Assist patients to overcome injuries or impairments

    Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant

    PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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    QUICK FACTS

    Program length  

    6 terms

    Credential

    Diploma

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    TUITION & FEES


    Canadian
    Total: $16,686.00

    International
    Total: $40,476.00

     
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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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    Further Opportunities

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    Transferability

    Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant diploma program graduates are eligible for block transfer credit or admission into the following post-secondary programs:

    Athabasca University

    • Bachelor of Health Administration (up to 42 credits)
    • Bachelor of Professional Arts Human Services (up to 30 credits)
    • Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma) in Human Science (30 credits)

    NAIT

    • Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management

    Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC)

    • Bachelor of Health Science (up to 57 credits)
    • Bachelor of General Studies (up to 60 credits)

    University of Calgary

    • Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation

    Additional credit transfer agreements with various institutions are currently in negotiation. Visit Transfer Alberta to look up courses that are accepted by other post-secondary institutions.

    Career Potential

    Graduating interdisciplinary therapy assistants will have the ability to work within both the public and private health-care systems as multi-skilled professionals. The key role of therapy assistants is to provide direct and indirect client care which focuses on recovering function through rehabilitation under the supervision of a therapist.

    The therapy assistant also plays a key role in collaborating and communicating with all stakeholders to optimize services, and in continually maintaining and enhancing their level of competency. Settings can include private clinics, hospitals, continuing care centres, rehabilitation centres, clinics, and home care.

    Employers advertise for therapy assistants frequently using the following terms:
    • therapy assistants
    • rehabilitation assistants
    • physical therapy assistants
    • occupational therapy assistants
    • health care assistants
    • therapy aides

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    To research your career, you may complete a Career Investigation Report (pdf).