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Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants work with registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists to enable clients to cope with their limitations in movement, daily function, activity and/or occupational performance, whether temporary or permanent.

Program Information

Start Date

September 05, 2023

Domestic Availability

Waitlisted

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

POA

Delivery

Hybrid, In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Kelly McKnight

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2484.61 per semester*

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Canadian Students

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September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Accepting Applications

Program Code

POA

Delivery

Hybrid, In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Kelly McKnight

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2484.61 per semester*

International Tuition

$8980.57 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change.

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With ever-increasing numbers of aging people requiring assistance to continue a full life, the need has never been greater for occupational therapists(OTs), physiotherapists (PTs) and their assistants. While a great deal of work these days is with seniors, there's also much to be done with those recovering from surgery, health conditions such as cancer or stroke, and chronic conditions such as arthritis. You can help people get back into their lives - as an Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant.

As an OTA and PTA, you'll help awaken people's physical potential - and learn more about yourself in the process. Throughout the deliberately broad-based four-semester program, you'll learn how to assist clients to achieve their health goals.

Rather than focus your studies exclusively on the occupational therapy or physical therapy streams, you will develop the ability to work with both professions.

The Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Fleming College 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 awarded to the program on April 30, 2020 for the period until April 30, 2026.


Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program,
c/o Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada,
Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West,
London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5
(226) 636-0632
www.otapta.ca

"We enjoy working with Fleming’s PTA students. Along with being helpful team members, we find the students have been well equipped to grow from challenges that they are presented with."

Julie Manley RPT, BSc. BSc.PT MCPA,
Physiotherapist and Owner
Active Living Physiotherapy, Peterborough, Ontario

Fleming offers a two-year program where you'll get cross-training in both occupational and physical therapy. Graduates will be critical thinkers with demonstrated problem solving abilities, strong interpersonal and communication skills and will possess a solid foundation in relevant health sciences.

Field experience is an integral aspect of the OTA & PTA program and is highly valued by students as they welcome the opportunity to integrate in-class studies with hands-on experience. Students are assigned to a variety of clinical settings throughout second, third and fourth semester. Students, with the assistance of a faculty member, arrange their final eight week culminating clinical experience. Fleming staff is committed to meeting national accreditation standards by ensuring that students accumulate a minimum of 500 clinical hours, with no less than 30% (150) of these hours being in each discipline.

As with other health-care professions, OT and PT Assistants have to be compassionate, empathetic, and have a genuine concern for people. These are other traits and skills that will help you in the program and your future career:

  • emotional maturity
  • trustworthiness
  • respect for diversity (age, gender, ethnicity)
  • ability to maintain boundaries
  • problem solving ability
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • good organizational and communication skills
  • ability/willingness to work long hours

Students will be required to acquire CPR (C level) and Standard First Aid Certification prior to classes.

You'll work as a OTA and/or PTA for such healthcare providers as:

  • acute care general hospitals
  • rehabilitation and convalescent facilities
  • nursing homes, long term care facilities
  • community care
  • mental health agencies
  • vocational rehabilitation programs
  • community and government health agencies
  • physiotherapy clinics
  • schools

Books and supplies are most expensive in the first year of the program (approximately $1,200). Second year textbooks are an additional $250.

Students need to be in good health. Independent physical mobility and manual dexterity are essential. Please consult the program Coordinator if there is a concern regarding the physical expectations of the program.

Non Academic Requirements

Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

Failure to provide any of the required Non Academic Field Requirements by the specified due date will result in an inability to participate in the mandatory placement components of the program.

  • Communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team and others.
  • Participate in the effective functioning of interdisciplinary health care teams to optimize client physical and occupational functions.
  • Establish, develop, maintain, and conclude client-centered, therapeutic relationships.
  • Promote a safe environment that prevents or minimizes potential physical or mental harm to the client, therapist assistant and others.
  • Practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner within the role of a therapist assistant.
  • Document client records in a thorough, objective, accurate, and timely manner within the role of the therapist assistant.
  • Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development activities to maintain and enhance competence.
  • Perform the roles and responsibilities of the therapist assistant effectively through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psychosocial sciences, health conditions, resource management, and clinical procedures.
  • Contribute to the occupational therapist's or physiotherapist's assessment of the client and the development, implementation, and modification of intervention/treatment plans.
  • Maximize the client's occupational performance by accurately and safely implementing the interventions, and related tasks under the direction and supervision of the occupational therapist.
  • Maximize the client's physical function by accurately and safely implementing the interventions, and related tasks under the direction and supervision of the physiotherapist.

Students applying to Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and any two Gr 11 or 12 C Sciences

Recommended (but not required for admission)

  • Gr 11 and 12 University/College (UC) Science.
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Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Workplace Health and Wellness
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • Possess ENG4U (Grade 12 University English) or equivalent with a course grade of 65%.
  • Possess SBI4U (Grade 12 University Biology) or equivalent.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Humber College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Allied Health Science
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Allied Health Sciences Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 57 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Health Science in Kinesiology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

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