Physiotherapist Assistant

See yourself working alongside physiotherapists, helping them implement customized care plans with treatments, activities and exercises for patients? Then this program, that focuses on the role physiotherapy plays in health and wellness, is the right choice for you.

Program Duration
Full Time: 38 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
8 weeks
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

PHYSIOTHERAPIST ASSISTANT DIPLOMA

As a Physiotherapist Therapy Assistant (PTA), you work under the direction of a licensed Physiotherapist in a variety of clinical areas such as neurology, orthopedics, and cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, which may include obstetrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, oncology, sports injuries, geriatrics and the treatment of patients with burns or in the field of ergonomics.

Your role may focus on assessing a patients’ physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests, assisting in the establishment of treatment goals and in the planning and implementation of programs including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydrotherapy. You will also evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly; maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other healthcare professionals; and, assist in the development and implementation of health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The program is 38 weeks, including an 8-week practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. It is designed to provide students with a strong foundation to work under the supervision of a Physiotherapist. Current trends in Healthcare restructuring have resulted in shorter hospital stays and more outpatient rehabilitation. Some tasks formerly performed by Physiotherapists are now being delegated to Assistants to further reduce costs. The demand for Physiotherapist Assistants is expected to increase over the next few years.

Inclusive of an 8-week clinical practicum period, the program provides a well-rounded combination of theory instruction and practical training from which you can continually develop and apply your knowledge. Some of the areas of study you will cover are anatomy, physiology and terminology, human and functional lifespan development and disorders, kinesiology and body mechanics, communication and patient care, rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, professionalism in rehabilitative practice and departmental administration.

WHAT SETS US APART

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but what sets us apart in this program is two-fold – our practical training including guest-speaker visits, field trips and an 8-week practicum with our established partners within private, athletic and rehabilitation clinics and hospital prosthetic departments; and, the Anderson community of support that shares your ambitions and encourages you every step along the way to success.

FROM CLASSROOM TO LIFE

  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with clinics and medical facilities
  • Engage in field trips to observe, first-hand, your future career and what it means to patients
  • Glean from professionals in the industry by having the opportunity to attend guest lectures held at the school

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Sharee M.

Sharee M - Anderson College Faculty Member

“Teaching is about giving back. It’s a natural evolution to help others achieve their goals and success, which I find to be the most enjoyable part of teaching.”

Sharee has been a practicing physiotherapist for over 30 years, throughout which she has developed a broad range of business experience and practical skills. She has worked in a variety of areas within the field, including hospital settings, community care, seniors’ long-term care, and has also owned and operated several private practices.

Sharee graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc (Hons) Neurophysiology and BSc Physiotherapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. She was elected to the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario’s professional council in 2012, and serves on their ICRC (complaints), Quality Assurance, Registration and Executive Committees.

Shaeba R.

Shaeba R - Anderson College Faculty Member

“I found theory topics to be very challenging as a student. Realizing that students use many different methods to process information gave me the idea to try a variety of forms of transmitting information in my lectures. I like to show students how simple and logical science can be, and how all are capable of understanding the human body with ease.”

Shaeba has been an instructor in private colleges since 2006, prior to which he trained as a medical professional in Pakistan, specializing in neurology. In his clinical practice, he spent time rehabilitating accident and stroke patients, developing motivational skills to encourage his patients to take control of their recovery. Shaeba now applies these techniques to his teaching practice, along with the wealth of theoretical knowledge he acquired throughout his studies, and the leadership and teaching skills he cultivated while training new residents and interns in their clinical placements.

Shaeba is an International Medical Graduate.

Ronald M.

“What I love most about teaching is to give back the knowledge I have to my students in order to shape their careers. I love to share the experiences I have had during my career so that my students can have an understanding of the real world.”

Ronald’s career in physiotherapy spans over two decades and various environments, including respected private clinics and rehabilitation facilities. He has taken on many challenges throughout his extensive career, including owning and managing his own physiotherapy clinic, working as the clinical director of a fast-paced multi-disciplinary rehabilitation facility, supervising and mentoring resident physiotherapists, and training colleagues.

Ronald graduated from the University of Western Ontario with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physical Therapy and Biology. Over the course of Ronald’s career he has furthered his theoretical knowledge and enhanced his clinical skills by enrolling in post-graduate physiotherapy and health science courses.

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