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Physiotherapy Assistant

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Duration: 44 weeks plus 350 hour work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Health & Personal Care
Certification: Diploma of Health and Human Sciences
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

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. Source

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.

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

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Program Courses

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

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.

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