The model of physiotherapy practice is similar across Canada. However, the regulations and policies that govern physiotherapy may be slightly different in each Canadian province or territory.
In 2012, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators adopted the term of “Physiotherapist Assistant” to describe the support role within the practice of physiotherapy. However, provinces and territories continue to use different terms to describe this role. These include: Physiotherapist assistants, physiotherapy support personnel, physiotherapy support workers, physiotherapy aides, physiotherapy assistants, physiotherapist aides, rehabilitation assistants, and rehabilitation aides.
A review of the basic characteristics of this model may help you understand the responsibilities and daily work experiences of work as a physiotherapist assistant (PTA) in Canada. These include:
Work in the Canadian physiotherapy model is very rewarding and enjoyable. It also has its challenges and demands. It is very important to consider the following questions:1. Do you have good communication skills?
As you work through the self-assessment tool, it is important to consider your professional and personal ability to:
If or when you apply for physiotherapy licensure in Canada, you must take part in a formal assessment to make sure that your knowledge and skills meet Canadian licensing standards. This process includes language tests, written and oral or clinical examinations.
To learn more about becoming a physiotherapist in Canada, please refer to the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials: http://www.cicic.ca or the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapist Regulators website: http://www.alliancept.org.