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Physiotherapist/Rehabilitation Assistant Courses


Physiotherapist/Rehabilitation Assistant Courses in Toronto


  • System And Computer Fundamentals
  • This course provides an introduction to the Microsoft® Windows operating system, Internet Explorer browser, and Outlook information manager; word processing, and data processing applications. In addition, this course offers an introduction to applications and procedures specific to Herzing College.
  • Word Processing Software
  • This course presents the practical application of the concepts and features of Microsoft® Word. Topics include formatting text and documents, creating and formatting tables, working with graphics, integrating information with other programs, managing styles and templates, working with columns, merging documents, file management techniques, and creating forms.
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • This course presents the practical application of the concepts and features of a spreadsheet package using Microsoft® Excel. Topics include using and managing worksheets and workbooks; applying formatting and style features; working with data, formulas, and functions; managing charts and graphics; working with outlines, views, and reports.
  • Introduction to Rehabilitation, the Health Care System and Ethics
  • This course introduces students to the field of rehabilitation within the Canadian Health Care System. Topics include a comparison of the medical model, the rehabilitation model, and the client-centered model of patient care; severity and types of disability; rehabilitation team members and their roles; rehabilitation principles and goals; the health care system, social services and funding services; the therapeutic relationship; the code of ethics; and moral dilemmas of the health care setting such as patient rights (paternalism; informed consent, rights to therapy, competency for decision making and participation in research), dilemmas of life and death (euthanasia, abortion, care for the dying), allocation of health-care resources, and special dilemmas of health-care professionals, for example sexual harassment.
  • Medical Terminology, Body Systems and Disease
  • This subject provides students with a basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of body systems and their associated disorders. Students are introduced to the study of normal structure and function, the recognition of various homeostatic imbalances, diseases and disorders, medical terminology, and medical abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, especially as they relate to movement.
  • Basic Patient Care Techniques, Functional Movement and Rehabilitation
  • This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to interact safely and effectively with a variety of clients in situations, categorized by (1) functional movement and (2) rehabilitation. Topics include infection control; safe body mechanics; functional movement, posture and gait; basic exercise and mobility techniques; safe transfer techniques; safe and effective use of various types of ambulatory aids; patient observation skills; procedures for reporting and documentation; and therapeutic skills such as palpation, range of motion, application.
  • Developmental Psychology and Functional Development across the Life Span
  • This subject introduces students to developmental psychology, human development and how aging can affect the client base. Physiotherapist Assistants must be familiar with the changes that occur in “normal” aging and with those that are pathological in nature especially as they relate to the Physiotherapy Process. Students learn how to interact effectively with patients taking into account the therapeutic use of self, and how to respond to systems and behaviors, and safety techniques.
  • PTA Administration and Program Support
  • This course introduces Physiotherapy Assistant students to administrative functions within the clinical environment. Topics covered include office administrative skills such as telephone and reception skills, appointment scheduling, filing, correspondence and mail processing, photocopying, equipment and supply maintenance and how to assist with meetings. Workload Measurement statistics are also covered.
  • Essential Skills for PTA – Musculoskeletal
  • This course introduces students to a wide range of common musculoskeletal conditions encountered in daily practice, including those resulting from trauma, disease, illness, genetics, aging and the environment and the treatment/management for each. Students also develop basic skills in carrying out exercise programs; bandaging; applying splints, slings, and immobilizers; assisting with ambulatory aids; setting up slings, pulleys, weights, exercise bikes, and treadmills; recording and reporting information.
  • Essential Skills for PTA – Modalities and Physical Agents
  • This course focuses on providing the knowledge and basic competency skills required to assist with setting up, carrying out, and completing patient treatment procedures using a variety of modalities, equipment and Electrotherapeutic modalities. Emphasis is placed on safety issues and students learn precautions, side effects, contraindications, hazards and dangers of equipment and modality use, and the importance of follow through on reporting observations to the supervising physiotherapist. Principles of equipment maintenance and care are also covered.
  • Essential Skills for PTA – Cardiac, Neurological, Respiratory & Wound Management
  • The overall focus of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to assist clients/patients with neurological, cardiovascular and/or respiratory problems. Topics include GMF, motor control, postural control and balance, cognitive/sensory stimulation, vital signs, auscultation, bed exercises, breathing exercises, postural drainage techniques, ROM and mobility activities, including precautions and contraindications. Students develop an awareness of their role and boundaries when interacting with neurologically impaired patients and consider and discuss psychosocial aspects related to neurological, cardiovascular and/or respiratory conditions. Basic wound care and specialized interventions are also covered in this section.
  • Introduction to Mental Health, Illness and Disability
  • This course introduces students to mental health/illness and their role in assisting occupational therapists and physiotherapists in the management of common mental health and psychosocial disabling conditions. Students will become familiar with the history and theory of medical and psychological models of mental health and illness, mental health/illness treatment settings and service provision, common mental health and psychosocial disabling conditions, psychotherapeutic medications, an overview of occupational therapy process used in the treatment of clinical conditions commonly seen in the psychiatric setting, health maintenance in the area of mental health, and how to effectively interact with clients having a psychiatric disability.
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • This course provides students with an introduction to the field of Occupational Therapy with a specific focus on Occupational Therapy Assistants and their role in clinical practice, particularly as it applies to physical dysfunction practice. Topics covered include history and theory related to occupational therapy, the role of the Occupational Therapist Assistant, the Occupational Therapy process, and Occupational Therapy evaluation methods, broad aspects of treatment, and selected treatment interventions and treatment applications.
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications
  • This course provides certification in Emergency First Aid and Basic Rescuer (level C) CPR.
  • Career Development & Client Services
  • This course helps students prepare for employment, conduct a successful campaign to find employment, and be successful in their career as a Physiotherapist Assistant. Topics covered include preparation of a resume, covering letter and thank you letter to use in job search as well as the importance of life-long learning.
  • Clinical Work Placement
  • Near the conclusion of the program, students are required to complete 150 hours of clinical work placement under the supervision of a Physiotherapist. Placement sites include hospitals, physiotherapy clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, sports medicine clinics, community health care agencies and other medical settings. During the placement, duties may include administering programs developed by the physiotherapist to individual clients or groups of clients such as strengthening and ROM exercises, gait training, balance, and endurance enhancing exercises; monitoring and reporting any change or adverse reaction to treatment or prescribed program plan to the supervising physiotherapist; assisting with lifts and transfers from wheelchairs, beds, bathtubs, toilets, etc.; setting up, adapting and instructing clients, families, staff and students on appropriate equipment such as wheelchairs and walking aids; applying and monitoring splinting devices; assisting with treatment programs in hydrotherapy sessions; preparing, applying and monitoring modalities as requested (heat, cold, ultrasound, TENS, etc,); maintaining inventory and ordering equipment and supplies as requested; cleaning treatment areas and ensuring supplies are available as required; and documenting treatment/workload statistics as required

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