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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005



Anatomy and Physiology

An introduction to the structure and function of the body in its normal, healthy state. It serves as the basis for understanding pathophysiology and altered body states caused by illness. Students examine individual body organ systems, their components and processes, and how they interrelate.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ANAT-1000



Practice Skills - Communication

Effective interpersonal communication skills are essential in the healthcare field in order to establish effective relationships with clients, families and other health-care professionals. In Practice Skills - Communication, developing an awareness of personal communication style and skills is coupled with respect for others and an awareness of cultural diversity in learning how to maintain professional boundaries. The development of active listening, interviewing, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and conflict management skills is achieved through role-playing in simulated clinical situations.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1220



Gentle Persuasive Approach

The Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) is an innovative dementia care curriculum based on a person-centered care approach. GPA also includes respectful self-protective and gentle redirection technique for use in situations of risk. Designed for interdisciplinary point of care staff across a variety of sectors, GPA is delivered in an evidence-based, interactive session.

Hours: 8
Course Code: NCPR-1008



Transferring Lifting Repositioning (tlr)

Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR) Program is an injury prevention program designed to promote healthy lifestyles and safe work practices for anyone associated with moving people and/or objects. TLR improves how individuals prepare for and accomplish their work and decreases the frequency and severity of lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries.

Hours: 16
Course Code: NCPR-1010



Orientation to Rehabilitation

Orientation to Rehabilitation examines the conceptual framework that supports the practice of rehabilitation and the specific roles of the OTA/PTA within this framework. Areas explored include disability, ethical and professional behavior, teamwork and therapeutic relationships. Medical terminology and clinical documentation practice are introduced as foundational skills and are built upon throughout the program. These conceptual and practical foundations are reinforced by a series of observational visits to selected clinical settings as well as the development of a fieldwork portfolio that will serve as a basis for successful clinical fieldwork and professional employment upon graduation.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ORNT-1120



Practicum 1

Practicum 1 involves a practicum placement in a clinical facility as well as a short classroom component. Reflective learning tasks are used to reinforce concepts during and after the placement through online discussion board participation. Under the supervision of a licensed physiotherapist or occupational therapist, the learner will apply both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the clinical environment.

Hours: 160
Course Code: PRCT-2000



Practicum 2

Practicum 2 provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a clinical setting. Demonstration of entry-level occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant skills will be required.

Hours: 450
Course Code: PRCT-2200



Introduction to Healthcare Delivery

In Introduction to Healthcare Delivery, the role of the healthcare worker in Canada's changing healthcare system is examined in light of a number of broad trends including the impact of an aging population, ongoing pressures to privatize Medicare services, increased consumer involvement in healthcare issues and the increased emphasis on home care. Special attention is paid to the delivery of healthcare services in Prince Edward Island as learners grapple with the ethical and moral issues surrounding the cost of healthcare, issues of patient rights and the impact on current rehabilitation practices. Effective research and computer skills will be applied to examining these trends in healthcare.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PROF-1130



Professional Practice

In Professional Practice, reflective learning tasks are used to reinforce concepts during and after Practicum 3. Desired skills and behaviours will be identified to assist learners in developing learning goals and applying ethical practice in their role as occupational therapist assistant and/or physiotherapist assistant. Preparation for seeking employment will also be covered.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PROF-2230



Life Span Development

In Life Span Development, all stages of normal human development from conception to death are studied from a developmental psychological perspective with a focus on human behaviour and cognitive, social and personality development. The prenatal, family and environmental influences on developmental psychology and the use of developmental psychological concepts and theories in the application of rehabilitation are also addressed. Personal experiences and observations by the learners are incorporated to help identify the different concepts and stages in developmental psychology.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PSYC-1110



Anatomy of Movement

Identifying and describing the medical terminology, structure and function of the key body systems involved in human movement is essential in the practice of rehabilitation therapy. Anatomy of Movement is an introductory course on functional movement with emphasis placed on describing and analyzing the functionality of the skeletal, muscular and peripheral nervous systems including gross movements and surface anatomy. Learners develop observational and client handling skills through hands-on experience by palpating and moving the structures of the body to gain an appreciation of the three dimensional nature of the body and its movement potential.

Hours: 50
Course Code: RHAB-1140



Fundamentals of Client Care

In Fundamentals of Client Care, safe client-handling techniques and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills are developed through the integration of theory and practice emphasizing the principles of client-centred care. In the laboratory, safe practices and infection control measures are applied to all activities including the safe lifting, transferring and positioning of clients, using wheelchairs and conducting range of motion exercises. Biomechanical principles in rehabilitation and client monitoring practices are also examined in order to promote safe client contact in the workplace.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-1150



Applied Client Care

Applied Client Care will provide learners with opportunities to further develop and practice safe client-centred care. Skills-based elements such as wheelchair fitting and maintenance, sewing adaptation, ambulation with gait aids, interventions for people with amputations and client instruction will be covered.

Hours: 24
Course Code: RHAB-1210



Practice Skills - Modalities

In Practice Skills - Modalities, the many uses and applications of therapeutic modalities in rehabilitation and client-centred care are practiced in a lab setting as learners focus on the healing process, the physical agents affecting or impeding healing and the client's response to treatment. Learners will draw on their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology while studying the rationale for selecting and using different modalities ranging from hydrotherapy, ambulatory aids, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, ultrasound and the use of hot and cold packs.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-1230



Practice Skills - OTA Foundations

In Practice Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant Foundations, core concepts and principles are explored providing the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) with a solid foundation in the history, theory and basic clinical skills required for providing client-centred care. The relationship between a client's cognitive, visual, sensory or perceptual impairment is examined in relation to three important occupational performance areas: self care, leisure and productivity/work. Activity analysis, grading, environmental assessment techniques and teaching and learning styles are emphasized in developing and implementing occupational therapy interventions to help clients live independently.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-1240



Practice Skills - Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is the most common intervention used in rehabilitation practice. In Practice Skills - Exercise, anatomical knowledge and exercise theories are integrated to provide the rationale for various exercise techniques. Through the use of scenarios, learners will develop the skills necessary to apply and modify exercise techniques safely to meet the needs of clients in response to changes in physical status, or based on direction by the supervising therapist.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-1250



Health Conditions 1

In Health Conditions 1, the benefits of rehabilitation intervention are examined by focusing on a variety of health conditions commonly treated by rehabilitation ranging from soft tissue injuries, bone and joint problems, strokes, to pain syndromes. Using case studies, learners research these health conditions and identify how impairment in body function and structure can limit and restrict a client's ability to perform simple tasks or participate in everyday activities. The emphasis is on understanding medical, surgical and rehabilitation management of these conditions and applying that knowledge to optimize client outcomes with the parameters of the role of the occupational therapy assistant and the physical therapy assistant.

Hours: 90
Course Code: RHAB-1260



Practice Skills - Mental Health Concepts

In Practice Skills - Mental Health Concepts, the core principles, concepts, and processes of occupational therapy are applied to clients with mental health issues. The occupational therapist assistant (OTA) applies knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and treatment models to interventions, to promote occupational performance and improve independence while providing client-centred care.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-2120



OTA Advanced Practice Skills

In OTA Advanced Practice Skills the core concepts, principles and processes of occupational therapy are applied to clients with cognitive, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. Splinting, adaption fabrication, activity analysis and meaningful activities for restoring occupational performance in one-on-one and group settings will be practiced.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-2130



PTA Advanced Practice Skills

Concepts and practice skills of therapeutic exercise and physical modalities from previous courses in the Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant program are applied to both simple and complex health conditions. Focus will be placed on applying interventions as part of a comprehensive client-centred treatment plan in a simulated clinic setting.

Hours: 45
Course Code: RHAB-2140



Communications Disorders

Communication Disorders provide an overview of common speech, language, and swallowing disorders throughout the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on basic interventions and practical strategies that promote effective communication and function with individuals who have these disorders.

Hours: 24
Course Code: RHAB-2150



Health Conditions 2

Health Conditions 2 uses a case study approach to focus on a variety of health conditions commonly treated by rehabilitation interventions ranging from neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions to health conditions involving multiple body systems. The spectrum of intervention types are related to the functional impairments associated with the health conditions.

Hours: 70
Course Code: RHAB-2160



Practicum Consolidation

Practicum Consolidation provides learners with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate the theory and practical skills covered during the Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant program through the completion of a standardized clinical examination and case study presentation.

Hours: 24
Course Code: RHAB-2240