What to expect from the program
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
There are two main ways to complete the program:
Attend face-to-face classes at our Edmonton campus with instructors and classmates. Due to the more demanding course load, this in-person option is best suited for students who can commit to full-time studies each term. All courses must be taken in the preplanned order. For options to complete the program part-time in person over 3-4 years, consult with the program area for a customized learning plan.
3 – 4 years (there is no option to complete online over 2 years)
Learn online from the comfort of your home. While online options are available for lecture material, students must attend labs and practicums in person. The online option is best suited for students who do not live in Edmonton, and/or need more flexibility in their schedules.
Online courses include a mix of “online real time” with live online classes with scheduled times and “online anytime” where you study and complete your assignments on your own schedule. Courses have a fixed start date and end dates as well as assignment deadlines. Real-time instructor support is available on request. Labs must be completed by coming to the Edmonton campus approximately five times for a total of 21 days.
For further details about the online stream, please review our ITA student handbook p. 44
Graduate with experience
NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.
You’ll graduate this program after completing five practicums with a minimum of 150 hours in each discipline.
Your practicum may be in your community or close by. Your schedule may include day, evening, or weekend shifts. You will work full-time during the practicum and provide your own transportation to the facility.