Courses may include
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.
ANAP 1008 - Anatomy and Physiology for Rehabilitation
This course introduces the sciences of anatomy and physiology and the basic structure, functions and assessment of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems as well as the sensory organs. Integration of systems and maintenance of homeostasis within the body will also be discussed. This course provides the learner with a clinical understanding of anatomical landmarks in helping to develop the learner’s palpation skills. Integrating lab hours into this course will enhance the ability of the students to accurately apply treatment techniques to the client.
ANAP 2011 - Functional Anatomy
This course provides the learner with a further understanding of anatomy, based on identifying landmarks on the skin for application of treatment modalities such as splinting, electrotherapy, and seating. This lab-based course will develop the learner’s palpation skills which enhance the ability to accurately apply treatment techniques to the client. Client positioning and draping will be emphasized. Normal joint movement will be reviewed and practiced with test subjects.
GDEV 1005 - Growth and Development
Upon completion the learner will acquire an understanding of the process of growth and development including physical, cognitive, psychosocial and developmental tasks across the lifespan.
HCOM 1015 - Writing and Research Skills
Effective written communication skills are a necessary component for success in the health and human services environment where accountability, communication and professional documentation are essential in providing service for others. This course includes mechanics of writing, document preparation and information management used in the health and human services field. This course is also designed to provide the learner with foundational information literacy and research skills required to prepare documents used in the health care field.
OTPT 1000 - Health Promotion and Exercise
This course is designed to prepare the student with an understanding of the factors that affect health and wellness both on an individual and community level. The components of an exercise program are emphasized, including principles of training and exercise prescription as per American College of Sport Medicine Guidelines. Specific and general muscle training will be addressed. This course will be in the form of both lecture and lab components.
OTPT 1010 - Foundations in Rehabilitation
This course is designed to provide an overview of the national and provincial health care systems and to introduce the student to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy practice. The roles of the Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant in a variety of practice settings will be discussed. The benefits of collaborative multidisciplinary relationships and ethical practice for client and family-centred care will be emphasized. Orientation to the clinical environment and opportunities for clinical observation will be included in this course.
OTPT 1011 - Human Relations
Completion of this course will provide the student with the tools, personal insights and abilities to work effectively as part of the collaborative healthcare team in order to enhance client and family-centered care.
OTPT 1020 - Enabling Occupations
This course provides the student with theoretical and practical knowledge related to the practice of Occupational Therapy including biomechanical and compensatory strategies as prescribed by Occupational Therapists. The course focuses on skill development for specific Occupational Therapy tasks in the context of enabling occupations. Students will develop the skills necessary to assist therapists in fabricating splints and other assistive devices.
OTPT 2000 - Movement and Mobility
This course provides the student with technical and practical knowledge related to maximizing safe mobility and occupation of clients with physical disability both independently and within a multidisciplinary team. Different techniques of mobilization will be reviewed and practiced for clients across the lifespan. Maintenance of equipment will also be practiced. The majority of the learning will occur in the lab setting.
OTPT 2001 - Musculoskeletal Conditions in Rehabilitation
This course is designed to prepare the student with an understanding of common musculoskeletal afflictions across the lifespan, and what Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy treatment techniques are implemented to safely maximize functional and occupational potential in their clients across the lifespan. Managing clients with burns will also be reviewed.
OTPT 2003 - Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health
This course provides the learner with an understanding of the role of Occupational Therapy in mental health services, including the role of group work and individual work in a client and family-centred, collaborative environment. Co-leading and facilitating groups and individual plans of intervention will be discussed.
OTPT 2004 - Cardiorespiratory and Vascular Conditions in Rehabilitation
This course is designed to prepare the learner with an understanding of common cardiac, pulmonary and vascular conditions across the lifespan. It also includes the type of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy treatment techniques that are implemented to safely maximize function and facilitate activity and participation in their clients. Managing clients in high acuity situations (i.e. the ICU) will be reviewed.
OTPT 2025 - Neurological Conditions in Rehabilitation
This course is designed to prepare the student with an understanding of common neurological conditions across the lifespan, and what Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy treatment techniques are implemented to safely maximize functional and occupational potential in their clients.
OTPT 2050 - Clinical Practicum I
This course provides selected supervised learning experiences allowing the learner the opportunity to apply components of client care as it pertains to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy practice in a physical health setting, under the supervision of a preceptor. Beginning rehabilitation skills will be practiced as a component of the client’s interdisciplinary care plan.
OTPT 3005 - Physical Agents in Rehabilitation
This course provides the learner with knowledge of the different physiotherapeutic modalities, rationale of use, contraindications and precautions, and methods of application as delegated by the Physiotherapist. Instruction will occur in the classroom and lab settings.
OTPT 3006 - Community Health
This course provides the learner with skills to provide delegated Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services within the community setting. Community health care issues, barriers and enablers will be discussed. Environments for service provision include the client’s home, school, work and/or play across the lifespan with a variety of client diagnosis and needs. The Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum will be completed in this course.
OTPT 3007 - Rehabilitation in Special Populations
This course provides the student with specialized skills required to assist the Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to work with specialized populations such as the very young, frail older adults, the very obese, clients with chronic pain, and end of life/palliative care issues.
OTPT 3010 - Professional Practice
This course will provide students with an understanding of professional issues facing Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy within the workplace. The future role of the support personnel will be debated and discussed based on current models of care and professional trends. Students will be introduced to essential leadership skills required within today’s health care system to enable them to become successful change agents within their workplace.
OTPT 3050 - Clinical Practicum II
This course provides selected supervised learning experiences allowing the learner the opportunity to perform components of client care as it pertains to Occupational Therapy and/or Physiotherapy practice under the supervision of a preceptor. The learner will be able to explore a wide variety of skills in the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy practice for clients with mental health, musculoskeletal, and/or neurological deficits with increasing independence.
OTPT 4050 - Clinical Practicum III
This course provides selected supervised learning experiences allowing the learner the opportunity to apply Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy knowledge and theory in a variety of clinical settings both in physical and mental health, under the supervision of a preceptor. The learner will experience increasing independence in clinical problem solving and skill practice, and become further involved in the collaborative care planning for clients.
OTPT 4060 - Clinical Internship
This course provides mentorship of the learner through selected supervised learning experiences with a clinical preceptor, allowing the learner opportunity to apply the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy physical knowledge in any setting. The intent of this experience is to provide an opportunity for the learner to practice skills at the beginning level of entry to practice.
SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.
SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.
SAFE 1050 - Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
This course is designed to provide high quality, meaningful training in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behaviour. This 12-hour course includes both theory on crisis development and personal safety techniques.
SOCS 2002 - Mental Health Issues
This course is a general survey course that considers key content in relation to mental health disorders. The student will examine biological and psychological factors related to mental health and illness, ranging from functional to dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours. Current theories, therapies and intervention strategies are explored. Mental Health will be addressed across the life span. Students will investigate legal, ethical and social perspectives in relationship to scope of practice.