Physiotherapist Assistants

Learn more about what physiotherapist assistants do

In Canada, Physiotherapist Assistants (PTAs) work with Physiotherapists to provide care for clients. Under the supervision of the Physiotherapist, the PT and PTA work as a team. PTAs can be involved in aspects of care such as exercises, gait training or applying ice packs/heat. PTAs are not responsible for assessment or designing treatment plans.  

There is no licence required to be a PTA. Most employers hire PTA's who have successfully completed an Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program. However, internationally trained PTs may be considered in the hiring process.

You can find more info about PTA training programs here