Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
POA
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,513.32 per semester*
International:
$8,161.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SCIE 157
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will begin with an introduction to the organization and the cellular/tissue basis of the human body. The systems that will be focused on in this course are: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

HLTH 35
Units/ Hours: 45

This course contributes to the learning outcomes, knowledge and skills required to function as a safe, competent occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant. This course examines normal functional movement and its components. The course develops the learner's ability to correctly observe, facilitate and enhance functional movement through proper handling techniques.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

HLTH 65
Units/ Hours: 15

This functional course will provide an overview of the Ontario Healthcare System. Students will examine the interdisciplinary role of healthcare professionals. Based on examination, students will dialogue about current issues and trends that impact the Ontario healthcare system, within the context of sustainability.

HLTH 245
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory course will provide an overview of the Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant profession. The working relationship with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists within the health care system will be examined. Issues impacting the profession such as scope of practice, documentation, accountability, confidentiality and boundaries will be explored.

COMP 345
Units/ Hours: 45

Working in the Windows 7 environment, this computer course introduces the student to computer basics (computer terminology, e-mail, file management) and the application and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software using Microsoft Office 2016. Through the extensive use of hands-on activities, students will gain sufficient knowledge and experience to make productive use of computers as a tool in the college and workplace environments.

SOCI 233
Units/ Hours: 45

Human development across the lifespan will be studied by exploring the interrelationship between biological, psychological and sociocultural influences from conception to end of life. Upon completion of the course, learners will have an understanding of individual development, in addition to the impact of lifespan development on families and communities. Learners will have the opportunity to follow an individual?s development throughout the lifespan, using a variety of biopsychosocial factors.

SOCI 36
Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Semester 2

SCIE 158
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they pertain to the following systems: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Immune, Respiratory, Urinary, Fluids & Electrolytes/Acid-Base and Reproductive.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 36
Units/ Hours: 45

This course contributes to the attitudes, knowledge and skills required to function as a safe, competent occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant. Enhanced awareness of the challenges clients face will be fostered, along with the skills necessary to collaboratively address these.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
SCIE 61
Units/ Hours: 60

This course introduces learners to a variety of health conditions that may result in physical or mental impairments, activity limitations or participation restrictions. Learners will gain an understanding of the various conditions that they are likely to encounter as occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistants, the relevant treatment precautions as well as an overview of any treatment goals relevant to rehabilitation.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 85
Units/ Hours: 45

This learning experience presents a theoretical framework and required skills for practising as an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant student in a field placement setting, in a safe manner through supervised, directed activities.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 269
Units/ Hours: 105

This course examines the structures of the musculoskeletal system and introduces learners to principles, types, goals and specific applications of exercise. Therapeutic tools used in exercise and mobility programs will be described and demonstrated, as they relate to the different regions of the body.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

Semester 3

HLTH 41
Units/ Hours: 105

This course will elaborate on the concepts, techniques and approaches used in the provision of occupational therapy services. Learners will integrate knowledge regarding evaluation and treatment of the occupational performance areas and the performance components in the implementation of a comprehensive intervention plan based on clients' requirements, abilties, and expected occupational performance/roles. Learners will acquire hands-on experience with a variety of therapeutic techniques used in the management of acute and chronic musculosketetal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and mental health conditions.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
HLTH 42
Units/ Hours: 105

This course will elaborate on the concepts, techniques, and approaches used in the provision of physiotherapy services. Learners will integrate knowledge regarding evaluation and treatment of a variety of acute and chronic musuloskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions. Students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of therapeutic techniques, including applied modalities.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
FLPL 86
Units/ Hours: 112

This course provides the student with an opportunity to observe and perform select skills in a workplace setting under the direct or indirect supervision of an occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist. One six-week and one seven week placement are provided for integration and reinforcement of theory and skills learned in semesters one and two.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
HLTH 40
Units/ Hours: 14

This course examines specific communication disorders and strategies that may be used by Assistants with a wide variety of clients.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

HLTH 43
Units/ Hours: 42

This course is designed to promote the critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills that will be used in the provision of assigned occupational therapy and physiotherapy services. Small groups will explore clinical cases across specific age groupings: infants, children, young adults, middle years adults and senior adults.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 87
Units/ Hours: 112

This course allows the students to perform selected skills in a workplace setting under the supervision of an occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist. One six week and one seven week placement in two different settings are to provide for integration and reinforcement of theory and skills learned in Semesters 1, 2 and 3.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 88
Units/ Hours: 320

This course allows the student to perform selected skills in a workplace setting under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist and/or Physiotherapist in one or two workplace settings. A six week full-time placement provides for integration and reinforcement of theory and skills learned in all previous semesters of study.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 44
Units/ Hours: 28

This course will integrate a variety of topics relevant to the practice of the occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant. Selected themes from previous courses will be examined in greater depth, including a community link to promote positive attitudes on the part of the clients, their significant others and the public toward different levels of occupational performance.

Pre-Requisites