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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSISTANT

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:Morning or Afternoon
DURATION:77 Weeks
FIELD PLACEMENT:Available
CAMPUSES:Specific ( INQUIRE )
NOC Code:3237, 3414
PROGRAM OUTLINEOTPA Program Outline NBOTPA Program Outline NS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, www.otapta.ca.

For more information on the accreditation, please refer to details in the “Accreditation” section below.

STUDENTS RECEIVE

  • 18-week field placement
  • Work under the supervision of Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists
  • CPR/First Aid Training

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED EASTERN GRADS

The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma program will qualify grads to pursue positions in Physiotherapy Clinics, Rehabilitation Centres and Sports Medicine Clinics.

  • Yarmouth Regional Hospital
  • Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Accel Physical Therapy
  • Oakwood Terrace
  • Ocean View Continuing Care Centre
  • Goodlife Fitness

ACCREDITATION (NS)

OTPA Program Mission:
Improve Nova Scotia’s ability to meet its health human resources needs by preparing students for entry-level positions as physiotherapist and occupational therapist assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and professionalism required to assist physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the safe, effective and efficient delivery of evidence-informed rehabilitation services.

OTPA Program Vision:
Improving the health and wellness of Nova Scotians through excellent PTA and OTA education.

OTPA Program Philosophy:
The Eastern College OTPA program believes in creating a stimulating, respectful, participatory learning environment that allows each student to use his or her unique skills and attributes to develop into a competent, caring and responsible healthcare professional. Eastern College faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an educational experience that promotes the core values of compassion and responsibility, that emphasizes professional skills and attitudes, and that equips students with the skills needed to become lifelong learners.  

OTPA Program Goals: 
1. The Eastern College OTPA program will provide rehabilitation employers with the well trained support personnel required to address their human resource needs.
2. Graduates of the Eastern College OTPA program will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assist physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the safe, effective and efficient delivery of evidence-informed rehabilitation services.
3. Graduates of the Eastern College OTPA program will be able to secure available entry-level OTA/PTA positions, or related positions in the healthcare or fitness fields, that suit their unique interests and abilities.
4. The Eastern College OTPA program will meet the standards established by the Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program.
5. Graduates of the Eastern College OTPA program will have the skills and attitudes required to engage in lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

Graduates of the Eastern College OTPA program will be able to educate others about their role, scope of practice and value as members of the healthcare team.

INCLUDED COURSES

SELECT PROVINCE : NBNS


Advanced Interpersonal and Communication Skills

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice the interpersonal and communication skills required to work effectively in a health care team. Through an experiential learning approach, students practice the following skills: leading teamwork, establishing team norms, setting team goals, resolving conflicts, building group cohesion, problem solving, and evaluating team performance. Engagement in and facilitation of effective verbal and nonverbal communication is explored.

Communication Disorders

This course provides students with an overview of major speech and language problems that can impair the rehabilitation client's ability to communicate effectively. Students learn strategies to improve interactions with clients with communication disorders, and are introduced to common assistive communication devices. The course also provides students with a basic understanding of swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

St. John Ambulance Enhanced First Aid with Level C CPR

This module introduces participants to intermediate first aid techniques and to Level C cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This training is ideal for medical workers and anyone requiring a strong foundation for future First Aid training.

Current Social Issues for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant

Issues such as population growth, forms of the family, organized religion, censorship and the status of women are treated from a sociological perspective. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing students’ critical thinking and writing skills.

Data Collection for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistants

This course introduces students to data collection in physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Students will learn to safely and effectively apply a range of tests and outcome measures and will learn to accurately interpret, record and report results.

Developmental Psychology and Functional Development across the Lifespan

This subject introduces students to human development from birth to old age, including cognitive, social, emotional and motor development. The purpose of this course is to help students become familiar with the “normal” changes that occur across the lifespan, so they will be able to distinguish between normal developmental changes and those that are pathological in nature. In addition, this course will help students develop a more holistic view of the clients they will be working with, as well as gain insight into the developmental changes in their own lives.

Expository Writing

Expository writing and speech surround us in our everyday lives. At work, people are required to produce reports and memorandums to inform their superiors and co-workers. This course will help build the oral and written expository skills needed for workplace success. Activities include reading assignments, class discussions, lectures on essay-writing technique, writing assignments and group work.

Field Placement - Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant

In this combined program of study, efforts will be made to evenly divide Field Placements between the two disciplines. The Placements will be scheduled to insure each student obtains a minimum of 30% experience in occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Students are expected to attend each placement a minimum of 35 hours per week.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

This course introduces the student to the field of occupational therapy, with a focus on the role of the OT and OTA within clinical practice. Client-centred principles are explained and the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement is applied to daily activities. The code of ethics and standards that guide occupational therapy practice in Ontario are also examined. An overview of assessment and intervention as it applies to occupational therapy for cognitive and physical dysfunction is presented.

Introduction to Rehabilitation and Interpersonal Skills

This course introduces the student to the field of physiotherapy within the Canadian and Ontario healthcare systems. The course examines the role of the PT and the PTA within the healthcare team, discusses ethical and legal issues in physiotherapy, and examines the principles of cultural competence. The course also introduces students to effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication strategies. Several topics discussed in this course apply to OTA practice such as ethics, communication skills, cultural competence and professionalism.

Mental Health Illness and Disability

This course provides an overview of physiotherapy practice in mental health. Students will become familiar with major mental health disorders and the role of physiotherapy in the management of these illnesses. Through role play activities, students will practice strategies to interact effectively and sensitively with clients with mental health concerns, including responding appropriately to mental health emergencies. In addition, through group presentations, students will discuss the appropriate use of relaxation exercises in physiotherapy and practice administering these techniques.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Children

This course prepares students to enable engagement in meaningful activities of daily living with children and adolescents. Topics covered include typical and atypical development, developmental theories, diagnoses related to pediatrics, assessment tools, and interventions for children and adolescents regarding self-care, productivity and leisure. The concept of family-centred care is applied to the occupational therapy process. The role of the OTA in understanding and contributing to the occupational therapy plan, and in supporting the OT in service delivery is explored.

Group Intervention in Occupational Therapy

This course prepares students to assist in the design and delivery of group treatment programs in occupational therapy. Through interactive labs, students apply the principles of group intervention directly to their own experience, learn how to lead an occupational therapy group, and realize the potential benefits and challenges of group intervention. The stages of group development as well as various frames of reference related to group intervention are examined. Students also have the opportunity to write a group protocol for a client population of their choosing.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques in Mental Health

In this course, students build on previous coursework by focusing on therapeutic use of self, activity and environment, as it applies to working with clients with psychiatric disorders. Topics covered include diagnoses and medication related to mental illness, and interventions with clients regarding performance of daily activities, education, work, leisure, and social participation. Students develop the skills needed to perform activity analysis, and to describe and respond to mental health symptoms.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Older Adults

This course prepares students to enable engagement in occupation with older adults. Topics covered include health promotion, age related disease processes, cultural diversity, splinting, seating systems, wheelchair mobility, and working with caregivers. Students develop skills to address physical and cognitive challenges that impact daily function in older adults. The role of the OTA in safely and efficiently implementing assigned service components within the occupational therapy process is examined. Students also apply evidence-informed research to occupational therapy intervention.

Basic Patient Care, Functional Movement and Rehabilitation

This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist or occupational therapist. The course begins with a review of the role of the PTA/OTA, an overview of basic medical terminology, and an introduction to reflective practice. This is followed by training in infection control, goniometry, and manual muscle testing. The rest of the course focuses on fundamental client care techniques including: posture and body mechanics, positioning and draping, basic bed mobility skills and transfer techniques, safe and effective use of gait aids, and therapeutic exercise.

Personal Fitness

This course will prepare students to develop personal fitness programs for low risk clients. Students will learn how to determine exercise risk and gather information on current fitness level. They will use this information to incorporate cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and stretching into a safe and effective exercise program.

Professional Skills for Health Care

This module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for success in today’s health care environment. Topics covered include: which jobs require professionalism, definitions and key elements of professionalism, why professionalism is important to all involved in the health care environment, the importance of interprofessional collaboration in a health care setting, making a commitment to the job, how to contribute to the specialized workplace, working with others and ensuring success in the field placement and career.

Human Anatomy, Physiology, Diseases/Disorders

This course is designed to introduce the student to the structures and functions of the human body, with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as they pertain to human movement, functional kinesiology, and rehabilitation. Disorders of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems encountered in physiotherapy and occupational therapy are discussed. The course also provides an overview of the other systems of the body. Correct anatomical, medical and scientific terminology are taught throughout the course.

PTA/OTA Administration and Program Support

The main purposes of this course are to prepare students to a) manage administrative activities that support effective service delivery, b) support the supervising therapist in applying an evidence-informed approach in their services, and c) engage in self-directed life long learning through the development of a specific learning plan. Students will practice administrative tasks such as scheduling and billing clients, documenting workload statistics, facilitating the use of equipment, supplies and inventory records, and searching for evidence regarding a clinical question. They will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning needs and develop a specific learning plan. In addition, in the context of effective client reception and scheduling, students will practice using a variety of strategies to prevent and resolve conflict.

PTA/OTA Integration and Advanced Practice

In this course, students will consolidate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the program. Students will apply their problem solving, communication, inter-professional and practical skills in case studies, role plays and simulations. The course will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their existing clinical skills. In addition, advanced practical skills will be introduced.

Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 3 - Cardiac, Neurological, Respiratory and Specialty Areas

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist to improve the mobility, health and well-being of clients with neurological, cardiac or respiratory conditions. The course emphasizes work with adults, but also addresses common pediatric conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and cystic fibrosis. In addition, the course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to work in specialty areas such as burns and vestibular rehabilitation.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 2 - Modalities & Physical Agents

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently apply modalities and physical agents. Students learn to ensure client safety by screening for contraindications and precautions and by participating in the maintenance and care of equipment. In addition, through daily lab work and a case study assignment, students integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework, such as those related to communication skills and interprofessional collaboration.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 1 - Musculoskeletal

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist to treat common musculoskeletal disorders. Students build on previous coursework to develop a deeper understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies and the use of therapeutic exercise and other interventions to support clients’ function and mobility. In addition, through daily lab work and a challenging case study assignment, students integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework such as those related to communication skills, teamwork, client-centered care and evidence-informed practice.


Advanced Interpersonal and Communication Skills

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice the interpersonal and communication skills required to work effectively in a health care team. Through an experiential learning approach, students practice the following skills: leading teamwork, establishing team norms, setting team goals, resolving conflicts, building group cohesion, problem solving, and evaluating team performance. Engagement in and facilitation of effective verbal and nonverbal communication is explored.

Communication Disorders

This course provides students with an overview of major speech and language problems that can impair the rehabilitation client's ability to communicate effectively. Students learn strategies to improve interactions with clients with communication disorders, and are introduced to common assistive communication devices. The course also provides students with a basic understanding of swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

St. John Ambulance Enhanced First Aid with Level C CPR

This module introduces participants to intermediate first aid techniques and to Level C cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This training is ideal for medical workers and anyone requiring a strong foundation for future First Aid training.

Current Social Issues for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant

Issues such as population growth, forms of the family, organized religion, censorship and the status of women are treated from a sociological perspective. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing students’ critical thinking and writing skills.

Data Collection for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistants

This course introduces students to data collection in physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Students will learn to safely and effectively apply a range of tests and outcome measures and will learn to accurately interpret, record and report results.

Developmental Psychology and Functional Development across the Lifespan

This subject introduces students to human development from birth to old age, including cognitive, social, emotional and motor development. The purpose of this course is to help students become familiar with the “normal” changes that occur across the lifespan, so they will be able to distinguish between normal developmental changes and those that are pathological in nature. In addition, this course will help students develop a more holistic view of the clients they will be working with, as well as gain insight into the developmental changes in their own lives.

Expository Writing

Expository writing and speech surround us in our everyday lives. At work, people are required to produce reports and memorandums to inform their superiors and co-workers. This course will help build the oral and written expository skills needed for workplace success. Activities include reading assignments, class discussions, lectures on essay-writing technique, writing assignments and group work.

Field Placement - Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant

In this combined program of study, efforts will be made to evenly divide Field Placements between the two disciplines. The Placements will be scheduled to insure each student obtains a minimum of 30% experience in occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Students are expected to attend each placement a minimum of 35 hours per week.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

This course introduces the student to the field of occupational therapy, with a focus on the role of the OT and OTA within clinical practice. Client-centred principles are explained and the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement is applied to daily activities. The code of ethics and standards that guide occupational therapy practice in Ontario are also examined. An overview of assessment and intervention as it applies to occupational therapy for cognitive and physical dysfunction is presented.

Introduction to Rehabilitation and Interpersonal Skills

This course introduces the student to the field of physiotherapy within the Canadian and Ontario healthcare systems. The course examines the role of the PT and the PTA within the healthcare team, discusses ethical and legal issues in physiotherapy, and examines the principles of cultural competence. The course also introduces students to effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication strategies. Several topics discussed in this course apply to OTA practice such as ethics, communication skills, cultural competence and professionalism.

Mental Health Illness and Disability

This course provides an overview of physiotherapy practice in mental health. Students will become familiar with major mental health disorders and the role of physiotherapy in the management of these illnesses. Through role play activities, students will practice strategies to interact effectively and sensitively with clients with mental health concerns, including responding appropriately to mental health emergencies. In addition, through group presentations, students will discuss the appropriate use of relaxation exercises in physiotherapy and practice administering these techniques.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Children

This course prepares students to enable engagement in meaningful activities of daily living with children and adolescents. Topics covered include typical and atypical development, developmental theories, diagnoses related to pediatrics, assessment tools, and interventions for children and adolescents regarding self-care, productivity and leisure. The concept of family-centred care is applied to the occupational therapy process. The role of the OTA in understanding and contributing to the occupational therapy plan, and in supporting the OT in service delivery is explored.

Group Intervention in Occupational Therapy

This course prepares students to assist in the design and delivery of group treatment programs in occupational therapy. Through interactive labs, students apply the principles of group intervention directly to their own experience, learn how to lead an occupational therapy group, and realize the potential benefits and challenges of group intervention. The stages of group development as well as various frames of reference related to group intervention are examined. Students also have the opportunity to write a group protocol for a client population of their choosing.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques in Mental Health

In this course, students build on previous coursework by focusing on therapeutic use of self, activity and environment, as it applies to working with clients with psychiatric disorders. Topics covered include diagnoses and medication related to mental illness, and interventions with clients regarding performance of daily activities, education, work, leisure, and social participation. Students develop the skills needed to perform activity analysis, and to describe and respond to mental health symptoms.

OTA Therapeutic Techniques for Older Adults

This course prepares students to enable engagement in occupation with older adults. Topics covered include health promotion, age related disease processes, cultural diversity, splinting, seating systems, wheelchair mobility, and working with caregivers. Students develop skills to address physical and cognitive challenges that impact daily function in older adults. The role of the OTA in safely and efficiently implementing assigned service components within the occupational therapy process is examined. Students also apply evidence-informed research to occupational therapy intervention.

Basic Patient Care, Functional Movement and Rehabilitation

This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist or occupational therapist. The course begins with a review of the role of the PTA/OTA, an overview of basic medical terminology, and an introduction to reflective practice. This is followed by training in infection control, goniometry, and manual muscle testing. The rest of the course focuses on fundamental client care techniques including: posture and body mechanics, positioning and draping, basic bed mobility skills and transfer techniques, safe and effective use of gait aids, and therapeutic exercise.

Personal Fitness

This course will prepare students to develop personal fitness programs for low risk clients. Students will learn how to determine exercise risk and gather information on current fitness level. They will use this information to incorporate cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and stretching into a safe and effective exercise program.

Professional Skills for Health Care

This module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for success in today’s health care environment. Topics covered include: which jobs require professionalism, definitions and key elements of professionalism, why professionalism is important to all involved in the health care environment, the importance of interprofessional collaboration in a health care setting, making a commitment to the job, how to contribute to the specialized workplace, working with others and ensuring success in the field placement and career.

Human Anatomy, Physiology, Diseases/Disorders

This course is designed to introduce the student to the structures and functions of the human body, with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as they pertain to human movement, functional kinesiology, and rehabilitation. Disorders of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory systems encountered in physiotherapy and occupational therapy are discussed. The course also provides an overview of the other systems of the body. Correct anatomical, medical and scientific terminology are taught throughout the course.

PTA/OTA Administration and Program Support

The main purposes of this course are to prepare students to a) manage administrative activities that support effective service delivery, b) support the supervising therapist in applying an evidence-informed approach in their services, and c) engage in self-directed life long learning through the development of a specific learning plan. Students will practice administrative tasks such as scheduling and billing clients, documenting workload statistics, facilitating the use of equipment, supplies and inventory records, and searching for evidence regarding a clinical question. They will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning needs and develop a specific learning plan. In addition, in the context of effective client reception and scheduling, students will practice using a variety of strategies to prevent and resolve conflict.

PTA/OTA Integration and Advanced Practice

In this course, students will consolidate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the program. Students will apply their problem solving, communication, inter-professional and practical skills in case studies, role plays and simulations. The course will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their existing clinical skills. In addition, advanced practical skills will be introduced.

Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 3 - Cardiac, Neurological, Respiratory and Specialty Areas

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist to improve the mobility, health and well-being of clients with neurological, cardiac or respiratory conditions. The course emphasizes work with adults, but also addresses common pediatric conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and cystic fibrosis. In addition, the course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to work in specialty areas such as burns and vestibular rehabilitation.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 2 - Modalities & Physical Agents

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently apply modalities and physical agents. Students learn to ensure client safety by screening for contraindications and precautions and by participating in the maintenance and care of equipment. In addition, through daily lab work and a case study assignment, students integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework, such as those related to communication skills and interprofessional collaboration.

PTA Therapeutic Techniques 1 - Musculoskeletal

This course prepares students to safely, effectively and efficiently implement interventions assigned by the physiotherapist to treat common musculoskeletal disorders. Students build on previous coursework to develop a deeper understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies and the use of therapeutic exercise and other interventions to support clients’ function and mobility. In addition, through daily lab work and a challenging case study assignment, students integrate and apply the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework such as those related to communication skills, teamwork, client-centered care and evidence-informed practice.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (New Brunswick ONLY)

• Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status
• Demonstrate fluency in English (oral and written)
• Clear Code of Conduct

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (Nova Scotia ONLY)

• Grade 12 or equivalent, or if none, Wonderlic test with a minimum of 14
• Grade 12 level English and a science course (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
• Current Criminal Record Check (Clear Conduct Certificate)
• Vulnerable Sector Search
• Completion of Eastern College's OTPA Health and Fitness Waiver Form
• Exposure to the PT and OT field through one of the following:
o Written or recorded interviews with both an OT and a PT
o An essay outlining an understanding of both professions and reasons for choosing the OTA/PTA career

FIELDWORK PLACEMENT REQUIREMENT:Students will be required to complete the two-step Tuberculin Skin Test prior to the start of the program. On enrollment, the College will provide students with a detailed immunization form (based on Nova Scotia Health Authority standards) which must be completed prior to the stipulated start date of the fieldwork placement.

These immunizations are for the protection of the student as well as the clients they will be serving. Failure to obtain the required immunizations and submit the immunization form by the stipulated date may affect the student’s ability to find a fieldwork placement, which in turn will impact the student’s ability to complete program requirements for successful graduation.

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