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Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1111
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform their role as occupational therapist assistants and physiotherapist assistants (OTAs and PTAs). OTAs and PTAs may perform functions common to both occupational therapy and physiotherapy practice settings and are primarily responsible for implementation of treatment plans to promote physical functioning or to enhance participation in activities of daily living for individuals with a wide range of health conditions.

The program integrates classroom theory with hands-on practical skills learning in living lab settings. To enhance critical thinking, decision making and leadership skills, the program makes use of diverse learning opportunities such as small group case-based learning, simulation exercises, applied learning projects and e-learning. Exposure to clinical experiences across a variety of clinical settings is integrated into the curriculum to ensure students have an opportunity to apply skills in a supervised setting.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Waitlist) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 50

Note:

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant - Program # 1111

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2310.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4230.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $78.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2284.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4204.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant - Program # 1111



Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7379.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14104.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $78.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7353.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14078.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to enter the health-care industry working in various health-care settings (e.g., hospitals, retirement homes or long-term care facilities, private rehabilitation clinics and other health-related community agencies) as an occupational therapist and physiotherapist assistant under the supervision of a licensed physiotherapist or occupational therapist. This two-year diploma program is not a direct route to becoming a registered OT or PT. Applicants are advised to seek career counselling support to determine appropriate pathways for entry into the master's degree program to become a registered OT and/or PT if this is a route they wish to take.

85% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $28,595.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FIT1080 Fit for Work, Fit for Life

Description: This course focuses on the theoretical and practical use of proactive and preventive behaviour to improve personal health and wellness. Students will develop strategies to improve their quality of life and reduce impediments to personal, academic, and future work success. Through lessons, collaboration, peer review, and personal reflection, students will examine concepts such as health literacy, behaviour modification, lifestyle psychology, positive psychology, stress management, addictive behaviour, and mental health. Through experiential learning, students will develop and practice strategies to improve on areas related to physical fitness, eating habits, sleep patterns, self-awareness, critical thinking and resilience. “Fit for Work, Fit for Life” will provide students a personal understanding of their role in a wide variety of personal and professional settings.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OPA1000 Anatomy of Movement

Description: The student will be introduced to the structure and function of the key body systems involved in human movement. The course will focus on the skeletal, muscular and peripheral nervous systems and will include gross and surface anatomy. Students will learn to inspect, palpate and move the structures of the body, enabling them to appreciate the three-dimensional nature of the body and its movement potential.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OPA1010 Orientation to Rehabilitation

Description: This course will provide the conceptual foundations required to assist in the practice of occupational therapy and physiotherapy in addition to preparatory knowledge for entry into a clinical fieldwork setting. Using a combination of small group case based learning and large group lectures, students will explore the interaction between the health condition of an individual and the contextual factors of the environment as well as personal factors using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. In addition to philosophical, professional, and ethical concepts in rehabilitation that support the role and scope of practice for support personnel in occupational therapy and physiotherapy, students will be introduced to basic medical terminology and clinical documentation skills. Students will begin the development of a portfolio which will serve as a basis for a professional portfolio that can be used upon graduation.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OPA1020 Fundamentals of Patient Care

Description: This course integrates theory and lab activities to give the student the foundational skills to ensure safe client contact. Building on the knowledge of the human body learned in Anatomy courses, students will apply knowledge of the muscular and skeletal systems to movement of the human body. Students will learn the techniques and tools used to handle, position, and transfer clients across the lifespan, and will be instructed on standard or routine practices necessary for safety in the workplace.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PNUR1035 Anatomy And Physiology

Description: The focus of this on-line course is on the basic structure and function of the human body. Knowledge of the theories of homeostasis and the basic structure of cells, tissues, organs, and systems provides the student with a solid preparation for more detailed physiology in Physiology & Pathophysiology. Basic microbiology related to practice and human disease is included. A weekly one-hour tutorial is available to assist the student to be successful in this course.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
OPA1200 Interpersonal Skills and Therapeutic Relationships

Description: This course will provide students with the essential principles and skills of interpersonal communication required to establish effective relationships with clients, families and other health care professionals. An emphasis on self-awareness, active listening skills, conflict management, cultural diversity and maintenance of professional boundaries will be included and basic competencies supportive of collaborative practice will be integrated throughout the course. Role play and simulation of clinical situations with standardized patients will be employed to enable students to apply theory and practice skills and to reflect on their experiences while developing these skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1010
CoRequisites:

OPA1210 Clinical Placement I

Description: Students will use this first clinical fieldwork experience to develop role clarity and to explore the responsibilities of the OTA/PTA in a health care setting and to apply theory and practical skills learned to date. Students will interact with members of the health care team as they begin to apply the knowledge they have gained to date. While supervised by a Registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist or formally trained OTA/PTA, students will observe and participate in the rehabilitation treatment of clients.
Hours: 75
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1000, OPA1020, PNUR1035, OPA1010, OHS1320
CoRequisites:

OPA1220 Practice Skills - Foundations of Occupational Therapy

Description: This integrated lecture and lab course provides an introduction to relevant theory, principles and basic clinical skills for occupational therapy practice. Core concepts such as activity analysis, grading, adapting and the teaching and learning process will be applied to the clinical management of basic activities of daily living and environmental accessibility. Emphasis is on a basic understanding of the relationship between occupational performance components of an individual, the influence of the environment and the impact on occupational performance areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1000, OPA1020, PNUR1035, OPA1010
CoRequisites:

OPA1230 Practice Skills - Modalities

Description: Students will rely on their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology while studying the major uses of, rationale for and precautions and contradictions for the therapeutic modalities most commonly used by the PTA. Skills involved in preparation for, application of and observation of patient response to the modalities will be acquired in a lab setting.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1000, OPA1020, PNUR1035, OPA1010
CoRequisites:

OPA1240 Practice Skills - Exercise

Description: This course introduces the student to therapeutic exercise, the most common intervention used in Physical Therapy care plans. Using an integrated approach to theory and practice, students will gain an understanding of the rationale for various exercise techniques. They will learn to utilize and adapt exercise techniques and tools safely and effectively within the scope of the PTA.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1000, OPA1020, PNUR1035
CoRequisites:

OPA1250 Health Conditions I

Description: This course introduces the student to a variety of health conditions which are commonly managed by occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Using small group case based learning approaches, students will research the pathology, etiology, prevalence, clinical signs and symptoms of common health conditions and identify how the impairment in body function and structures can limit activity and restrict participation. Students will concurrently develop a general understanding of the medical, surgical, pharmacological and rehabilitation management for these conditions and apply this knowledge to optimize client outcomes within the parameters of the OTA/PTA role.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: OPA1000, OPA1020, PNUR1035, OPA1010
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
OPA2100 Clinical Placement II

Description: In this placement students will gain greater autonomy as they continue to apply the knowledge they have acquired in previous and concurrent coursework. They will further develop their communication and profession-specific skills as they learn under the supervision of a Registered OT, Registered PT or formally trained OTA/PTA.
Hours: 75
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1220, OPA1230, OPA1240, OPA1210, OPA1250, OPA1200
CoRequisites:

OPA2110 Advanced Practice Skills for OTA

Description: This integrated lecture and lab course expands on the foundations of occupational therapy and focuses on practicing and applying advanced therapeutic interventions within the scope of the OTA to address activity limitations and participation restrictions. Instruction will be provided on the safe application, fabrication or modification of assistive devices, splinting, adaptive computer technology or seating and mobility devices to address complex sensory-motor, cognitive-perceptual and socio-emotional needs across the lifespan.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1220, OPA1230, OPA1240
CoRequisites:

OPA2120 Advanced Practice Skills for PTA

Description: This course will prepare students for entry to practice as they apply therapeutic exercise and modalities in more complex therapeutic situations in the lab setting. Students will rely on their knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and pathology from previous coursework and clinical experience as they further develop the skills needed to ensure that they are able to perform assigned interventions, observe and evaluate the client's response and report to the supervising therapist.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1220, OPA1230, OPA1240
CoRequisites:

OPA2130 Communication Disorders

Description: This course will introduce students to communication disorders which occur throughout the lifespan and practical strategies for effective communication with individuals who have communication disorders. Students will be exposed to a variety of augmentative and alternative communication approaches used to facilitate the clients' communication. Students will also examine common feeding and swallowing disorders and strategies for assisting those with feeding and swallowing problems.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: OPA1250, OPA1200
CoRequisites:

OPA2140 Practice Skills - Mental Health Concepts

Description: This course introduces the student to commonly encountered mental health conditions and develops the skills and knowledge necessary to respond therapeutically within the parameters of the OTA/PTA role. Core mental health concepts, key models and skills for enhancing therapeutic relationships are explored.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA1220, OPA1200
CoRequisites:

OPA2150 Health Conditions II

Description: This course expands on the knowledge from Health Conditions I by introducing more medically complex conditions that may also include cognitive and mental health issues. Using small group case based learning approaches, students will research the pathology, etiology, prevalence, clinical signs and symptoms of common health conditions and identify how the impairment in body function and structures can limit activity and restrict participation. Students will concurrently develop a general understanding of the medical, surgical, pharmacological and rehabilitation management for these conditions and apply this knowledge to optimize client outcomes within the parameters of the OTA/PTA role.
Hours: 90
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: OPA1220, OPA1230, OPA1240, OPA1210, OPA1250, OPA1200
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
OPA2200 Clinical Placement III

Description: By the end of this clinical practice experience, students will have achieved entry level status as OTA/PTAs. Throughout this experience they will continue to develop the professional behaviours and skills required for the workplace. They will consolidate their knowledge and skills across the previous semesters by completing a comprehensive objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) to demonstrate the competency required to practice as an OTA/PTA.
Hours: 450
Credits: 15
Pre-Requisites: OPA2100, OPA2110, OPA2130, OPA2150, OPA2140
CoRequisites:

OPA2210 Professional and Interprofessional Issues

Description: This course will address issues dealing with the transition from student to practitioner. Students will be challenged to utilize theory and clinical knowledge from preceding semesters as they explore relevant issues related to the current role of the OTA&PTA in an interdisciplinary health care environment.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OPA2100, OPA2110, OPA2120, OPA2130, OPA2150, OPA2140
CoRequisites:

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