Health Career Profiles

Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant

Career Description

As a collaborative member of the health care team, occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physiotherapy assistants (PTA) work under the supervision of either a registered occupational therapist or a registered physiotherapist assisting them with treatment plans for individuals who have conditions that are physically or developmentally disabling.

Assistants prepare materials and equipment used during treatment and may perform clerical or administrative duties as assigned. There are also rehabilitation assistants that are qualified to work under the supervision of and in collaboration with both an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist.

Academic and Licensing Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent

High school diploma (or equivalent) should include (differs for educational institutions): grade 12 Academic English and Biology; and one additional grade 12 Academic Science

Upon successful completion of the education requirements, one must successfully challenge the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s examinations to receive certification as a dentist.

To work as a Dentist in Nova Scotia, one must be registered and licensed through the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.

Where to study in Nova Scotia

Où étudier en Nouvelle-Écosse (en français)