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-centered career.

Program Highlights

  • Interprofessional course delivery with occupational therapy (OT) and physiotherapy (PT) faculty teaching collaboratively in selected core courses.

What you'll learn

  • Knowledge, skills and professional behaviour required to deliver treatment to clients/ patients with limitations in movement and daily function.
  • Gain initiative, creativity, respect for self and others, and a strong work ethic.
  • Visit the Career Handbook on the Government of Canada website for details on the functional requirements and physical demands for this National Occupational Classification.
  • Program outcomes meet the competencies outlined by the National Competency Profiles for Occupational Therapist Assistants and Physiotherapist Assistants. Learn more at caot.ca and alliancept.org.

Program Length

2 academic years

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Ancillary Fees $717.02 $653.92
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $101.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,504.49 $1,504.49
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,322.51 $2,158.41
Total 1st Year Fees $4,480.92

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,342.97 $7,342.97
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $101.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00

Total International Charges Per Semester

$7,893.97 $7,717.97
Total 1st Year Fees $15,611.94

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Additional Information


  • 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
  • Completion of a mandatory standardized Health Occupation Aptitude Examination (HOAE) (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

Option are available for mature applicants.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Dedicated weekly OTA and PTA skills labs taught by OT and PT faculty and clinicians.
  • Practice in cutting-edge hightech hospital lab space.
  • Experience 600 hours of unpaid clinical placement experience in health care agencies throughout Ontario.
  • Experience interactive simulations, to further develop course concepts.

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.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.

Clinical placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical placements.



Where you can go next

Your future career options

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

Where you could work includes:

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

Opportunities for grads

  • Become a member of Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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.

Additional Information

Program Accreditation

  • The OTA and PTA program at Mohawk has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP) in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on April 30, 2014 for the period until April 30, 2020.
  • For more information, contact: OTA & PTA EAP: Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, c/o Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5, (226) 636-0632, otapta.ca

Skills courses

All students will be required to act as simulated patients for their peers in skills course labs and during skills practice sessions.

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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