Okanagan College

Therapist Assistant Diploma

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Program Information

School:Okanagan College
Faculty:Health and Social Development
Field of Study:Physical Therapist Assistant
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

The Therapist Assistant Diploma will prepare the graduate to work as an Assistant to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Recreational Therapists. It is a two-year diploma of full-time study including four semesters of coursework plus 18 weeks of practical experience in clinical settings.

Principles, theory and practice will be taught at the Assistant level in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Recreation Therapy. Students will obtain an academic and practical foundation in the areas of health and rehabilitation science, and will take introductory-level university courses in English, Biology and Psychology. The Therapist Assistant Diploma curriculum is reflective of the growing and evolving scope of practice for Therapist Assistants. It has been developed in consultation with therapists, therapist assistants, and employers province-wide and is informed by national trends and provincial trends and competencies.

URL:Therapist Assistant Diploma at Okanagan College
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $12,702

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*60

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Biology 

Option One: B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent. English 12 with minimum of 60% or alternative (see school calendar). Chemistry 11 or an equivalent advanced-level Adult Basic Education chemistry course. At least one of the following: Biology 12 or Adult Basic Education BIOL 122 or BIOL 124 or an equivalent provincial-level ABE Biology course (Biology 12 or BIOL 122 strongly recommended). Option Two: One of Adult Basic Education ENGL 100, 150, 151, or 153 or equivalent. Adult Basic Education BIOL 131 and 133 or equivalent. Adult Basic Education PSYC 111 and 121 or equivalent.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Current certification in Red Cross Standard First Aid or St. John Ambulance First Aid. Current certification in Basic Life Support, Level C. Medical examination and health report. Results of tuberculin testing done no more than six months before the date of application with evidence of appropriate follow up if the test was positive. Criminal record clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Office. Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that their immunizations are current and to be immunized for Hepatitis B. Applicants are strongly advised to have at least a beginner's level of competency with computers and word processing.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on June 08, 2021