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The Therapist Assistant Diploma will prepare the graduate to work as an Assistant to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Recreational Therapists. It is a two-year diploma of full-time study including four semesters of coursework plus 18 weeks of practical experience in clinical settings.

Principles, theory and practice will be taught at the Assistant level in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Recreation Therapy. Students will obtain an academic and practical foundation in the areas of health and rehabilitation science, and will take introductory-level university courses in English, Biology and Psychology. The Therapist Assistant Diploma curriculum is reflective of the growing and evolving scope of practice for Therapist Assistants. It has been developed in consultation with therapists, therapist assistants, and employers province-wide and is informed by national trends and provincial trends and competencies.

Careers:

Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings from hospital practice to home and community care, long-term care and private practice where supervision from Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and/or Recreation Therapists is provided.

Program Outline

Year I - Semester I

  • BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
  • THER 102 Communication and Group Process
  • THER 103 Disease and Disability
  • THER 140 Recreation Therapy Assistant: Principles & Practice I

Semester II

  • BIOL 133 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology: Personal Functioning
  • THER 104 Client Care Principles & Practice: Introductory
  • THER 120 Occupational Therapist Assistant: Principles & Practice I
  • THER 125 Practicum Preparation
  • THER 130 Physical Therapist Assistant: Principles & Practice I
  • THER 141 Recreation Therapist Assistant II: Principles & Practice
  • THER 150 Practicum I: Recreation Therapist Assistant
  • THER 151 Practicum II: OTA and/or PTA Placement

Year II - Semester III

  • THER 201 Gross Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • THER 203 Psychiatry & Mental Health
  • THER 204 Client Care Principles & Practice: Advanced
  • THER 220 Occupational Therapist Assistant: Principles & Practice II
  • THER 230 Physical Therapist Assistant: Principles & Practice II

Semester IV

  • THER 205 Therapeutic Modalities
  • THER 215 Professional Practice
  • THER 221 Occupational Therapist Assistant: Principles & Practice III
  • THER 231 Physical Therapist Assistant: Principles & Practice III
  • THER 260 Capstone Project
  • THER 250 Preceptorship I: Occupational or Physical Therapist Assistant
  • THER 251 Preceptorship II: Occupational or Physical Therapist Assistant

After Graduation

Graduates will be prepared to work at as entry-level Assistants in the three disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Recreation Therapy in a wide variety of healthcare settings throughout B.C. and Canada. There are job opportunities in a wide variety of health care settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, multi-level care facilities, community care, community mental health, child development centres, and private practice.

The role of the Therapist Assistant includes the implementation of rehabilitation programs, under the supervision of a therapist, to maintain and enhance functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

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CAD$13,477.00 (฿ 349,689) ต่อปี
Total Tuition: CAN $26,955
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ประมาณ กันยายน 2022

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Okanagan College

Kelowna Campus,

1000 KLO Road,

KELOWNA,

British Columbia (BC),

V1Y 4X8, Canada

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Applicants must have

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

English requirements

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 79 (Internet-based), or 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - academic version): Overall band score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0)
  • Pearson Test English (Academic): Overall score 56 No Communicative Skills score lower than 55
  • Duolingo English Test: Overall score 105.

Application deadline: Fall sessions – March 15.

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