Physiotherapy Assistant*

Diploma of Health and Human Sciences

Duration: 44 weeks plus 350 hour work term

Program Description

“PTAs are trained personnel who assist in the provision of physiotherapy services under the direction and supervision of a registered/licensed physiotherapist. The role of the PTA is to assist the physiotherapist in ensuring that physiotherapy services are delivered in a safe, effective and efficient manner. PTAs help provide physiotherapy services that achieve and maintain optimal client outcomes.

Physiotherapy practice is dynamic, as is the relationship between the physiotherapist and the PTA. The type of supervision and the type of tasks assigned are determined by the supervising physiotherapist in accordance with provincial physiotherapy regulations.”


Physiotherapy Assistants duties may include clerical responsibilities plus direct or indirect patient care. The PTA program will expose students to physiotherapy fundamentals including human anatomy, physiology, therapeutic exercise including basic patient care regarding functional movement and rehabilitation. In addition, physiotherapy therapeutic techniques will be addressed pertaining to the musculoskeletal system, modalities, physical agents, cardiac, neurological and respiratory systems. Students will enhance their skills during a work term under the guidance of a Physiotherapist.

NOTE: Academy Canada’s PTA program has been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists (NLCP).


  • Introduction to Computers
  • Professionalism in Healthcare
  • Physiotherapy Terminology
  • PTA Administration and Program Support
  • Student Success
  • Communication Skills
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Soft Tissue Injury - Back Injury Prevention
  • Developmental Psychology and Functional Development Across the Lifespan
  • PTA Therapeutic Techniques - Musculoskeletal
  • PTA Therapeutic Techniques - Modalities and Physical Agents
  • PTA Therapeutic Techniques - Neurological Management and Specialty Areas
  • PTA Therapeutic Techniques - Cardiac, Respiratory Management and Specialty Areas
  • Client Relations
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Diseases/Disorders
  • Introduction to Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Interpersonal Skills
  • Seniors: The Older Adult
  • Basic Patient Care, Functional Movement and Rehabilitation
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Work Term
  • Therapeutic Exercise

Employment Opportunities

Many driving forces have changed the face of health care and the subsequent delivery of health services in the system in both urban and rural settings. To meet the increased demand for physiotherapy services, physiotherapists are utilizing and supervising support workers to ensure access to physiotherapy services, to maintain and enhance the quality of services delivered to the client and to increase the cost effectiveness of physiotherapy care. A PTA will have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments such as acute care, community hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, & private practice.

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or equivalents are eligible for admission to the PTA program. Additionally, applicants must have successfully completed the following high school courses:

• Biology Level II or III
• Any level Academic Chemistry or Physics (Preferred)
• 3rd level Academic English

Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or GED results. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will require upgrading through Adult Basic Education prior to admission.

Specific Entrance Requirements

Students must submit a Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check from their local Police Department.

Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check: Students must acquire a Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check for admission into this program. Students are solely accountable for any offences not uncovered by the investigation which may preclude the student from subsequent work terms or employment.

Program Requirement:

Immunization: Students must submit a completed immunization review form for work term placements. Students will be responsible for completing the immunization review form and submitting to the Registrar’s Office of Academy Canada by the end of their first semester of study (with the exception of immunizations that require multiple test periods which may be in progress). Non-compliance with this requirement could result in the student’s inability to participate in the work term practicum component of this program which is also a required element for successful program completion.

Work Term:

There is a 350 hour unpaid work term and students should note that travel within the province may be required. Please note that work term hosts reserve the right to request updated and/or additional documentation prior to field placement. Non-compliance with this requirement could result in the student’s inability to participate in the work term component of this program which is also a required element for successful program completion.

For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000 or visit the information request page.

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Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.

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