Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma

Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development
School of Allied Health


Program Highlights

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? Most Rehabilitation Assistants are employed in acute care and rehab hospitals working with clients who need support in some area of daily living. 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.

  • 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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,185 $1,269 $5,455
Year 2$4,185 $1,269 $5,455
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$8,371 $2,538 $10,909

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

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

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 7, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 6, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent

English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and at least 1 science (Biology 12, Physics 12 or Chemistry 12). Must have basic computer skills for PC system as evidenced by letter from employer or teacher who can verify computer skill level.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Attend an information session. Applicants assessed on the basis of an interview, academic experience, relevant work experience, individual objectives & areas of interest. Submit a resume, a handwritten letter of interest describing why you want to work in rehabilitation and why you would be an excellent candidate, 3 letters of reference from employers or responsible persons in the community one of which must certify the completed work experience. A current criminal record check is required.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English. A program English placement test will be required.

Successful completion of a minimum of 50 hrs of volunteer or paid work experience with people compromised in activity or participation by disease or injury. Applicants must be in good physical health, including the ability to lift & transfer 50 lbs, as confirmed by a confidential letter from their physician. To qualify for fieldwork placements, students must have a Standard First Aid & CPR level "C" certification and TB test.

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


The Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma Program at Capilano University has been accredited by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program in collaboration with Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. 

Accreditation was granted to the program on November 30, 2018 for the period until November 30, 2024.

Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program, 26 - 509 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario, N6J 1Y5; phone: 226 636 0632, website:

Admission Process

Email to add your name to our interest list. We can then let you know when the dates are set for the program information meetings. An RSVP will be required.

It is important to attend the MANDATORY program information meeting; it's a requirement for program entry. Two meetings are typically held in early November for the following year’s intake. We will usually schedule one daytime and one evening session.

Out of town applicants: if you are unable to attend one of the two dates scheduled, please contact to arrange for a proxy or alternative option.

If after attending the mandatory information meeting you are interested in applying, you would need to:

  1. submit an online application to Capilano University and
  2. submit a full RADP document submission package to the department by the deadline given at
    the information meeting.

At the information meeting, you will receive a full package detailing the complete admission process.

November Attend a mandatory information session
December RADP document submission package due
January/February Shortlisted applicants will be notified of interview date/time
February/March Acceptance letters will go out to successful applicants
September Classes begin
Required Forms (pdf)
Criminal Record  Only criminal record checks completed through the University can be accepted. Please do not obtain one through the RCMP. Contact the School of Applied Health to arrange a time to bring forms to the campus along with two pieces of original identification. Download, print and complete credit card and consent form. There is a $28 fee.
Medical Form  Please have your doctor complete this form. You will need to include this form in your submission package. 


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School of Allied Health

604 984 4960
604 984 4993 (fax)
Cedar Building, room 342

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