What will I learn?

The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares students to work in today's interdisciplinary health-care systems. This program will provide students with a strong occupational and physical therapy assistant background, and incorporate essential assistant-level skills in speech language therapy and therapeutic recreation. Equipped with skills in these four rehabilitation disciplines, students will be prepared to meet industry demand and work in various general therapy, rehabilitation, as well as discipline-specific positions.

If you enjoy helping people and want a career assisting patients to overcome injuries, or impairments, this diploma program could be for you.

The program delivers theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills using a balance of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary courses.

Program graduates will be prepared to:

  • communicate and collaborate as a valuable member of a client-centred interdisciplinary health-care team
  • assist with effective physical therapy and occupational therapy practice by providing safe and competent care across client populations
  • support other rehabilitation disciplines, including therapeutic recreation and speech-language pathology
  • demonstrate effective professionalism, leadership, and reflective practice skills

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the therapy assistant occupation. As a therapy assistant, you must be able to:

  • work shifts and weekends
  • be on your feet for extended periods of time
  • use your knees, back, and arms to assist clients
  • lift 30 pounds
  • touch and provide care for clients of all ages, cultures, and genders
  • manage time and resources in a busy work setting
  • communicate and collaborate effectively in a team
  • enjoy working with people

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes five practicums with a minimum of 150 hours in each discipline.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,614.50 (US$ 14,731) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020

Venue

NorQuest College

10215 108 Street NW,

EDMONTON,

Alberta (AB),

T5J 1L6, Canada

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,614.50 (US$ 14,731) per year
The given fee is for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a USA Senior High School. Applicants to post-secondary programs at NorQuest College are evaluated for admission based on the completion of education at the senior secondary/high school level, or higher. Applicants that have completed the high school level of education in another country must have graduated with appropriate high school documents and credentials. The documents must present relevant and appropriate academic coursework that can be considered equivalent to the course work required for admission (e.g. English, Math, Biology, etc). IELTS Academic - 6.5, no section score below 6; TOEFL iBT - 84, no section score below 21.

For international students

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canada Ontario High School.

English Language Proficiency:

IELTS Academic: 6.5, no section score below 6; TOEFL iBT: 84, no section score below 21; CLBA: No section score below 8; CELPIP General: 8, no section score below 7; CAEL: 60, no section score below 60; NorQuest coursework: Minimum of 80% on ESLS 8000 or 8100, and 80% in ESLW 8000 or 8100; or minimum of 50% in ESLG 1860 and 1861

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About this uni

Students can choose certificate or diploma programs covering areas such as health, business. technology and community studies.

  • Located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city
  • Over 60 per cent of students were born outside of Canada
  • Large number of scholarships on offer
  • Many courses include work-integrated learning