- September 03, 2024
- In Class
Tuition & Fees
International: CAD $48,612
We are no longer accepting applications for International learners for the Spring 2024 intake.
The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant diploma program prepares students to work in today's dynamic health care system. This program provides students with a strong occupational and physical therapy assistant background and incorporates essential assistant-level skills in therapeutic recreation and speech-language pathology. Extensive hands-on learning using equipment and technology in the lab combined with practicum placements prepare students to transition seamlessly into a discipline-specific or interdisciplinary role in rehabilitation.
This program includes 49 theory credits (735 hours), 11 lab credits (165 hours), and 19 practicum credits (840 hours).
The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant Diploma Program at Bow Valley College has Candidacy Status and can now take the next step towards accreditation by the OTA & PTA EAP. Having Candidacy Status does not mean that the Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant Diploma Program at Bow Valley College will be accredited once the process is finished, but the first step is complete.
The Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant Diploma program has a designated lab to simulate rehabilitation practice in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and recreation therapy.
Tuition and financial aid
Refer to the Program Tuition Fee Chart for an estimate of the cost of completing a Bow Valley College career program. When creating a budget, consider the costs of tuition, student fees, textbooks, learning materials, and police information check fees. Attend a Financial Aid Information Session for advice on financing a Bow Valley College education.
- Minimum 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or the equivalent
- Minimum 60% or higher in Biology 30 or equivalent
- Credit in Math 10C or equivalent
English language proficiency requirements
- See English Language Proficiency Requirements for details
- A current Police Information Check (PIC) must be submitted prior to practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent practicum placements and, subsequently, successful completion of the program.
- To facilitate your Work Integrated Learning placement with our external partners Rubella vaccination is mandatory and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for many of the sites. Failure to provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination will delay program completion. All other immunizations are highly recommended. Up-to-date immunizations are valid for the duration of the program.
- Current CPR certification is required. Bow Valley College offers FACP9101 Basic Life Support CPR (Healthcare provider level) through Continuing Education. The current schedule and online registration is available here. This certificate must be renewed every year.
- N95 mask fitting is required prior the first practicum placement. Bow Valley College offers SAFT9406 N95 Mask Fitting through Continuing Education. The current schedule and online registration is available here.
- Applicants must be able to work variable shifts and weekends, be on their feet for extended periods of time, use their knees, back, and arms to move clients who have minimal body strength and function effectively in stressful situations.
Full course outlines are available here.
Curriculum subject to change.
This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.
Examine human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and the relationship between the structure and function of body systems relevant to rehabilitation therapy.
Explore fundamental concepts and theories in interdisciplinary rehabilitation and the unique roles and common practices of occupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, and speech-language pathology. Analyze the role of the therapy assistant within the interdisciplinary team.
Develop skills required to collaborate as an effective member of an interdisciplinary health care team. Explore functional roles within teams, communication strategies, conflict management, and cultural competency. Adapt communication strategies to perform client interviews and develop effective therapeutic relationships in simulated clinical and interprofessional scenarios.
Apply the principles of therapeutic mobility within a rehabilitation context, including body mechanics, functional mobility, bed mobility, lifts and transfers, gait retraining, gait aid fitting, wheelchair operation, and seating mechanics. Complete documentation and reporting requirements.
Explore therapeutic recreation and models of care that guide service delivery. Discuss the Leisure Ability Model as a framework to service, with a focus on promoting client wellness through goal-oriented leisure activities.
Examine essential concepts of functional anatomy including terminology, the movement of joints during various activities, and biomechanical principles.
Examine diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management of various disorders encountered in rehabilitation.
Explore fundamental concepts, theories, and frames of reference specific to occupational therapy and its unique approach to client care. Apply foundational knowledge in activities of daily living (ADL), posture, seating, supportive surfaces, wounds, pressure, splinting, and orthotics. Assist with the modification and management of ADL equipment, splints, and orthotics, and provide client education.
Examine the importance of infection control, limb-handling, and chest physical therapy techniques in rehabilitation. Acquire skills to position clients effectively to promote comfort and safety in simulated clinical scenarios.
Explore the fundamental concepts and theories related to therapeutic modalities. Apply various physical therapy modalities such as thermal therapy, cryotherapy, ultrasound, traction, and electrotherapy and provide client education in simulated clinical scenarios.
Examine client dementia from diagnosis to end stage and explore creative and dynamic approaches to care.
Explore fundamental concepts and theories of therapeutic exercise including resistance, balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercises. Assist with the planning, implementation, and modification of therapeutic exercises for individuals and groups.
Conduct functional, range of motion, and strength assessments within a rehabilitation framework of evidence-based, client-centered management.
Learners will apply knowledge and skills in a speech-language therapy setting while gaining experience in the role of the therapy assistant. Under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist, learners will be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate competencies.
Analyze the stages of therapeutic program development, implementation, and evaluation for clients of a variety of life stages, cultures, and conditions. With focus on the therapy assistant's role in the therapeutic recreation process, apply best practices for selecting activities, engaging clients in active participation, and observing and documenting client response to a variety of programs.
Examine mental health, cognitive function, and related therapeutic interventions. Explore the role of the therapy assistant in mental health and cognitive care.
Examine typical and atypical motor development and the foundations of pediatric care, hand therapy, and amputee rehabilitation. Focus on client-specific considerations and explore various pathological conditions and impairments to provide culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed care.
Analyze the speech and language pathology framework of practice and the role of the therapy assistant in supporting speech, language, and communication. Outline typical speech sound development and common sound and motor speech disorders and apply treatment strategies.
Analyze the speech and language pathology framework of practice and the role of the therapy assistant in supporting language and swallowing. Outline the sequence of typical language development and normal developmental milestones. Apply treatment strategies for developmental and acquired language disorders, and assist in preparing assessments and implementing dysphagia management techniques.
Learners will apply knowledge and skills in a therapeutic recreation setting while gaining experience in the role of the therapy assistant. Under the supervision of a recreation therapist, learners will be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate competencies.
Learners will apply knowledge and skills in a speech-language therapy setting while gaining experience in the role of the therapy assistant. Under the supervision of an speech-language pathologist, learners will be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate competencies.
Learners will apply knowledge and skills in a rehabilitation setting to gain experience in the role of the interdisciplinary therapy assistant. Under the supervision of an occupational and/or physical therapist or team of preceptors that also includes recreation therapists and/or speech-language pathologists, learners will be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate competencies at entry-to-practice.
Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate
Do you have work experience or education in health or human services? Are you interested in a five-month program? Enhance the well-being, health, and vitality of clients through leisure and recreation with the Recreation Therapy Aide Certificate.
Health Care Aide Certificate
The Health Care Aide program will provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on skills to provide person-centered care within a health care team.