Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma

The Physiotherapist Assistant diploma program at the National Academy of Health and Business has been designed to provide students with a strong foundation and the necessary skills to work under the supervision of a licensed physiotherapist.

Current trends in the healthcare industry have lead to restructuring and have resulted in shorter hospital stays and more outpatient rehabilitation. Some tasks formerly performed by physiotherapists are now being delegated to physiotherapist assistants in an effort to further reduce costs and wait times, as such the demand for skilled individuals to take jobs as physiotherapist assistants is expected to dramatically increase over the next few years.

The Physiotherapist Assistant diploma program is a nine month program that includes an eleven week clinical study and provides a well-rounded combination of theory instruction and practical training from which the student can continually develop and apply their knowledge to skilled tasks and proper assessment procedures.

Students can expect to be taken on several field trips and enjoy the pleasure of having guest speakers visit the Academy.

Course Summary


Anatomy & Physiology


Water/Electrolyte Balance/Nervous System


Intro to Kinesiology/Gait


Amputation and Care/prostheses


Human Development


Common Human Disorders


Review for Midterm theory


Midterm Theory


Physical Agents


Ultrasound Theory


Ultrasound Practical




Clinical Problem Solving I


Communication Techniques


Communication Disorders


Departmental Administration


Systems of Health Care Delivery


Clinical Problem Solving II


Ethical issues


Final Practical Examination


Review for Theory Final


Final Theory Exam


Clinical Instruction


 TOTAL PROGRAM LENGTH: 36 weeks, including an 11 week job placement

NAHB is proud of its strong relationships with private clinics, athletic and rehabilitation clinics and hospital prosthetic departments. We are pleased to locate job placements as these clinics on the students’ behalf so they are able to fully concentrate on their academics throughout their nine months at the National Academy of Health & Business.

Future Career Opportunities

The graduates are prepared to work in the following settings under the supervision of a Physiotherapist:

  • Rehabilitation departments
  • Fitness clubs and spas
  • Hospitals (areas of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and prosthetics)
  • Physiotherapy clinics
  • Long term care facilities
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Clinics offering chiropractic, homeopathic and naturopathic care
  • Recreational therapy facilities

Clinical Placement

The National Academy of Health and Business is one of the few colleges in Canada that will find your placement for you following your in-class training. In the job placement that we’ll locate for you, you will have the opportunity to apply the theoretical skills you learn in classes in a professional setting. This real-world experience will help you gain confidence through hands-on training, and practical work experience.

Funding Options

Developing work place skills is an investment in your future. Financial Assistance may be available to those who qualify. Call one of our career counsellors for more information.

A Day in the Life

Some of the duties performed by a Physiotherapy Assistant include:

  • Physiotherapist assistants work in a variety of clinical areas such as neurology, orthopedics, and cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, which may include obstetrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, oncology, sports injuries, geriatrics, and the treatment of patients with burns or in the field of ergonomics.
  • Assessing patients’ physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests.
  • Establishing treatment goals, alongside the physiotherapist, with patients based on physical diagnoses.
  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of programs of physiotherapy including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydro-therapy.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly.
  • Maintaining clinical and statistical records and conferring with other healthcare professionals.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community.