Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant - 746

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Take on an important supporting role in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy in this client/patient-focused career

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program offered at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) located at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Outcomes of the OTA and PTA Diploma Program meet the competencies outlined by the National Competency Profiles for Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants, visit Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) (opens new window) and Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (opens new window) to learn more.

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Program Highlights

Functional Demands

To learn more about the functional requirements and physical demands for Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistance, visit the Government of Canada's (opens new window) website.

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Minimum requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 11 or 12 Biology, C or U
    • Grade 11 or 12 Physics or Chemistry, C or U
  • Volunteer experience is highly recommended in Physiotherapy and/or Occupational Therapy setting
  • In addition to the successful completion of all admission requirements, all applicants to this program must complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) as part of the selection process. There is a fee of $50.00 for this test.
  • Accepted applicants under the age of 18 may not be permitted to participate in some courses due to legal restrictions such as the Mental Health Act
  • Options are available for mature applicants

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a clinical placement while in the program.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply before the application end date. Read more about Competitive Programs.

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Career Opportunities

The Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Careers as Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants may involve the following:

Industries of Employment:

  • Hospitals, Clinics
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Children's Treatment Centres
  • Private Practice

Occupational Categories:

  • Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTA)
  • Physiotherapist Assistants (PTA)
  • Combined OTA/PTA

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.


Estimated first year tuition and fees

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