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  • Objectives
    Capilano University offers the only program nationally to triple-train graduates as occupational therapy assistants (OTA), physiotherapy assistants (PTA) and speech language/audiology assistants (SLPA). The RA works with clients in a variety of settings providing hands-on rehabilitation, such as exercise, range of motion, splinting, activities of daily living, adjusting hearing aid or performing hearing screening.
  • Academic Title
    Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma
  • Course description
    First Term    Course Credits
    Required:    16.50
    • RADP 100    Rehabilitation and Professional Skills in Health Care    3.00
    • RADP 111    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: OT/OTA    2.25
    • RADP 112    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: PT/PTA    2.25
    • RADP 120    Growth and Development for Rehabilitation Assistants    0.50
    • RADP 121    Functional Anatomy, Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA    3.00
    • RADP 130    Disease, Injury and Intervention: Musculoskeletal Systems    1.00
    • RADP 131    Musculoskeletal Theory and Skills: OTA    2.25
    • RADP 132    Musculoskeletal Theory and Skills: PTA    2.25
    Credits    16.50

    Second Term    Course Credits
    Required:    15.00
    • RADP 101    Effective Therapeutic Communication in Rehabilitation    1.50
    • RADP 113    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: SLP/SLPA    2.00
    • RADP 114    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: RA    1.00
    • RADP 122    Physiology and Cardio-Respiratory Theory and Skills: PTA    1.00
    • RADP 140    Disease, Injury and Intervention: Psychosocial/Cognitive Systems    1.50
    • RADP 141    Psychosocial/Cognitive Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA    2.00
    • RADP 190    Practicum: Fieldwork I    6.00
    Credits    15.00

    Third Term    Course Credits

    Required:    16.50
    • RADP 210    Administrative Support Systems for Rehabilitation Assistants    1.50
    • RADP 230    Disease, Injury and Intervention: Neurological System    1.50
    • RADP 231    Neurology Theory and Skills: OTA    3.00
    • RADP 232    Neurology Theory and Skills: PTA    3.00
    • RADP 233    Neurology Theory and Skills: SLPA    1.50
    • RADP 290    Practicum: Fieldwork II    6.00
    Credits    16.50

    Fourth Term    Course Credits

    Required:    15.00
    • RADP 201    Advanced Communications in Rehabilitation    1.50
    • RADP 211    Recreation Techniques for Rehabilitation Assistants    1.50
    • RADP 240    Gerontology Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA    2.00
    • RADP 243    Audiology Theory and Skills: SLPA    1.00
    • RADP 250    Community Integration Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA    3.00
    • RADP 291    Practicum: Fieldwork III    6.00
    Credits    15.00
    Total Program Credits    63.00

    RADP 100    Rehabilitation and Professional Skills in Health Care
    3.00 credits    (3,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Students will learn about the environment in which health care is delivered, the rehabilitation approach, their role responsibilities and the client's perspective. Students will also learn the meaning of safe, ethical, competent practice and develop an understanding of professionalism in relation to clients/significant others, colleagues and community.

    RADP 101    Effective Therapeutic Communication in Rehabilitation
    1.50 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 100
    Students will learn effective interpersonal communications skills from a rehabilitation framework in order to facilitate and support the Rehabilitation Assistant in teaching and working with clients, clinicians and interdisciplinary teams both individually and in groups.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 111    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: OT/OTA
    2.25 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 112 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn about occupational therapy in terms of rehabilitation theory, principles, process and practice.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 112    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: PT/PTA
    2.25 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 111 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn about physical therapy in terms of rehabilitation theory, principles, process and practice.

    RADP 113    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: SLP/SLPA
    2.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 114 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will gain an understanding of speech-language pathology in terms of rehabilitation theory, principles, process and practice.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 114    Rehabilitation Principles and Practices: RA
    1.00 credit    (2,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 111 and 112
    Students will learn about being a Rehabilitation Assistant in terms of rehabilitation theory, principles, process and practices specifically designed to provide Rehabilitation Assistants with a practice process and strong foundation for problem-solving.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 120    Growth and Development for Rehabilitation Assistants
    0.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    05 wks
    Students will learn about developmental milestones and skill acquisition. These will be discussed in terms or impairments and treatment plans for developing or restoring skill function following disease or injury.

    RADP 121    Functional Anatomy, Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 120 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn about the musculoskeletal system, its functions, how it coordinates posture, core stability and body mechanics.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 122    Physiology and Cardio-Respiratory Theory and Skills: PTA
    1.00 credit    (2,0,0) hrs    12 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 120 and 121
    Students will learn about the cardio-respiratory and lymphatic systems, and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistant skills used in the treatment of cardiac and pulmonary diseases when working with physiotherapists.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 130    Disease, Injury and Intervention: Musculoskeletal Systems
    1.00 credit    (2,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 120 and 121 are prerequisites or co-requisites
    Students will learn about diseases and injuries which cause impairment to the musculoskeletal system, usual interventions and effects on a person's activity and participation levels.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 131    Musculoskeletal Theory and Skills: OTA
    2.25 credits    (2,0,1) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 130 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn to apply theory and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistant skills used in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries when working with occupational therapists.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 132    Musculoskeletal Theory and Skills: PTA
    2.25 credits    (1,2,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 130 and 131 are prerequisites or co-requisites
    Students will learn to apply theory and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistant skills used in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries when working with physiotherapists.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 140    Disease, Injury and Intervention: Psychosocial/Cognitive Systems
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 130, 131 and 132
    Students will learn about diseases and injuries which cause impairment to cognitive and/or psychosocial systems, usual interventions and effects on a person's activity and participation levels.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 141    Psychosocial/Cognitive Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA
    2.00 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    20 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 140 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn to apply theory and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistant skills used in the treatment of cognitive and psychosocial diseases and injuries when working with occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 190    Practicum: Fieldwork I
    6.00 credits    (0,0,35) hrs    04 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 100, 111, 112, 120, 121, 130, 131, 132 and registration in RADP 101, 113, 114, 122, 140, 141
    Students will have practical clinical experience necessary to work effectively as a Rehabilitation Assistant supporting occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists in public or private practice. All fieldwork competencies must be successfully completed at Fieldwork I Level in order to continue in the program.
    Note: Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 201    Advanced Communications in Rehabilitation
    1.50 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 101
    Students will learn advanced communication skills and learn technological methods to support clinical work with clients, clinicians, interdisciplinary teams and operational work that supports the delivery of rehabilitation services and related records.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 210    Administrative Support Systems for Rehabilitation Assistants
    1.50 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Corequisite: RADP 230
    Students will learn the fundamental data, file management and system skills to support efficient and effective operations within the health care delivery system.
    Note: Corequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 211    Recreation Techniques for Rehabilitation Assistants
    1.50 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 114
    Students will gain an understanding of the function and process of recreation activities and how to use these activities to assist people in developing, maintaining or restoring skills to their optimal levels of activity and participation within their community.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 230    Disease, Injury and Intervention: Neurological System
    1.50 credits    (2,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 140 and 141
    Students will learn about diseases and injuries which cause impairment to the neurological system, usual interventions and effect on a person's activity and participation levels.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 231    Neurology Theory and Skills: OTA
    3.00 credits    (3,1,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 230 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn to apply theory and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistant skills used in the treatment of neurological diseases and injuries when working with occupational therapists.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 232    Neurology Theory and Skills: PTA
    3.00 credits    (1,1,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 230 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn to apply theory and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistants skills used in the treatment of neurological diseases and injuries when working with physiotherapists.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 233    Neurology Theory and Skills: SLPA
    1.50 credits    (3,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 230 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn to apply theory and acquire the practical rehabilitation assistant skills used in the treatment of neurological diseases and injuries when working with speech-language pathologists.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 240    Gerontology Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA
    2.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 230, 231, 232, 233 and 290
    Students will learn about aging; the resulting effects on activity, participation, social community; and interventions for safety and maintenance of function used by Rehabilitation Assistants working with occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
    Note: Prerequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 243    Audiology Theory and Skills: SLPA
    1.00 credit    (2,0,0) hrs    10 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 240 is a prerequisite or co-requisite
    Students will learn about hearing, its functions, how it affects communication, and the strategies and devices used to restore function.
    Note: Prerequisite may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 250    Community Integration Theory and Skills: OTA/PTA
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Completion of all first, second and third term RADP courses
    Corequisite: RADP 201, 210, 240 and 243
    Students will learn about the delivery of rehabilitation services in the community including maintenance, development or restoration of skills and performance in terms of activity and participation including home, work, and leisure.
    Note: Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 290    Practicum: Fieldwork II
    6.00 credits    (0,0,35) hrs    04 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 190
    Corequisite: RADP 230, 231, 232 and 233
    Students will have practical clinical experience necessary to work effectively as a Rehabilitation Assistant supporting occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists in public or private practice. All fieldwork competencies must be successfully completed at Fieldwork II Level in order to continue in the program.
    Note: Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

    RADP 291    Practicum: Fieldwork III
    6.00 credits    (0,0,35) hrs    04 wks
    Prerequisite: RADP 230, 231, 232, 233, 290
    Corequisite: RADP 201, 210, 211, 240, 243 and 250
    In this practical clinical experience, the student will have an opportunity to work at a level comparable to that of employable Rehabilitation Assistants. All fieldwork competencies must be successfully completed at the Graduate Level in order to complete the program and receive a diploma.
    Note: Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived by program coordinator.

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