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.