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Assist in Independence as an Occupational Therapist  Assistant/ Physiotherapy Assistant Working to help developmentally and physically challenged people to obtain the skills they   need   for a   certain  level   of  independence   can   be   challenging   but  very rewarding.  The  highly   trained   people   who   work   in   this   field   are  Occupational   Therapist  Assistants/Physiotherapy Assistants. What is the difference between the two and how are  they the same?  Both occupational therapy assistants and physiotherapy assistants work under registered  occupational therapists and physiotherapists from Occupational therapy Universities. In  addition, they both work with people who have lost their ability to function because of an  injury, the aging process or a developmental or emotional disability. Other shared tasks  include:   conducting   initial   interviews   with   patients,   carrying   out   observations,   updating  client records, supporting clients in reaching their goals, assisting with physical activity  and   exercises,   and   keeping   work   areas   tidy.   So   where   do   the   differences   come   in?   Physiotherapist assistants focus on large motor functions such as strength, balance and  range of motion. Meanwhile, occupational therapist assistants deal with treatment that  helps   individuals   improve   their   ability   to   perform   daily   activities,   such   as   dressing   or  feeding themselves.  To get started in your path to a rewarding career, Occupational Therapy University  ­  Centennial   College  offers   a   two­year   Ontario   College   Diploma   program   entitled  Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant. To apply for the program, you  must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent  or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, students must have completed the compulsory  English 12C, or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Biology 11C or U or equivalent.   Please note that, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee  admission The Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant program offers students  high academic standards, personal attention and the opportunity to develop skills in an   environment equipped with a wide range of tools used in industry where labs are part of   everyday teaching. Among the courses that you will take are: The Health Care System,  Normal Function and Movement, Issues in Health Aging, Disabling Conditions, Human  Lifespan   Development   and   much   more.   These   courses   will   enable   you   to   develop  knowledge in order to assist clients with self­care, movement, function and participation in  leisure  activities. Additional  areas of instruction  and  development include: respect  and  caring for the  uniqueness of individuals, effective  communication, critical  thinking, and  decision­making.

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca Page 1


Aside   from   in­classroom   learning,   students   participate   in   a   fieldwork   experience   that  provides the opportunity for application of skills in a clinical setting with a range of clients.   In addition, they also have the opportunity to network, learn from seasoned professionals   and   be   completely   prepared   for   the   field.   However,   there   are   important  Occupational  Therapist   Assistant/Physiotherapist   Assistant  field   placement   requirements   before  students can be sent out. These include possession of CPR Level HCP (Health Care  Provider)   and   standard   first   aid   certification,   a   clear   vulnerable   police   check   prior   to  semester 2, immunization review form and completion of a mask fit test. 

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View Source:  Centennial College – Occupational Therapy University

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca Page 2


Assist in Independence as an Occupational Therapist Assistant/ Physiotherapy Assistant