Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant (Rehab Assistant)


Learn to assist in the delivery of rehabilitation plans that promote independence and function for patients recovering from illness or injury.

Tuition: 9460*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Sep

Entrance award

September intake of this full-time program is eligible for financial award.



September intake of this full-time program is eligible for financial award.

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What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Practise as an Occupational Therapist Assistant or Physical Therapist Assistant in a competent, professional, accountable and ethical manner.
  • Utilize evidence-informed rehabilitation knowledge to implement assigned Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy interventions.
  • Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team within an evolving health care system.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of an effective practice environment through direct client care, organization and support of rehabilitation services.
  • Identify and report relevant information regarding the client’s status and well-being to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member.
  • Communicate effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their families, caregivers and other interdisciplinary team members.
  • Collect client information and complete client records.
  • Develop and implement strategies to maintain and improve professional competence within the role of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Promote, support and encourage health and wellness for self and others.

What to expect

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 November 30, 2019 for the period until November 30, 2025. This program is offered on a full-time basis only.  Each semester must be successfully completed before the next one can be started. A major emphasis of this program is active student participation. Throughout the program, the instructors will encourage students to become increasingly more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. Students are expected to come to class well prepared for active participation in classroom, lab and clinical activities, including practicums.

Instructors promote an environment conducive to learning through activities such as lectures, pre-readings, guided discussions, debates, audio-visual presentations, group activities, projects, skill-building exercises, role rehearsals, on-line learning, site visits and simulations Students practise and develop their practical skills by practising on each other.

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Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following:
    • English 12 with a minimum ‘B’ grade, or equivalent
    • English Language Proficiency at an English 12 ‘B’ level
  • Anatomy and Physiology 12 or equivalent
  • Attending a Program Information Session is strongly recommended. 

Upon acceptance to the program:

  • Students in this program are required to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC). The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate. 
  • Current (within 6 months) CPR course – Health Care Provider level
  • Submission of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) Skin test. If the TB Skin Test is positive, proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required. Clinical Facilities may decline individual students for their placement if a student is unable to provide proof of immunization or satisfactory serum titers and TB screening.
  • A completed Immunization Record. Immunizations for the following are strongly recommended, and may be required for practicum placements:
    • Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT)
    • Polio
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (Flu vaccine) - required annually
    • COVID-19


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Ability to work with people who have physical, emotional, mental health and/or cognitive challenges
  • Willingness to provide physical and emotional support to clients
  • Good health and physical stamina, including the ability to lift 15 kg and stand for a full working day.
  • Patience, empathy and a genuine interest in promoting the independence and well-being of others
  • Good observational and organizational skills
  • Ability to follow instructions and work as part of a team
  • Ability to adapt and respond appropriately to changing situations
  • Listen, comprehend and clearly communicate in a complex, health care environment
  • Mature, trustworthy, reliable and dependable
  • Basic computer skills – email, word processing, internet searching

Courses *

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with the exception of practicum experiences. Students will be advised of their practicum hours once registered and attending the program.

This 2 years 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.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 9460
Student union341
College initiative272
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource379
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 992
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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Entrance award

September intake of this full-time program is eligible for financial award.



September intake of this full-time program is eligible for financial award.

Learn more

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