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Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma

79% of our students believe their training was useful for obtaining present employment!*

Average hourly wage is

As an Occupational Therapist Assistant or Physiotherapist Assistant, the graduate will provide assistance to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and clients in a variety of health care settings such as; hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, public and private clinics, mental health facilities, and home care programs.

The Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Red Deer College is seeking accreditation by the Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada.  The program has been granted Candidacy Status, which denotes an affiliation with the OTA & PTA EAP and is a pre-requisite for accreditation of the education program. Candidacy Status does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation status once the program undergoes a full accreditation review.

We Offer...

  • A two-year diploma program delivered over five academic terms
  • Training in an interprofessional context
  • Hands-on, experiential learning delivered through a variety of approaches
  • Practicum placements in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Highly qualified, experienced faculty who are dedicated to their profession

You Will...

This program prepares the graduate to become an Occupational Therapist Assistant or Physiotherapist Assistant following graduation.  Upon successful completion of your diploma program you will be able to:

  • Apply a variety of communication strategies to effectively and respectfully build positive relationships with clients and other healthcare professionals
  • Establish positive therapeutic relationships, creating a supportive and inclusive environment
  • Contribute to the development of client care plans in collaboration with the Occupational Therapist and/or Physiotherapist
  • Practice in a legal, ethical and professional manner
  • Collect, document and complete client records in a thorough, objective, and non-judgmental manner
  • Recognize and apply principles that support safety in the workplace to ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others
  • Maintain, enhance and share personal knowledge through self reflective practice
  • Develop life-long learning practices utilizing networking, employer resources and professional development

For more information, view the Academic Calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

OTA & PTA EAP Contact Information:
Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program
c/o Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada,
Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West
London, Ontario  N6J 1Y5
(226) 636-0632,

*As taken from the Program Completer Study 2014/2015
** As taken from the ALIS website