What will I learn?

At Centennial College's Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA & PTA) program, you learn to support people whose ability to function and adapt has been impaired by injury, illness, the process of aging and developmental or emotional disability.

Through Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant courses that consist of current theoretical knowledge and practical experiences, you learn how to become a compassionate, client-centred and reflective rehabilitation practitioner.

Faculty are experienced occupational therapists and physiotherapists working in their field of expertise, who provide you with the educational tools, training and hands-on experience that is necessary to meet career challenges with enthusiasm, professionalism and current evidence-based industry knowledge and skills. The high academic standards and personal attention are two standout features of the offering.

Once you complete the Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant program, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to work under supervised practice with registered occupational therapists and physiotherapists to provide rehabilitation services to improve people's quality of life.

Program Highlights

  • You develop the knowledge and skills to work with clients in need of assistance to perform self-care, promote movement, improve function and participate in vocational and leisure activities.
  • Additional areas of instruction and development include respect and caring for the uniqueness of individuals, effective communication, critical thinking and decision-making.
  • You participate in several fieldwork experiences that provide opportunities for the supervised application of skills in a variety of clinical settings with a range of client populations.
  • During your placement, you test out your skills in a real world setting, sample your career and discover the areas in which you may be interested before you graduate.
  • The facilities at which you are able to complete placement vary and, when combined, offer diverse experiences in both occupational therapy and physiotherapy disciplines.

Career Outlook

  • Rehabilitation practitioner
  • Physiotherapist assistant
  • Occupational therapist assistant

Areas of Employment

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Seniors' residences
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private industry

Which department am I in?

School of Community and Health Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,531.80 (US$ 12,181) per year

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

Start date

8 September 2020


Morningside Campus

755 Morningside Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

M1C 5J9, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)

Additional Requirements

Further Program Information/Guidelines:

Please note that due to the nature of this career, OTAs & PTAs are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. Your scope of practice involves your ability to lift and transfer clients and move equipment. As such, an OTA & PTA needs to be in good overall health. It is recommended that applicants have a high level of fitness when entering the program. If you have any health related issues, it is highly recommended that you contact the Program Coordinator to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the program and the scope of practice of an OTA & PTA, and to discuss any impact this may have on your ability to fully participate in the learning throughout this program.

English Language Requirements:

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80+ (internet based with no test below 20)
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0+ (with no single test score below 5.5)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 60
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 51 plus
  • ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) score of 3.7 plus.

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About this uni

94% of employers revealed that they are either satisfied or very satisfied after hiring work-ready graduates from Centennial.

  • One of Canada’s multicultural higher education institutions
  • Students benefit from the job-aligned courses
  • National award-winning Centre of Entrepreneurship
  • Offers facilities to simulate dynamic work environment