Physical Therapy Assistant
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Physical Therapy Assistant


There are no further intakes available for this academic year.


Program length

16 months



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Total tuition: $7,616.00
Total fees: $1,841.00
Total tuition: $23,552.00
Total fees: $1,841.00

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  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 50% in Mathematics 10C (Pure Mathematics 10 or Applied Mathematics 10) or equivalent
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent
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Note: September 2018 was the last term that students were able to enter the Physical Therapy Assistant program. Beginning in Fall 2019, new students may apply instead to the Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant program. Continuing Physical Therapy Assistant program students must complete the program requirements by December 2021 in order to graduate.

The Physical Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares you with the theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to assist patients in overcoming physical injury or disability. This program includes two six-week practicums in physical therapy settings.

A 16-month, fast-track delivery allows graduates to enter the workforce sooner. The online delivery of up to three years provides flexibility to complete most courses online, at your own pace with in-person lab requirements at the Edmonton Downtown Campus.

If you enjoy helping people and want a career assisting patients to overcome physical injury or disability, this diploma program could be for you. Our program prepares you with the theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to begin your challenging career as a physical therapy assistant. You may assist with treatments and exercises, monitor patients, and perform other tasks as required. The two six-week practicums give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in physical therapy settings. The NorQuest College Physical Therapy Assistant diploma program offers elective options to better prepare graduates to work in a multidisciplinary setting.

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the occupation of physical therapy assistant.

As a physical 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


The Physical Therapy Assistant diploma program at NorQuest College 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. The status of accreditation was granted to the program on April 30, 2018 for the period until April 30, 2024.

For details regarding accreditation contact: OTA & PTA EAP, c/o PEAC, Suite 26, 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario.

Practicum/Work Experience

The program includes two six-week full-time practicums in physical therapy settings.


Edmonton, Online