This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more
Graduates can pursue job opportunities in rehabilitation centres, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, hospitals, schools and private physiotherapy and occupational therapy centres. Potential positions include:
- physical and occupational therapy assistant
- rehabilitation therapy assistant
Related careers include:
- physical therapist
- occupational therapist
Admission and Selection
- Fall 2021 start: applications are accepted Oct. 7, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021.
- This program does not accept international students effective Fall 2020 intake. There are many program options for international applicants – find out more.
Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:
- English Language Arts 30-1,
- Biology 30,
- Chemistry 20 or Science 20.
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines
- Applications and proof of the admission requirements ( transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by Jan. 31 to be included in selection.
- Applicants will have one attempt to complete the selection process for this program. If you're not offered admission, you can re-apply for the next intake and you will be required to complete the selection process again.
In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.
Program selection package
Applicants who meet the competitive average minimum will be sent a program selection package via email.
The selection package must be completed and returned to SAIT by the date indicated on the selection package cover page.
You are solely responsible to ensure the information in the selection package is legible, articulate and best reflects you as a candidate. Falsifying information will result in your application being removed immediately from the selection process.
Selection packages are evaluated using standardized answer keys and will be scored within two weeks of submission.
- If the selection package score is above the current benchmark established by the School of Health and Public Safety, the applicant will be assessed for admission using both ranked grades and selection package score.
- If the selection package score is below benchmark, the applicant will be declined in selection.
- Applicants who fail to complete and submit their packages by the deadline date will also be declined admission for the current year.
Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."
Step 6: Complete your selection package.
Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.
Communication during selection
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
We recommend you add firstname.lastname@example.org and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.
Due to the significant number of applications for this program, the selection process can take some time. Every effort will be made to maintain the timelines outlined above. We appreciate your patience. You can also log on to mySAIT.ca to check your admission decision status.
Unfortunately, due to the extremely large volume of applicants, we cannot provide any assistance or follow-up as to why the candidate was not competitive or where the applicant is on the waitlist.
The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students are frequently required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.
Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.
In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:
- Current Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support Level (C) CPR
- Updated immunization records
- Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
- N95 respiratory mask fitting
- Health and wellness status
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
Semester 1 - Fall
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|ANPH-209*||Anatomy and Physiology||3.0|
|ORNT-208||Orientation to Rehabilitation||3.0|
|PROF-210||Introduction to Healthcare Delivery||1.5|
|RHAB-230||Anatomy of Movement||3.0|
|RHAB-232||Fundamentals of Client Care||3.0|
|Semester 1 Total||16.5|
Semester 2 - Winter
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|COMM-263||Practice Skills - Communication||3.0|
|RHAB-203||Applied Client Care||1.5|
|RHAB-240||Practice Skills - Modalities||3.0|
|RHAB-242||Practice Skills - Occupational Therapy Assistant Foundations||3.0|
|RHAB-244||Practice Skills - Exercise||3.0|
|RHAB-246||Health Conditions I||3.0|
|Semester 2 Total||16.5|
|First Year Total||33.0|
Semester 3 - Fall
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|RHAB-260||Practice Skills - Mental Health Concepts||3.0|
|RHAB-262||Occupational Therapy Assistant Advanced Practice Skills||3.0|
|RHAB-264||Physical Therapy Assistant Advanced Practice Skills||3.0|
|RHAB-268||Health Conditions II||3.0|
|Semester 3 Total||16.5|
|First Year Total||30.0|
Semester 4 - Winter
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|Semester 4 Total||10.5|
|Second Year Total||27.0|
*Available by correspondence or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses. Please be advised that full-time student status requires students to take 60% of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by correspondence, a student may be considered a part-time student, which may impact his/her financial loan status.
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
- Athabasca University
- University of Calgary
- University of Northampton
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
To learn more, visit Transfer Options.
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Health & Dental Plan||2020/21 total|
*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame.
Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100
Health and Dental Fees
- Health Plan: $122
- Dental Plan: $130
- For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.
Books and supplies*
- Books and supplies cost approximately $1,500.
- Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
- There is a fee associated with obtaining a police information check including Vulnerable Sector Check and is payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP.)
- Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
- Students require a personal computer with Internet access in order to complete the required courses. While a desktop computer will facilitate participation in some activities, a laptop or tablet is required to support the CompTracker software that is used throughout this program.
Find out about tuition and financial aid.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
✅ Plan ahead ❗️
You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day.
Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.
Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.
To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.
We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.
This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. There will be a short on-site work integrated learning practicum during the Fall 2020 semester.
How to register for classes
You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance during practicum which is logged using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi enabled tablet (Apple or Android) to support the CompTracker system. Any size tablet is acceptable. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes.
- CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course (no later than Sept. 30)
- N95 Mask-fit testing
- Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check
- Immunization record (no later than Sept. 30)
- Health and Wellness Status
To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT.
The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.
Patricia Reader-Downey, Academic Chair