The Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to work as assistants to Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. Graduates of the program may find employment in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, extended care facilities, the client’s home or in private practice.
This program 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 (CAOT). The status of Accreditation was granted to the program on January 31, 2012 for the period until November 30, 2018.
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Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months before the next available start date. Upon acceptance, a first payment is required to reserve a seat in the program.
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|If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now.||Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and fax to 604.443.8450||Visit us at one of our campus locations.|
After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to:
This 2 year health program consists of 5 terms. The first year has three terms and the second year has two terms. As part of the program, students are assigned practicum placements in both year one and year two. Classes are generally held from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday. (class times are subject to change).
Students enrolled in the Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant program at VCC should note that some of their courses are transferable to Thompson Rivers University. For further information see: http://www.bctransferguide.ca.
VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. Click here for Request for Transfer Credit (PDF) form.
Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis
Fees and Other costs
|Student Union Fee||$130|
|College Initiative Fee||$167|
|Student Union Health Plan Fee||$325|
|Student Union Dental Plan Fee||$310|
|Other Costs|| $41 - Graduation Fees
$232 - Campus Resource Fee
$395 - Material Fee
$500 - Textbooks
Work side-by-side with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other health care professionals to promote healthy living.
Graduates of this two-year program can find employment in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, long-term care facilities, residential care facilities, client homes or in private practice.
Attend an information session to take a tour of VCC’s state-of-the-art learning facilities and speak to instructors about entrance requirements.
Join us at VCC’s Broadway campus, 1155 East Broadway at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.
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|Health Care Concepts (OPTA 1102)||3.0 credits|
|Fitness, Health and Wellness (OPTA 1103)||2.0 credits|
|Conditions 1 (OPTA 1110)||2.0 credits|
|Rehabilitation Skills (OPTA 1114)||3.0 credits|
|Communications 1 (OPTA 1117)||2.0 credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology (OPTA 1206)||3.0 credits|
|Clinical Kinesiology (OPTA 1101)||2.0 credits|
|Communications 2 (OPTA 1217)||1.5 credits|
|OTA Principles and Practice 1 (OPTA 1218)||2.5 credits|
|PTA Principles and Practice 1 (OPTA 1219)||2.5 credits|
|Conditions 2 (OPTA 1220)||2.5 credits|
|Practicum 1 (OPTA 1221)||4.0 credits|
|OTA Principles and Practice 2 (OPTA 1308)||3.0 credits|
|PTA Principles and Practice 2 (OPTA 1309)||3.0 credits|
|Conditions 3 (OPTA 1310)||1.5 credits|
|Growth & Development 1 Pediatrics (OPTA 1325)||1.5 credits|
|OTA Principles and Practice 3 (OPTA 2108)||3.0 credits|
|PTA Principles and Practice 3 (OPTA 2109)||3.0 credits|
|Conditions 4 (OPTA 2110)||1.5 credits|
|Practicum 2 (OPTA 2111)||6.0 credits|
|Growth & Development 2 Geriatrics (OPTA 2125)||1.5 credits|
|OTA Principles and Practice 4 (OPTA 2208)||2.0 credits|
|PTA Principles and Practice 4 (OPTA 2209)||2.0 credits|
|Practicum 3 (OPTA 2211)||8.0 credits|
|Administrative and Support Skills (OPTA 2214)||1.0 credits|
|Community Practice (OPTA 2215)||2.0 credits|