Physiotherapist Assistant

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See yourself working alongside physiotherapists, helping them implement customized care plans with treatments, activities and exercises for patients? Then this program, that focuses on the role physiotherapy plays in health and wellness, is the right choice for you.

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Ontario, British Columbia


Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology

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38 Weeks

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As a Physiotherapist Therapy Assistant (PTA), you work under the direction of a licensed Physiotherapist in a variety of clinical areas such as neurology, orthopedics, and cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, which may include obstetrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, oncology, sports injuries, geriatrics and the treatment of patients with burns or in the field of ergonomics.
Your role may focus on assessing a patients? physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests, assisting in the establishment of treatment goals and in the planning and implementation of programs including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydrotherapy. You will also evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly; maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other healthcare professionals; and, assist in the development and implementation of health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community.
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The program is 38 weeks, including an 8-week practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. It is designed to provide students with a strong foundation to work under the supervision of a Physiotherapist. Current trends in Healthcare restructuring have resulted in shorter hospital stays and more outpatient rehabilitation. Some tasks formerly performed by Physiotherapists are now being delegated to Assistants to further reduce costs. The demand for Physiotherapist Assistants is expected to increase over the next few years.
Inclusive of an 8-week clinical practicum period, the program provides a well-rounded combination of theory instruction and practical training from which you can continually develop and apply your knowledge. Some of the areas of study you will cover are anatomy, physiology and terminology, human and functional lifespan development and disorders, kinesiology and body mechanics, communication and patient care, rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, professionalism in rehabilitative practice and departmental administration.
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but what sets us apart in this program is two-fold ? our practical training including guest-speaker visits, field trips and an 8-week practicum with our established partners within private, athletic and rehabilitation clinics and hospital prosthetic departments; and, the Anderson community of support that shares your ambitions and encourages you every step along the way to success.
Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with clinics and medical facilities
Engage in field trips to observe, first-hand, your future career and what it means to patients
Glean from professionals in the industry by having the opportunity to attend guest lectures held at the school
Contact us to talk with one of our Admissions Experts. We?ll walk you through the details of what you?ll need and how to apply, the details of the program curriculum and the next steps to get you on your way to your first, or next, successful career.
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