Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Assistant Diploma
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Allied Health and Human Performance
The Physical Therapist Assistant & Occupational Therapist Assistant (PTA & OTA) major prepares students to work in the fields of physical therapy and occupational therapy, providing patient treatment interventions related to movement and function. PTAs & OTAs assist people to gain or maintain strength, flexibility and functional status. In addition to working with people with physical health problems, they also work with people with emotional/mental health problems.
PTAs & OTAs work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, subacute units, rehabilitation hospitals, mental health programs, physical therapy clinics, schools and home care. To succeed in this field, people should possess patience and flexibility, as they will work with people who are under physical and emotional stress. Creativity, manual dexterity and an interest in fitness are assets, as is the ability to work in a team environment. The employment rate for graduates is currently 100 per cent.
Admission to the program is competitive and is subject to a quota.
Therapist Assistant Program
The are two major programs of study in the two-year Therapist Assistant diploma:
- Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
- Physical Therapist Assistant & Occupational Therapist Assistant
Toll-free: 1-888-497-4622 ext. 5723
Robbins Health Learning Centre
Room 9-407, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
Program of Study
|HLSC 104||Applied Human Anatomy 1||3|
|HLSC 105||Applied Human Physiology 1||6|
|HLST 101||Interpersonal Skills Development 1||3|
|THAS 103||Pathology 1||4|
|THAS 115||Human Development 1||4|
|THAS 116||Functional Anatomy and Orthopedics 1||4|
|THAS 117||Principles and Techniques of Client Contact 1||3|
|Three credits of university English (includes WRIT 101)||3|
|THAS 220||Exercise in Physical Therapy 1||5|
|THAS 221||Modalities and Acute Care Interventions in Physical Therapy 1||4|
|THAS 222||Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 1||4|
|THAS 223||Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction 1||5|
|THAS 210||Field Placement I 2||4|
|THAS 211||Field Placement II 2||4|
|THAS 212||Field Placement III 2||4|
The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.
The minimum passing grade for this course is a CR.
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
|Credit Earned in:||May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:|
|INTD 105||HLST 101|
Regulations Governing Clinical Fieldwork Courses
Students must achieve satisfactory performance in all clinical fieldwork courses in accordance with the course/clinical criteria and outcomes. Fieldwork education must include a minimum of 500 clinical hours, of which no less than 150 hours are to be completed in each discipline (physical therapy and occupational therapy). Clinical fieldwork hours may include days, evenings, nights and weekends. Students are to arrange their own transportation for required program activities and any costs incurred for meals, travel and accommodation are the student’s responsibility. Students will require daily access to a vehicle for any clinical fieldwork experience not accessible through public transportation. Students cannot be in attendance at clinical agencies as a MacEwan University therapist assistant student except at times and locations authorized by the clinical fieldwork instructor for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Students must comply with the Work Integrated Learning policy regarding clinical fieldwork practice and/or placement as well as other applicable policies and regulations of the university and the host agency. Students must have completed all prerequisite courses as well as all program and agency pre-clinical requirements prior to the start of any clinical fieldwork course. In accordance with the Work Integrated Learning policy, the university reserves the right, at any point during the clinical fieldwork placement, to remove a student from the clinical fieldwork placement for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places the client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases the Chair, through consultation with the Dean, will assign a grade of F in the course. Although the decision may be appealed according to the Appeals policy, the student will not be permitted to remain in the clinical fieldwork placement during the appeal.
Police Information Check
Students must meet the specific police information check (PIC) requirement as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program. Students are responsible for obtaining a PIC at intervals specified by clinical agencies or the program and making these available, upon request, to their clinical agency representative. Student may also be required to obtain child welfare checks for some clinical fieldwork placements. Students whose PIC status changes following program admission must self-report this change in status; this may compromise the student’s ability to complete the program requirements as they may be denied required clinical fieldwork placements and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
Students must be able to meet agency requirements for immunizations prior to the start of all clinical fieldwork placement courses. Current immunization against specified communicable diseases is required as a prerequisite for clinical fieldwork placements and thus for continued enrolment in the program. Students must meet the specific immunization requirements prior to the start of the third term. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program by the start of the third term. Failure to meet the specified immunization requirements may result in a student being denied an approved clinical fieldwork placement and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
CPR – Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (C) or Equivalent
Students must meet the specific CPR requirements prior to the start of the third term. The certification must be for Health Care Providers and include one and two person rescuers (adult, infant, child), bag-valve masks, and automated external defibrillation (AED). Certification must be current, with no grace period provided for clinical fieldwork courses. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program by the start of the third term. Failure to meet the specified CPR requirements may result in a student being denied an approved clinical fieldwork placement and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
First Aid – Basic
Students must meet the specific First Aid requirements prior to the start of the third term. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program by the start of the third term. Failure to meet the specified First Aid requirements may result in a student being denied an approved clinical fieldwork placement and, therefore, be unable to meet graduation requirements.
N95 Mask or Equivalent
Students must be fitted for an N95 mask (or equivalent) as a prerequisite for clinical fieldwork experiences, and refitted in accordance with health agency requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the required timelines for mask fitting.