direct contact with clients.

  • The OTA-PTA uses hands-on intervention to improve clients' ability to perform daily activities and their quality of life.
  • They are also responsible for managing client treatment areas and equipment procurement.

In this program, you learn:

  • Theory behind the practice of occupational therapy and physiotherapy and have an opportunity to apply your knowledge through clinical experiences and practicums
  • How 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

Application of knowledge and skills during OTA-PTA clinical placements may take place in a variety of settings including medical-surgical, geriatric, pediatrics, mental health, community care and home care.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Grade 12 Academic Biology and English and one additional Grade 12 Academic Science (Chemistry or Physics).
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program. Current immunizations may also be required.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Clinical placement

  • You participate in clinical placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Clinical placements are mandatory credit courses offered throughout the duration of your program. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of a work environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to clinical placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Private and public sector: NS Health Authority, long-term care facilities, community settings and private clinics.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is structured to provide cross-training, at the assistive level, in both the occupational therapy and physiotherapy disciplines.
  • You collaborate and interact with students in other related health and human service fields, fostering a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to client-centred care. Graduates will work collaboratively with Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, as well as other health care professionals, to improve the health and quality of life for Nova Scotians. The program's mission is, through quality education, to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, competent and ethical care within the OTA-PTA scope of practice.
  • The Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant Program at Nova Scotia Community College, Lunenburg Campus has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on April 30, 2019 for the period until April 30, 2025. Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5 (226) 636-0632, www.otapta.ca
  • The Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant Program at Nova Scotia Community College – Cumberland Campus has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on April 30, 2015 for the period until April 30, 2021. Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5 (226) 636-0632, www.otapta.ca
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Alternate Intake – this program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Students with physical impairments (restrictions of lifting, mobility, etc.) should discuss their condition with their physician before pursuing a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant / Physiotherapy Assistant. The physical ability to work with clients who are restricted in their own mobility and require physical assistance is essential for working in many clinical settings.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1008   Anatomy and Physiology for Rehabilitation
ANAP 2011   Functional Anatomy
GDEV 1005   Growth and Development
HCOM 1015   Writing and Research Skills
OTPT 1000   Health Promotion and Exercise
OTPT 1010   Foundations in Rehabilitation
OTPT 1011   Human Relations
OTPT 1020   Enabling Occupations
OTPT 2000   Movement and Mobility
OTPT 2001   Musculoskeletal Conditions in Rehabilitation
OTPT 2003   Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health
OTPT 2004   Cardiorespiratory and Vascular Conditions in Rehabilitation
OTPT 2025   Neurological Conditions in Rehabilitation
OTPT 2050   Clinical Practicum I
OTPT 3005   Physical Agents in Rehabilitation
OTPT 3006   Community Health
OTPT 3007   Rehabilitation in Special Populations
OTPT 3010   Professional Practice
OTPT 3050   Clinical Practicum II
OTPT 4050   Clinical Practicum III
OTPT 4060   Clinical Internship
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1050   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
SOCS 2002   Mental Health Issues

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