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 

  • 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 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
COM 2425 Client & Career Communication 3
BIO 1680 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Conditions 6
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
HEA 1185 Health Systems and Ethics 3
HEA 1190 Health Promotion and Wellness 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 2
BIO 2121 Anatomy Physiology and Disease 3
HEA 1171 Seating and Mobility 3
HEA 2010 Assessments and Modalities 3
HEA 2080 Therapeutic Exercise 3
HEA 1275 OTA Clinical Approaches 3
PSY 1135 Issues in Developmental Psychology 3
One General Education Course. 1 3
Semester 3
HEA 1720 Neurological Health Conditions 3
HEA 2200 Complex Health Conditions 4
HEA 2330 Exercise Modification 2
HEA 2520 Case Studies for OTA/PTA 3
FPL 1302 OTA/PTA Field Placement I 5
Semester 4
HEA 2521 Comprehensive Review 3
FPL 1401 OTA/PTA Field Placement II 10
One General Education Course. 1 3
 Total Credits75

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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)

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

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

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. 

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

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.