Program Duration: 53 Weeks


Physiotherapist Assistants/Rehabilitation Assistants are classified under National Occupational Classification 3237-Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment. Other technical workers in therapy and assessment perform various technical therapy and assessment functions. Some may assist professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, ophthalmologists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, community health centres, educational institutions, hearing aid retail stores, in the private practices of the professionals they assist, or they may be self-employed. 

Program Job Opportunities:

  • Audiology Technician
  • Communicative Disorders Assistant
  • Hearing Instrument Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Ophthalmic Technologist
  • Physiotherapist Assistant [PTA]
  • Physiotherapy Technician 
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Speech Aide
  • Speech Technician
  • Speech Therapy Assistant


 ■ Standard Admission 

Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Alberta High School Diploma verified by transcript or non-Alberta equivalent, or successful completion of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with a score of 450 in Language Arts [Reading & Writing]
  2. Successful personal interview with the school’s admission officer.

■ Mature Admission 

Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Out of school for one (1) year.
  3. Successful test result on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test [WBST] with a minimum score of 310.
  4. Successful personal interview with the school’s admission officer.

■ English Language Proficiency Requirement 

Students whose first language is NOT English must demonstrate ONE of the following:

  1. Transcript showing three (3) years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction, or
  2. Transcript showing one (1) year of post-secondary education where English was the language of instruction, or
  3. Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] Assessment Level 7
  • TOEFL: 77, or
  • IELTS: 6, or
  1. Successful completion of a Canadian English Language Arts Course [e.g., English 20]. 


Students must secure the following prior to practicum: 

  1. Current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check.
  2. Up to date Immunization Status [TB and Hepatitis B in particular].
  3. Practicum Site Specific Requirements.


Introduction to Rehabilitation, the Health Care System & Ethics2
Interpersonal Skills, Communication & Problem Solving5
Introduction to Computers, Applications, & Keyboarding6
Medical Terminology, Human Body, Diseases & Disorders8
Basic Patient Care Techniques, Functional Movement & Rehabilitation7
Developmental Psychology & Functional Development Across the Life Span
Physiotherapist Assistant Administration and Program Support2
Essential Skills for PTA – Musculoskeletal4
Essential Skills for PTA – Modalities and Physical Agents7
Essential Skills for PTA – Cardiac, Neurological, Respiratory, & Would Management
Introduction to Mental Health, Illness, & Disability2
Introduction to Occupational Therapy6
Clinical Placement Experience 15
Clinical Placement Experience 25
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