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Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Cambrian College

Faculty:Health Sciences
Field of Study:Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,634
International: $17,411

The cost reflects tuition for the first year of the program. Tuition will vary for subsequent years.


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.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •   Biology 
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)
Additional Admission 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

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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