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Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Assistant

Program Overview

The Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Assistant program at Westervelt College provides technical training for individuals looking for a rewarding career working in the field of physiotherapy.

Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Assistants work in a variety of settings including private practices, hospitals, continuing or long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, schools and private homes. Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Assistants help clients to transfer, stand, walk and exercise and may be on their feet for long periods of time.

Duties include assisting the physiotherapists, administering therapeutic modalities, supervising exercises and thorough daily cleaning of the Physiotherapy room, equipment and treatment areas as well as covering front desk, general administrative and clerical support.

After successful completion of the in-class and lab portion of the program, students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills during their externship.

Program Courses

Graduates from the Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Assistant program cover the following topics throughout the program:

  • Introduction to Rehabilitation
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Functional Movement
  • Rehabilitation Principles
  • Disease, Injury, and Prevention
  • Physiotherapy  Fundamentals
  • Clinical Physiotherapy Principles
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Effective Therapeutic Communications
  • Client Record Management
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Human Growth Development and Mental Health
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Personal and Financial Success
  • PTA Clinical Externship
  • Job Search

Areas of employment for Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Assistants are:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Practices
  • Continuing or Long-term Care Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Schools
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Private Homes

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent successful completion of the qualifying entrance exam (available to mature students 18 years or older)
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Privacy of Personal Information (PIPEDA)
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Check

Practicum Requirements

  • Proof of Criminal Record Check
  • Statement of Satisfactory Heath Requirements

Program Details

Duration 12 Months
Program Type Diploma
Campuses Brantford, Windsor