Diploma in Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant


Program Description

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (3022) 2 Years - 4 Semesters Ontario College Diploma Program Overview

With this program, you'll help others develop skills and perform exercises that will both help strengthen and encourage your clients as they recover from an injury or accident or overcome a challenge.

As a student in the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma program, you will gain hands-on experience to help prepare you to work in both fields of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist and/or a Physiotherapist. In addition, you will:

  • Learn to assist individuals to regain or maintain independent function and mobility
  • Participate in introductory fieldwork activities beginning in the first semester and gain valuable training from experienced clinicians in the workplace
  • Experience student centered learning in active classrooms and small labs with individualized attention
  • Have the opportunity to transfer to other Universities to pursue a degree

Accreditation Status:

The OTA & PTA Program at Sault 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 granted to the program on November 30, 2016, for the period until November 30, 2022.

Program Mission Statement:

The Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Sault College is committed to empowering students to become self-directed lifelong learners in the fields of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. Graduates of the program, as entry-level workers, shall have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to perform the duties of an Occupational Therapist Assistant and a Physiotherapist Assistant. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive an Ontario College Diploma.

Program of Study

Semester 1

  • CMM115 - 3 Communications I
  • OPA101 - 3 Fitness & Wellness: Principles and Applications
  • OPA103 - 5 Human Anatomy
  • OPA104 - 4 Human Movement
  • OPA116 - 2 Fieldwork Practicum I
  • OPA117 - 2 Interpersonal Communication in Rehabilitation I
  • OPA118 - 2 The Health Care System and Rehabilitation
  • PSY120 - 3 Lifespan Development

Semester 2

  • OPA107 - 3 Applied Human Movement
  • OPA109 - 3 Physical Agents
  • OPA110 - 3 Physiotherapy Clinical Skills I
  • OPA115 - 6 Occupational Therapy Principles and Clinical Skills I
  • OPA130 - 3 Clinical Pathology I
  • OPA131 - 5 Fieldwork Practicum II
  • GEN100 - 3 Global Citizenship

Semester 3

  • OPA203 - 3 Physiotherapy Clinical Skills II
  • OPA204 - 3 Occupational Therapy Clinical Skills II
  • OPA214 - 3 Mental Health Conditions & Psychosocial Issues
  • OPA216 - 3 Clinical Pathology II
  • OPA217 - 5 Fieldwork Practicum III
  • OPA218 - 3 Interpersonal Communication in Rehabilitation II
  • GAS103 - 3 What in the World is Going On?
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GAS109 - 3 Music and Pop Culture
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GAS116 - 3 Your Two Cents
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GEN110 - 3 Student Selected General Education
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • HDG122 - 3 Personal and Academic Success Strategies
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • SSC102 - 3 Introduction to Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • Student Selected General Education *

Note: *Students must choose one of the identified Student Selected General Education Courses Semester 4

  • OPA208 - 6 Clinical Case Studies
  • OPA209 - 2 Documentation Skills for the OTA/PTA
  • OPA211 - 1 Professional Topics in Rehabilitation
  • OPA226 - 10 Fieldwork Practicum IV
  • OPA227 - 10 Fieldwork Practicum V
  • OPA228 - 2 Communication Disorders in Rehabilitation

Dress Code

Dress Code for Fieldwork

As a student in the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Sault College, you will develop a professional image and professional behaviors for fieldwork placements. Presenting oneself as a professional is expected by the public served, by the facilities which provide fieldwork opportunities and by the Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who will supervise you. When on fieldwork assignments you will wear school uniforms, which consist of Scrubs with Name and Logo. The detailed information regarding the purchase and use of the uniform will be provided in class in September, Semester One. Footwear must consist of White Duty or Athletic Shoes (closed heel and toe, non-skid soles).

Clinical and Field Placements

As a student in the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Sault College you will begin your first fieldwork assignments in Semester One. You will tour the facilities in Sault Ste. Marie where students are placed in subsequent semesters and become familiar with policies and procedures in a healthcare setting. The Sault College Physiotherapy Clinic on campus provides services to the students and staff at Sault College, and enables Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant students to gain fieldwork placements on campus.

The Health Science Simulation Lab will also be part of your fieldwork preparation. You will have the opportunity to work with high fidelity mannequins, learning how to take vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate. You will participate in patient simulations such as total hip replacements, amputations and strokes.

In Semesters 2 and 3 you will experience a variety of clinical and community fieldwork placements such as: Sault College Physiotherapy Clinic (information provided under Services), Hospitals, Long Term Care Facilities, Retirement Homes, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Clinics, Children`s Rehabilitation Centres, Community Care Access Centres (Home Care), Schools, Community Agencies such as March of Dimes, Breaking Away and the Sault Ste. Marie Accessibility Centre.

In the latter part of Semester 4, you will complete fieldwork hours on a full-time basis for at least eight weeks, where you may gain valuable work experience and employment references. Students may be assigned as many as two out-of-town fieldwork placements, which could include centers anywhere in the province of Ontario. Any expenses related to travel and accommodation during fieldwork will be the responsibility of each student.

Applicants will be required to submit documentation of the following fieldwork requirements in September of Semester One in order to be eligible to participate in fieldwork assignments: A current (within one year) Police Records Search is required as you will participate in fieldwork placements which will involve some unsupervised access to vulnerable persons.

All costs associated to these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

CPR (Level C), WHMIS, and First Aid Certificates: Students are required to provide evidence of current certification for these. Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR (C Level) certification throughout their program. Proof of N95 Mask Fit Test is required. Successful mask fit testing requires a clean shaven face (minimal facial hair) to administer the test. An Immunization & Health Record Form from the Sault College Health Services office must be completed.

As a student of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Sault College you will be required to show evidence of the following immunization requirements:

  • Required: Two-step TB test initially, with the One-step repeated yearly; Immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella; Current tetanus-diphtheria
  • Recommended: Current influenza immunization; Hep-B Vaccination

A Statement of Confidentiality will be signed prior to beginning any fieldwork assignments.

Due to the physical nature of some of the skills and competencies required for success in the program, a physical demands analysis may be requested by the field placement facility.

In some circumstances students may need to complete their fieldwork hours in the spring semester.

For Additional Information please see the following "Fact Sheet"

**Please note tuition prices on this sheet are for Domestic students, NOT International students **


Last updated Apr 2019

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