Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant

Program Code: OPTA (Full-Time) Length of Program: Two-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (New Program)
Term 1 NSG-1183 Human Anatomy and Physiology I OPA-1003 Human Movement and Functions ENG-1033 Communications for Health Sciences IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspectives - Health OPA-1012 Introduction to Rehabilitation HGD-1013 Human Growth and Development PSY-1003 Psychology I GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 2 NSG-2183 Human Anatomy and Physiology II OPA-2003 OTA Skills: Occupation ENG-2033 Communications for Health Sciences II OPA-2013 Clinical Conditions in Rehabilitation OPA-2023 OTA/PTA Skills: Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise GED-XXX3 General Education Elective GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 3 OPA-3001 Field Experience Prep OPA-3026 OTA/PTA Skills: Transfers, Gait and Mobility OPA-3036 OTA/PTA Clinical Skills: Electrophysical Modalities and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation OPA-3046 OTA Clinical Skills: Person and the Environment OPA-3056 Enhanced Therapeutic Skills OPAF-3018 Field Experience I Term 4 OPA-4003 Clinical Case Studies: Consolidation OPA-4013 Rehabilitation: Broader Perspectives and Current Trends OPA-4023 Professional Practice OPAF-4018 Field Experience II OPA-4034 Capstone Consolidation

With ever-increasing numbers of aging people requiring assistance to continue a full life and with changes to the way health care services are delivered, the need has never been greater for Occupational Therapists (OTs), Physiotherapists (PTs) and their assistants.

The Lambton College Occupational Therapist & Physiotherapist Assistant, Ontario College Diploma program will train students to help people of all ages as they strive to recover and regain functional independence from injury, trauma, surgery, or chronic health conditions or illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and mental illness. 

This new and exciting program is being offered in the state-of-practice NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre. The unique program curriculum will engage students throughout a four-semester program, as students learn how to assist clients to achieve their health goals. Students develop the ability to work with both professions as they focus their studies on occupational therapy and physical therapy education. The integration of in-class studies with hands-on experience is accomplished through rich experiential learning opportunities and practice in a range of clinical settings. 

As with many other health-related fields, this program is suitable for compassionate, empathetic students who possess a concern for the well-being of others.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subjects of English and Math. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

The Lambton College Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant, Ontario College Diploma program prepares graduates for a broad range of employment opportunities. As Occupational Therapy Assistants and Physiotherapy Assistants, graduates can expect a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities that are dynamic and challenging.

Graduates may work as Occupational Therapy Assistants and Physiotherapy Assistants in various employment settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community care facilities, mental health agencies, clinics, community and government agencies and schools.

Tuition Fees
Tuition fees will be determined in Spring 2019.

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