Assist patients to overcome injuries or impairments

    Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant

    PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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    Program length  

    6 terms

    Credential

    Diploma

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    TUITION & FEES


    Canadian
    Total: $18,464.00

    International
    Total: $43,220.00

     
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    ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

    • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
      • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2
      • 60% in ESLG 1860 or 70% in ESLG 1898
    • Mathematics – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
      • 50% in Mathematics 10C
    • Biology – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
      • 60% in Biology 30
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    Overview

    The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares students to work in today's interdisciplinary health-care systems. This program will provide students with a strong occupational and physical therapy assistant background, and incorporate essential assistant-level skills in speech language therapy and therapeutic recreation. Equipped with skills in these four rehabilitation disciplines, students will be prepared to meet industry demand and work in various general therapy, rehabilitation, as well as discipline-specific positions.

    If you enjoy helping people and want a career assisting patients to overcome injuries, or impairments, this diploma program could be for you.

    The program delivers theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills using a balance of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary courses.

    Program graduates will be prepared to:

    • communicate and collaborate as a valuable member of a client-centred interdisciplinary health-care team
    • assist with effective physical therapy and occupational therapy practice by providing safe and competent care across client populations
    • support other rehabilitation disciplines, including therapeutic recreation and speech-language pathology
    • demonstrate effective professionalism, leadership, and reflective practice skills

    Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the therapy assistant occupation. As a therapy assistant, you must be able to:

    • work shifts and weekends
    • be on your feet for extended periods of time
    • use your knees, back, and arms to assist clients
    • lift 30 pounds
    • touch and provide care for clients of all ages, cultures, and genders
    • manage time and resources in a busy work setting
    • communicate and collaborate effectively in a team
    • enjoy working with people

    Accreditation

    The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant program 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 June 17, 2021, for the period until June 30, 2027.

    For details regarding accreditation contact:
    OTA & PTA EAP, c/o PEAC
    Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario  N6J 1Y5
    1.226.636.0632
    www.otapta.ca

    Practicum/Work Experience

    This program includes five practicums with a minimum of 150 hours in each discipline.

    The practicum schedules follow the clinical site and preceptor’s schedule and may include days, evenings, or weekends. Student may be required to travel outside of their community to complete some of the practicums.  Access to a vehicle may be required.

    Location

    Edmonton, Online