Physical Therapist Assistant Schools in Ontario – ON
A physical therapy assistant, also known as a physiotherapist assistant, or PTA, works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physiotherapist and teaches clients to cope with movement limitations and improve their daily functioning. In Ontario, physical therapy assistants are known as support personnel and are regulated by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Many students who are interested in physical therapy but do not want to spend the years in school required to become a physical therapist seek out physical therapy assistant schools in Ontario.
Employers of physiotherapist assistants usually require a certificate or degree from a physical therapist assistant training program. While some employers provide on the job training, most assistants are required to complete some schooling (usually lasting for one to two years). In addition to having a degree or certification, physical therapist assistants must also have a current First Aid Certificate and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate. Some employers also require physical therapy assistants to have completed a basic Cardiac Life Support (C Level) Heart Saver Plus Canada course. Physical therapist assistants may find employment in medical facilities, long term care or rehabilitation facilities, fitness and sports centers, recreation centers, and in industry.