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Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant
Red Deer Collegewww.rdc.ab.ca
Red Deer College (RDC) is a comprehensive community college serving more than 7,500 credit students, 3,000 Apprentices and 13,000 Continuing Education students. Award-winning programs and athletic teams along with affordable tuition and small class size make RDC a great choice for students. !SPAN>
RDC offers over 75 program options including certificates, diplomas, apprenticeship and industry training, university transfers, degree completion in education and nursing and applied degrees and graduate certificates. !SPAN>
Programs offered include administrative professional, business administration, early learning and childcare, educational assistant, electrical and mechanical engineering, international business, kinesiology and sport studies, medical laboratory assistant, music, legal assistant, occupational therapist and physiotherapist assistant, pharmacy technician, practical nurse, social work, theatre and visual art. !SPAN>
University transfer programs are available in arts, biological sciences, commerce, communications, earth sciences, education, engineering, forestry, French history, mathematics, nutrition, philosophy, pre-professional studies including chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.!SPAN>
Degree completion programs are offered in partnership with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary at RDC for collaborative bachelor degree programs in education, nursing and social work.!SPAN>
Apprenticeship and trades training prepare students for a career in automotive, carpentry, cook, electrician, heavy equipment, instrumentation, locksmith, millwright, parts, plumbing, rig technician, sprinkler systems, steamfitter/pipefitter, water well driller and welding.!SPAN>!SPAN>
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
A minimum of:
- 60% in ELA 30-1 or 75% in ELA 30-2 or equivalent
- 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent; and
- 50% in a 30 level math course (Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, Math 30 Applied or equivalent) or another 30 level science course
Note: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in addition to the program admission requirements.!div> !div> !div> Non-Academic requirement!div>
- Immunization to be completed prior to program start date
- In addition to the above requirements the applicant must provide evidence of current Heart and Stroke Foundation: Basic Life Support Provider Level and Standard First Aid. You must re-certify CPR each year.
Note: Prior to entering the program, students should have an understanding of the specific skills that will help bring them success as an occupational/physical therapist assistant. Please refer to the Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant (OPTA) department page for details regarding these skills.
Note: It is to your advantage to have basic computer literacy with working knowledge of word processing software.
Note: While not an admission requirement for the program, applicants are advised that they will be required to provide a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check) including a Vulnerable Sector Check to most agencies where they will be placed for practicum experiences. The existence of police information or a criminal record may prevent practicum placement, program completion, professional licensure and therefore affect future employment prospects. It is the decision of each agency or institution to accept or reject a student for placement or observation experience based on the results of the police information check.
Note: Students with Study Permits that are admitted to a program that has a practicum or clinical placement in childcare, primary/secondary school teaching or health service field occupations must complete their Medical Authorization as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada one month prior to the start of classes.
Note: Students must complete a minimum of one-third of their practical training in each area (OT or PT) and will be placed in a variety of therapeutic environments, which may include: hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, private rehabilitation clinics/services, and home care and community care services.!div> !div> !div> Graduation Requirements !div>
You must pass all courses and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00!div> !div> !div>
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2019/08/01 to 2020/07/31*.
Tuition $4,088.50 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,246.50 Year One
Mandatory Fees $1,059.50 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
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Updated August 27, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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