Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA)
PTA program includes the following modules:
- Physiotherapy and Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) as a profession.
- Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
- The Human Development
- Kinesiology and Body Mechanics
- Pathology and Physiology
- Cognitive disorders
- Electrophysical Agents in Physiotherapy
- Clinical Reasoning Skills
- Clinical Physiotherapy
- Clinical Overview
- Clinical Internship
- An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent, or
- 18 years of age or older and pass a qualifying test that has been approved by the school, or
- Meet other academic qualifications or minimum age requirements established as a condition of the school, and
- Vulnerable Sector Criminal record check
- Medical certificate indicating student is fit to complete the clinical practicum component, free of communicable diseases
- Standard First Aid Certificate and Basic Rescuer CPR Certificate before starting clinical placement
Under the supervision of a physiotherapist, physiotherapist assistants (PTA) teach patients body mechanics, posture, muscle strengthening, stretching, balance, and coordination exercises and how to use wheelchairs, crutches, canes and walkers.
PTAs work with clients who may be suffering from injuries or diseases resulting from falls, motor vehicular accidents, trauma, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, fracture, aging, and many other causes that will alter the normal functioning of an individual.
PTAs acquire a solid understanding of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, therapeutic exercises, and electro-physiotherapy which serve as their groundwork to becoming a competent and effective physiotherapist assistant.
Physiotherapist Assistants are employed in private or public physiotherapy rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, PT rehabilitation facilities, nursing home facilities, schools, sports facilities and out-patient practice settings.
Physiotherapist Assistant is expected to be among the fastest growing occupations in Canada and around the globe.
In Canada, physiotherapist assistant positions are expected to increase because of the fast-growing number of aging population and motor vehicular accidents.
Physiotherapist Assistants earn an average of $12 to $26 an hour for an average of $25,000 to $60,000 a year.
PTA Program Length:
At Clarkridge Career Institute, Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) Program is offered as a Part Time program or Advanced Standing.
Why Consider a Career in Physiotherapist Assistant?
A career in PTA is very rewarding. PTAs work closely with a physiotherapist in treating patients/ clients helping them recover from injuries and illnesses that may temporarily or permanently change their lives.
PTAs are important members of a rehabilitation team. Helping people to progress towards optimal health is a wonderful experience.
PTAs are men and women who enjoy challenging work, communicating with people and working in a team to assist patients/clients to achieve their fullest rehabilitation potential.
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