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Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma

Credential
Diploma

Duration
16 month(s)

The only program in Canada where you can take training that combines occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech/language audiology therapy.

Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging career? Do you want to help people, enjoy being part of a team, and generally have a positive attitude? The 16-month Rehabilitation Assistant diploma at CapU is for you. 

Rehabilitation Assistants are employed in acute care, rehab hospitals and the community working as essential members of the health care team providing rehabilitation services.

The triple-training provided in this unique program means you could be providing physical, cognitive, communication or psychosocial support. Clients come from all demographics and range from newborns to the elderly.

Applicants to January 2023 intake must be residents of British Columbia. This program is being delivered in a modified online format with a brief in-person lab component. Preference may be given to applicants who currently reside within the Vancouver Island Health and Northern Health regions. International students will not be accepted at this time.

Prospective students can contact rehab@capilanou.ca to get more information about the upcoming intake. Students living in the Northern Health Authority may be eligible for a travel stipend.

Rehabilitation Assistant students on a practicum placement.

Three clinical practicum placements

During the RADP program, you'll put your skills to the test in three separate health care fieldwork placements, totaling 15 weeks on the job, learning alongside experienced clinicians.

Career paths

  • Audiology
  • Language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech therapy

Graduate in 16 months

This intensive 16-month program gives you the skills to help people thrive, with courses in rehabilitation principles and practices, anatomy, musculoskeletal theory, physiology, therapeutic communication, disease, injury and intervention and more. 

Accredited training for health care workers

The RADP program at Capilano University has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program. For more information about accreditation, please visit the OTAPTA website.

Rehabilitation Assistant student working with a client.
"It has been exciting to watch the rehabilitation assistant role develop to the point now that recruiters are in our classroom hiring all our students before they graduate. There are so many more jobs than our students can fill."
Tracy Dignum, Rehabilitation Assistant instructor

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Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Jul 18, 2022 – Dec 6, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 14, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 19, 2022

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 4, 2022 – Jan 3, 2023

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2023

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 21, 2023

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in the RADP program! Below is information on the admission process specific to the RADP program, which starts in the Fall term each year.

Timelines
Ongoing until
December 15, 2022
Contact rehab@capilanou.ca for the link to our virtual information session. Complete the info session completion form to confirm you have viewed the session. 
Upload your RADP application and supporting documents online by the deadline provided in the information package.
Complete a Criminal Record check. Contact rehab@capilanou,ca for further details. 

After December 15, 2022, please contact rehab@capilanou.ca to confirm spaces are available, and to receive next steps in the application process.

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in the RADP program! Below is information on the admission process specific to the RADP program, which starts in the Fall term each year.

Timelines
Ongoing until
December 15, 2022
Contact rehab@capilanou.ca for the link to our virtual information session. Complete the info session completion form to confirm you have viewed the session. 
Upload your RADP application and supporting documents online by the deadline provided in the information package.
Complete a Criminal Record check. Contact rehab@capilanou,ca for further details. 

After December 15, 2022, please contact rehab@capilanou.ca to confirm spaces are available, and to receive next steps in the application process.

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

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Transfer Students

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Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

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Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

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Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $4,441 $1,691 $6,132
Year 2 $4,441 $1,691 $6,132
Total $8,882 $3,382 $12,264
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $19,888 $1,691 $21,579
Year 2 $19,888 $1,691 $21,579
Total $39,776 $3,382 $43,158

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Required Courses

First Term

Total credits: 16.50

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

 

Third Term

Total credits: 16.50

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Total program credits: 63.00

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate application of RA Frame of Reference incorporating Plan, Do, Observe & Record.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by taking responsibility for assigned tasks, using appropriate language, integrating constructive feedback and managing time efficiently.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with clients, clinicians/team members, peers and instructors through oral, written and/or non-verbal methods.
  • Demonstrate mastery upon completion of RA program by achieving CGPA (cumulative grade point) of B average or better in all coursework, and credit status in 3 practicum placements.
  • Acquire, demonstrate and maintain practical skills necessary to fulfill the role of a rehabilitation assistant.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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About this program

School of Allied Health
604 984 4960
604 984 4993 (fax)
Cedar Building, room 342
rehab@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca