Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
You must complete 36 courses, labs, and practicums to graduate. Courses are listed below by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|ANPH1000 (O)|| Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology |
Study the basics of normal anatomy and physiology. The structure and function of each body system is covered, and the relationship between the structure and function of each system is explored. Learn about the interactions of body systems.
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
|WELL1000 (O)|| Wellness Through Leisure |
Further your understanding of the field of therapeutic recreation and learn about the models of care in the therapeutic recreation process that guide service delivery. Discuss the Leisure Ability Model as a framework to service, with a focus on promoting a client’s wellness through goal-oriented leisure activities.
|ENGL2510 (O)|| Scientific and Technical Writing |
This technical writing course prepares students with the skills required for writing in professional contexts. Students will learn to produce documents reflecting different types and styles of technical communication, including technical descriptions, proposals, reports, online documents, and instruction manuals. Students will also learn to organize information, write clearly and concisely, rigorously edit their work, cite sources appropriately, and apply APA formatting to a variety of documents. In addition, students will examine effective document design and the use of visual aids, and will be required to create and deliver presentations based on these principles. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
|RHAB1001 (O)|| Introduction to Rehabilitation |
Learn the fundamental concepts and theories specific to rehabilitation and gain an introduction to the field of rehabilitation medicine. Examine the common practices and unique roles of physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, and occupational therapy, and explore the skills, roles, and traits of the therapy assistant.
|THPR2019|| Therapeutic Mobility - Theory |
Learn the fundamental concepts and theory related to therapeutic mobility, including proper lifting and transferring techniques, gait re-education, mobility aids, and wheelchair skills.
|THPR2020|| Therapeutic Mobility - Lab |
Participate in hands-on lab sessions to practise theoretical concepts learned in THPR 2019.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|THPR2026|| Occupational Therapy Theories and Foundations of Physical Medicine for Assistants – Lab |
This course allows learners to apply their knowledge of the therapeutic interventions that an occupational therapy assistant may use. Learners will practise handling and modifying ADL equipment, including bathroom equipment, wheelchairs, pressure-relieving modalities, and cushions. Learners will also fabricate a basic splint and learn how to modify and manage orthotics under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
|THPR2025|| Occupational Therapy Theories and Foundations of Physical Medicine for Assistants – Theory |
Explore the fundamental concepts, theories, and frames of reference specific to occupational therapy that can be applied to various adult populations. Obtain comprehensive foundational knowledge in activities of daily living, posture, seating, supportive surfaces, wounds, pressure, splinting, and orthotics as they pertain to occupational therapy and its unique approach to client care. The course will prepare the learner with the necessary knowledge and understanding to work successfully under the supervision of and in co-operation with the occupational therapist.
|ANPH1004|| Functional Anatomy |
Learn the essential concepts of functional anatomy including terminology, the movements of joints during various activities, and biomechanical principles.
|PATH1020|| Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation |
This course focuses on the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders commonly encountered in the field of rehabilitation. Learners gain a foundation for understanding the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. The course explores common disease entities as examples of pathological processes. Each pathological process is explained as a concept and illustrated by typical diseases and disorders. Disease is discussed in terms of manifestations, causes, and complications. Learners will acquire a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
|THPR2015|| Therapeutic Cardiopulmonary and Preventative Care - Theory |
Explore the fundamental concepts and theory related to therapeutic positioning and postural drainage. Learn about the importance of infection control, proper limb-handling techniques, and chest physical therapy techniques. Learn to position clients properly to promote client safety and comfort and prevent complications.
|THPR2016|| Therapeutic Cardiopulmonary and Preventative Care - Lab |
Participate in hands-on lab sessions to practise theoretical concepts learned in THPR 2015.
|THPR2021|| Therapeutic Modalities - Theory |
Explore the fundamental concepts and theory related to therapeutic modalities. Learn about the purpose of various therapeutic modalities in physical therapy treatment such as thermal therapy, cryotherapy, ultrasound therapy, and electrical therapy.
|THPR2022|| Therapeutic Modalities - Lab |
Participate in hands-on lab sessions to practice theoretical concepts learned in THPR 2021.
|COMM1016|| Communication and Collaboration in Health Care – Theory |
In this course, learners will acquire the skills to collaborate as an effective member of an interdisciplinary health-care team by developing their knowledge of team functional roles, communication strategies, conflict management, and cultural competency. Students will learn to adapt communication strategies to perform client interviews and develop effective therapeutic relationships.
|COMM1017|| Communication and Collaboration in Health Care – Lab |
This lab course gives learners the opportunity to apply the concepts learned in "Communication and Collaboration in Health Care – Theory." Realistic clinical and interprofessional situations will be simulated to allow learners to practise strategies and apply knowledge acquired in the theory component. Teaching and presentation skills will be developed through the creation of educational materials to promote public awareness and knowledge of rehabilitation.
|Term 3 - 8 weeks|
|THPR2023|| Therapeutic Exercise - Theory |
Learn the fundamental concepts and theory specifically related to therapeutic exercise including: active and resisted exercises, balance and flexibility exercises, cardiovascular exercise, and individual and group exercises.
|THPR2024|| Therapeutic Exercise - Lab |
Participate in hands-on lab sessions to practise theoretical concepts learned in THPR 2023.
|PPRT2003|| OTA/PTA Practicum I |
In this practicum, learners are introduced to assisting with occupational and/or physical therapy services under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of occupational and/or physical therapy foundations and the treatment of common client conditions. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
|THPR2017|| Therapeutic Range of Motion and Outcome Measures -Theory |
Study the fundamental concepts and theory related to functional outcome measures and joint mobility. Learn about active and passive joint range of motion, goniometry, manual muscle testing, muscle length testing, and other functional outcome measures.
|THPR2018|| Therapeutic Range of Motion and Outcome Measures - Lab |
Participate in hands-on lab sessions to practise theoretical concepts learned in THPR 2017.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|DEMC1011 (O)|| Dementia Studies |
This is a creative and dynamic approach to dementia care that is suitable for caregivers, both formal and informal, in a variety of care settings. Comprehensive information about dementia from diagnosis to end stage is discussed in a practical and interactive manner.
|TRDC1010 (O)|| Therapeutic Recreation: Intervention Programming Theory |
Explore the stages of program development, implementation, and evaluation for clients of a variety of life stages, cultures, and conditions. You will focus on the assistant’s role in the therapeutic recreation process. Learn best practices for selecting activities, engaging clients in active participation, and observing, reporting, documenting, and evaluating responses to a variety of intervention programs. Individual, small group, and large group intervention programs will be reviewed.
|TRDC1020 (O)|| Therapeutic Recreation: Intervention Lab |
In this lab course, you will gain hands-on experience in therapeutic recreation intervention planning, delivery, evaluation, and documentation. This lab will focus on the assistant's role in the therapeutic recreation process working with clients of all cultures, ages, conditions, and genders.
|PPRT2004|| OTA/PTA Practicum II |
This practicum gives learners the opportunity to assist with occupational and/or physical therapy services under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist. Learners will build on their knowledge of occupational and/or physical therapy competencies. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized. Through the practicum experience, learners will develop increased confidence and consistency in providing quality treatment.
|PPRT2005|| Recreation Therapy Assistant Practicum |
In this practicum, learners are introduced to a therapeutic recreation setting and the role of the therapeutic recreation assistant in providing recreation therapy to clients. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of wellness through leisure, common client conditions, assisting clients, program session planning, and program implementation under the supervision of a recreation therapist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
|Term 5 - 16 weeks|
|THPR2027|| Occupational Therapy Foundations of Mental Health and Cognition for Assistants |
Examine the areas of mental health and cognition as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy. Gain foundational knowledge into common mental health conditions, as well as a comprehensive introduction to cognition and disorders of cognition. Explore the role of the therapy assistant within the mental health and cognitive practices of occupational therapy.
|THPR2028|| Introduction to Speech and Communication Disorders – Theory |
This course provides learners with an overview of typical speech sound development and common speech sound and motor speech disorders. Approaches and strategies for the treatment of articulation, phonological, and motor speech disorders will be addressed. In addition, a brief introduction to and the basic treatment principles of fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders, structurally related disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) will be covered.
|THPR2029|| Introduction to Speech and Communication Disorders – Lab |
This lab gives learners the opportunity to integrate the theory and principles covered in "Introduction to Speech and Communication Disorders - Theory" into practice. Learners will be given hands-on experience implementing the clinical skills necessary for working with individuals with speech, fluency, or voice disorders.
|THPR2030|| Introduction to Language and Swallowing Disorders – Theory |
Learners are given an overview of the sequence of typical language development and normal developmental milestones. Developmental and acquired language disorders, as well as treatment approaches and techniques for both developmental and acquired language disorders, are covered. In addition, the anatomy and physiology related to normal and disordered swallowing will be reviewed. The role of the assistant in providing basic assessment preparation and dysphagia management techniques will be discussed.
|THPR2031|| Introduction to Language and Swallowing Disorders – Lab |
In this lab, learners will have the opportunity to integrate the theory and principles covered in "Introduction to Language and Swallowing Disorders – Theory" into practice. Learners will be given hands-on experience implementing the clinical skills necessary for working with individuals with developmental disorders.
|THPR2032|| Professional Practice for Therapy Assistants |
This course prepares learners to begin their journey as a therapy assistant and helps them develop the leadership skills essential to success in their role as a therapy assistant. Learners will find job postings, prepare resumés and cover letters, and have the opportunity to practise interview skills. They will also reflect on their current level of competency and create plans for future growth and learning.
|THPR2033|| Integrated Care Across the Lifespan |
This course introduces learners to typical and atypical human development and helps them to understand their role as part of an interprofessional (SLP, PT, OT) treatment team. The foundations of pediatric care will be addressed, and learners will have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge from previous courses to analyze examples of holistic treatment strategies across various pathological conditions and impairments. Health promotion, maintenance, remediation, and adaptations are emphasized.
|Term 6 - 10 weeks|
|PPRT2006|| Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Practicum |
This practicum introduces learners to the role of the speech-language pathology assistant and how to provide assistance with speech-language pathology services. Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the assistant’s role in delivering optimal speech, language, communication, and dysphagia management services to clients and stakeholders and provide direct or indirect client services under the direction of a speech-language pathologist. Professionalism and team communication skills are emphasized.
|PPRT2007|| OTA/PTA Practicum III |
This course provides a clinically relevant view of the roles and responsibilities of a therapy assistant. Under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist or a team of preceptors (OT/PT/SLP/TR), learners will apply the academic knowledge and skills acquired during the program and will gain valuable hands-on experience. Through the practicum experience, learners will develop increased confidence, consistency, and independence in providing quality treatment.
Courses marked with an (O) are available through Open Studies.