3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
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Lead statementThis unit group includes workers, not elsewhere classified, who perform various technical therapy and assessment functions. Some may assist professionals such as audiologists, speech-language pathologists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, educational institutions and in the private practices of the professionals they assist.
- occupational therapy assistant
- hearing instrument practitioner
- communicative disorders assistant
- physiotherapy technician
- speech therapy assistant
- ophthalmic assistant
- ophthalmologist assistant
- ophthalmic technologist
- speech technician
- audiology technician
- audiometric assistant
- ophthalmic technician
- audiometric technician
- communication disorders instructor
- Hearing instrument practitioners require completion of a three-year college diploma in a hearing instrument specialist program, including a period of supervised training.
- Licensure with a regulatory body is required for hearing instrument practitioners in all provinces except in Ontario where membership with the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP) is required.
Hearing instrument practitioners can prescribe and dispense hearing instruments except in Ontario where dispensing is dependent on a prescription from a physician or audiologist.
- Communicative disorders assistants and speech-language pathology assistants require completion of a three- to four-year college program.
- Audiometric technicians usually require a specialization in industrial audiometry testing.
- Ophthalmic medical assistants require completion of a one- to two-year college program or a two-year hospital-based training program in ophthalmic medical technology
or A minimum of one year of supervised practical training under an ophthalmologist and completion of an approved ophthalmic assistant home study program.
- 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.
- Occupational therapy assistants require completion of a two-year occupational therapy assistant (OTA) college program.
- In most provinces occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physiotherapy assistants (PTA) receive training through a single OTA/PTA program in community colleges.
- Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
- Other technical occupations in health care
- Physiotherapy helpers and chiropractic aides
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