Algonquin College

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant


Choose a career in promoting health, restoring function and improving quality of life.
The two-year Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Ontario College Diploma program gives you the knowledge and skills to work under an Occupational Therapist and/or Physiotherapist. Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants play a vital supporting role in the assessment, planning and implementation of therapeutic care for patients with the goal of achieving functional independence and occupational performance. They help teach clients to cope with limits in movement, daily functioning and activities.
Through classroom theory, lab techniques, group work and practical experience, you prepare to work with patients coping with health limitations. During various clinical placements, you apply theory and knowledge while further developing your skills. With more than 600 hours of clinical placements during the program, you increase your understanding of the field and gain confidence assisting professional therapists in various healthcare facilities.
Upon graduating, you may find work in:

health centres
community organizations
rehabilitation facilities
private clinics, and
long-term care
This program is well-suited for students who:

Enjoy the challenges of working with and accepting people of all ages and stages of development and of varying backgrounds.
Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
Function well in a team environment.
Possess strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
Are able to effectively handle physically demanding situations.
Enjoy physical and hands-on work.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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