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RDC's Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant program receives national accreditation

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

RDC's OPTA Diploma program

Red Deer College’s Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma (OPTA) has become one of six post-secondary programs in Alberta to receive national accreditation from the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP).

The Joint Accreditation Committee of the OPTA & PTA EAP thoroughly reviewed and audited RDC’s OPTA programming and required documents, recommending that the diploma receive the recognized status of Accreditation Fully Compliant until November 30, 2026. 

“This recognition demonstrates Red Deer College’s unwavering dedication to our students by providing high-quality academic and practical learning opportunities, and offering the tools and educational experience necessary for RDC graduates to become industry leaders,” says Kylie Thomas, RDC Vice President Academic and Research. “RDC graduates are sought after employees and students receiving a diploma from this nationally accredited OPTA Diploma program will have enhanced career opportunities.”

The accreditation process of the College’s two-year program involved several extensive steps, which included receiving candidacy status, submitting a letter of intent to participate in a full accreditation review, preparing a Self-Study Report, and participating in onsite and offsite reviews. The thorough assessments were carried out by a qualified four-member Peer Review Team (PRT).

After a successful analysis of the College’s OPTA program, the PRT recommended to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada Boards that the RDC diploma receives the highest standing of accreditation.

“I would like to thank the College’s instructors and staff in the School of Health Sciences for their expertise, hard-work, and commitment in achieving accreditation of the OPTA Diploma,” says Sharon Hamilton, RDC Dean of School of Health Sciences. “It is a rigorous process to achieve this program recognition at any time, but to reach this distinction during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic is especially commended.”

The five-term RDC program encompasses a range of industry-targeted courses which include Anatomy and Physiology, Concepts in Mental Health, Communications, and three OPTA Practicums, providing students with beneficial hands-on learning opportunities.

One year before accreditation is set to expire, the College can submit a letter of intent to participate in another review. If this review is successful, RDC’s OPTA Diploma program will receive accreditation for another six years.

More information about the College’s OPTA Diploma, including program content and how to register, can be found online.


For media inquiries please contact:

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
brent [dot] forster [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca 

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate
shelley [dot] newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca 

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