Physiotherapy Assistant

Physical therapist assistants help physiotherapists implement treatment programs designed to improve or maintain clients’ abilities to function independently. Under the direction of physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists, carry out treatment programs such as thermotherapy, traction, hydrotherapy and electrotherapeutic techniques to rehabilitate patients with various injuries or disabilities to maximize their ability to independently manage daily activities.

They may work in outpatient clinics with clients who have orthopedic issues, in schools and preschools to help children develop physical and social skills, in extended care settings with geriatric clients, or in hospital settings with patients who have a variety of disorders or have undergone surgery. Whatever the setting, they work under the direction and supervision of physiotherapists.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$15.00 – $30.92

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$29,250 – $60,294

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Physiotherapy assistants require completion of a two- to three-year college program in physical rehabilitation therapy or a two-year physical therapy assistant (PTA) program and supervised practical training.

Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$15.00 - $30.92


$29,250 - $60,294


Employment outlook is good to fair across provinces. More information is available here.

Without further education, advancement opportunities for physical therapist assistants are limited.

Having a diploma in Physiotherapy assistant program from an accredited institution is usually required. Some examples of such programs:

Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant at Vancouver Community College

Therapist Assistant Program (PTA & OTA Major) at MacEwan University

Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant at Centennial College

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Excellent communication skills; empathetic; ability to work independently, Physical and mental stamina; Critical thinking skills, Patience, Flexibility, Organizational skills and attention to detail; Manual dexterity; teamwork

No certification is currently required.

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings including private practices, hospitals, continuing or long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, schools, and private homes. They generally work weekdays but may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The work can be physically demanding and they need to help clients transfer, stand, walk, and exercise. They may be on their feet for long periods of time. They may also be required to move heavy equipment.

  1. Getting admitted into diploma in Physiotherapy Assistant program.

  2. If not possible, one can start having a certificate program/ on-the-job training as a Physiotherapy helper or attendant, then enter into the Physiotherapy Assistant program.