Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant 

Program Length: 77 Weeks
Campus Locations:
Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton and Halifax

Would you like to be responsible for the daily rehabilitation of others? Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy Assistant graduates from Eastern College will play a critical role in assisting occupational therapists and physiotherapists with treatment plans for aging populations and those recovering from surgery or chronic conditions.

In the workplace, you’ll be responsible for aiding clients in their treatment plan, monitoring their progress, and discussing each individual’s development with the therapist to help patients better their way of life. Graduates will meet the standards of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association through a combination of theoretical study and hands-on workplace practicums.

The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant Program at Eastern College - Halifax Campus 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 April 30, 2014 for the period until April 30, 2020.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, c/o Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632,  

We pledge:
To offer a program of study that prepares the student for ethical practice and rigorous employment standards to meet workforce demand in the field of Occupational or Physiotherapy according to the National Guidelines of practice set forth by the CPA and CAOT.
To develop partnerships with agencies, businesses and associations in the healthcare industry to facilitate clinical training, life-long learning and social responsibility of faculty and students.

To participate in ongoing assessment of program outcomes, faculty effectiveness, student satisfaction and industry feedback to initiate improvement and strive for our goal of excellence in Occupational Therapy education.
To provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become gainfully employed as OTA/PTAs who effectively function under the supervision of a licensed therapist, and who are responsible, productive members of the health care community and society at large.
To instill value for life-long learning and contemporary practice to maintain expertise within the OT and PT professions.
To provide a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
To support the faculty’s commitment to being effective, ethical and caring educators and to further develop their expertise.

Program Highlights:
  • 18-week field placement
  • Work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists
  • CPR/First Aid Training
The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma program will qualify grads to pursue positions in Physiotherapy Clinics, Rehabilitation Centres and Sports Medicine Clinics. 

Are You Career Training Ready? Find Out!Take the Eastern College “Occupational & Physiotherapy Assistant Readiness Quiz”

  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status
  • Demonstrate fluency in English (oral and written)
  • Clear Code of Conduct
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with a Grade 12 level Science course(Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Current Criminal Record Check (Clear Conduct Certificate)
  • Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Complete a standardized health form, program of immunization (and chest x-rayas required)
  • Exposure to the PT and OT field through one of the following:
  1. Documented volunteer work
  2. Documented job shadowing
  3. Written or recorded interviews with both an OT and a PT
  4. A research paper outlining an understanding of both professions and reasons for choosing the OTA/PTA career
  5. Documented personal experience as a client with an OT and PT
  6. Documentation of attending sessions with an immediate family member undergoing OT and PT treatment 
  • Ability to participate in lab activities scheduled outside of normal class hours
NOC CODE: 3237, 3414
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