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Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Due to medical advances, a growing number of children and adults with disabilities can lead fulfilling lives. People who experienced an injury or a health condition that impacted their ability to function in day-to-day life can maximize their physical, mental, and social abilities through rehabilitation. Under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT) or physiotherapist, therapist assistants work with clients with the goal of facilitating their active participation in our society. Therapist assistants also support facility administration by managing therapeutic supplies and maintaining equipment. You can train to be a rehabilitation therapy assistant at SAIT and gain knowledge in occupational and physical therapy to become a skilled assistant, with a curriculum that meets and exceeds the essential competencies required for support personnel for both OT and physiotherapist professions. This program addresses key concepts of rehabilitation and healthcare delivery. You'll have the opportunity to go on observational visits to clinical settings to help you integrate your knowledge of normal physical and psychological function with basic therapeutic skills, and study advanced rehabilitation concepts, common health conditions, and therapeutic skills used in occupational therapy and physical therapy. You'll also develop advanced therapeutic skills and learn about complex health conditions. This program includes two practicum rotations during which you'll apply and further refine your classroom and laboratory learning.

Office of the Registrar
1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2M0L4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:

  • English Language Arts 30-1, AND,
  • Biology 30, AND,
  • Chemistry 20 or Science 20.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $3,800.00 Year One
  • Tuition $3,132.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,900.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid 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.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 04, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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