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Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant

OTPASchool of Health Sciences

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Nicole Johnston

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.7876
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Program Overview

Rehabilitate your community as a highly valued, in-demand OTA and PTA

Train to be a valued member of a rehabilitation team, working directly with clients whose capacity to function has been impacted by injury, illness, or disease. Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physiotherapist assistants (PTA) both work in support roles under the direction of registered occupational therapists (OT) and physiotherapists (PT). An OT helps clients improve their ability to participate in meaningful life activities. A PT focuses on improving the client’s ability to move their body.  
A combination of practical skills and theoretical knowledge is delivered through classroom discussion, hands-on labs, and 540 hours of clinical placements in a variety of settings. As a valued member of a health care team, you’ll help clients follow rehabilitation treatment plans so they can excel in their personal and professional lives. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights 

  • Build skills in assessment, planning, and implementation of treatment plans and programs  
  • Compassionate and client-centred approach 
  • Apply classroom studies in extensive lab courses and in robust placements  
  • 540 hours of clinical placements at affiliated locations across Canada 
  • Potential career opportunities in a variety of health care settings 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C) or (U) or grade 12 biology (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

Placement requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to attend field placement courses. These requirements must be completed by the prescribed deadline prior to semester 3. Students are responsible for any expenses incurred in meeting these requirements.

  • CPR-HCP and First Aid training
  • N-95 mask fit testing
  • Obtain a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) certification
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) certification
  • Ministry of Labour 4-Step Work Health and Safety Awareness certification
  • Immunizations:
    • Varicella
    • Measles, mumps, rubella
    • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
    • Polio
    • Hepatitis B
    • Two-step tuberculosis screening
    • Influenza
    • COVID-19 immunization

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
COM 2425Client & Career Communication3
BIO 1680Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Conditions6
ENG 1121Research & Writing/Health Sciences3
HEA 1185Health Systems and Ethics3
HEA 1190Health Promotion and Wellness3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 2
BIO 2121Anatomy Physiology and Disease3
HEA 1171Seating and Mobility3
HEA 2010Assessments and Modalities3
HEA 2080Therapeutic Exercise3
HEA 1275OTA Clinical Approaches3
PSY 1135Issues in Developmental Psychology3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 3
HEA 1720Neurological Health Conditions3
HEA 2200Complex Health Conditions4
HEA 2330Exercise Modification2
HEA 2520Case Studies for OTA/PTA3
FPL 1302OTA/PTA Field Placement I5
Semester 4
HEA 2521Comprehensive Review3
FPL 1401OTA/PTA Field Placement II10
One General Education Course. 13
 Total Credits75

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$4,661.58Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Health Sciences

Cambrian offers a rich assortment of gratifying careers that focus on supporting health and improving well-being. Our on-campus dental and massage clinics provide opportunities for real-world experiences with the local community. Our MRI, medical lab, radiation technologist, and health analytics programs equip you with in-demand skills. From our state-of-the-art fitness lab to occupational and physiotherapy support training, there’s a program to transform your helpful nature into a career.

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Specific program pathway

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate from this program with a minimum 75% average you can receive 42 credits toward an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion (BPHE HEAL) at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.

Also, once you graduate, you may continue your studies at a college or university, and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as an OTA, PTA, OTA/PTA or Rehabilitation Assistant within a wide range of organizations and settings which include:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private retirement residences
  • Private practice clinics
  • Children’s treatment centers and schools
  • Home care
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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