PTA PROGRAMS IN ONTARIO
It is not a requirement to have a degree or diploma from a PTA program in order to practice as a physiotherapist assistant in Ontario. However, it is best practice that a physiotherapist assign tasks to PTAs based on their education, training and the overall competence of a PTA so it is often beneficial to have an educational background. Hiring organizations can also determine what credentials they prefer.
Almost all programs in Ontario offer combined physiotherapist assistant and occupational therapist assistant (OTA) education programs. Upon the completion of a PTA/OTA program, the graduate would have the skill set to provide client-centered care in both areas of work.
Accredited versus non-accredited PTA Programs
An accredited program has been approved by the Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Accreditation Program. To be accredited, the program must have applied for the designation and wait for a period of 2-3 years while their program is evaluated.
List of all accredited and non-accredited PTA Programs
Find out more about what you need to know to be a physiotherapist assistant with this Self Assessment Readiness ToolTM for Physiotherapist Assistant (not currently available).