Physical Therapy Assistant - Overview

Program Overview

The Physical Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares you with the theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to assist patients in overcoming physical injury or disability. Includes two 6-week practicum experiences in physical therapy settings.

The fast-track delivery of 16 months of full-time study has graduates enter the workforce sooner.

This program is currently at capacity for the Fall 2016 full-time face-to-face delivery at the Edmonton main campus, and is no longer accepting applications for the waiting list. Seats are still available in the online delivery option. If you are on the waiting list, seats typically become available one week prior to the start of term and during the first week of classes, and can be filled by students who are able to attend on short notice. Check your MyMail regularly so you don’t miss an opportunity that may become available.

Career Potential

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to work as a physical therapy assistant in rehabilitation hospitals, acute care centres, physical therapy clinics, continuing care centres, special care facilities, schools, and home care programs.

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Program Length

2 years; fast track delivery of 16 months of full-time studies

Delivery Options

Full-time (FT), Online
  • Fall Term 2016: full-time, face-to-face studies at the Edmonton downtown campus
  • Fall, winter, and spring terms: online (self-paced, with lab workshops).

This two-year diploma is offered in a full-time, on-campus, fast-track delivery of 16 months of full-time study to have graduates enter the workforce sooner


Anywhere, Edmonton Downtown

Credential Outcome


Term Start

Fall Start (September), Winter Start (January), Spring Start (May)