Dawson’s newest science program
The Physiotherapy Technology program at Dawson College is a new and exciting three-year technical diploma preparing students to work as future physiotherapy technologists. It is the only English language program of its kind in the province.
Physiotherapy technologists provide rehabilitation services to patients upon referral by a physical therapist (physiotherapist) or physician. The physiotherapy technologist’s level of responsibility in the delivery of treatment is dependent upon the patient’s category of diagnosis.
In order to practice as a physiotherapy technologist, successful graduates must be members of l’Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ), which is the regulating body that oversees the practice of its members. Proficiency in the French language is required for membership.
N.B.: This diploma does not lead to the requirements to become a physical therapist (physiotherapist). To understand the differences in the educational requirements and scopes of practice between a physical therapist and physiotherapy technologist, consult our FAQ or the OPPQ website.
What you will learn
As a student enrolled in our program, you will obtain an in-depth knowledge of how the human body functions, with emphasis on movement. You will learn about how different conditions and injuries can impair the normal function of the neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems, and you will acquire both the knowledge and hands-on clinical skills necessary to intervene in such cases.
In addition, you will apply your newly acquired skills by putting what you’ve learned into practice, both in the classroom and in Dawson College’s affiliated healthcare centers! To learn more about the clinical component of our program, consult the clinical information page.
Upon successful completion of the Physiotherapy Technology program, you will be able to:
- Apply for membership into the OPPQ, and thereafter be able to offer professional services to clients, typically in the geriatric and orthopaedic settings, within the scope of practice designated for the physiotherapy technologist.
- Understand the Quebec professional system and the physiotherapy technologist’s role and responsibilities within it.
- Use problem-solving skills to adapt the provision of rehabilitative care to the specific needs of a patient.
- Work in collaboration with other health providers with the aim of providing holistic, compassionate and evidence-based healthcare.
- Communicate effectively in both English and French, particularly in the healthcare setting.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses, and understand the importance of continued personal and professional growth.
- Effectively manage the emotional and physical demands of the profession.
Typically, physiotherapy technologists intervene in geriatric and orthopaedic cases and are employed in any of the following settings:
- Short-term care facilities
- Local Community Service Centers (CLSC)
- Long-term Care Facilities (CHSLD)
- Rehabilitation Centres
- Private physical therapy clinics
- Private homes