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Therapist Assistant Diploma

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    Kelowna Campus
  • Campuses


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    City of Kelowna
  • Length
    Two Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $8900 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1650 first year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Block Transfer
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted starting on November 1 for entry to the following Fall semester, January 16 for the following Winter semester, and February 1 for the following Summer semester. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $30

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

Route One

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent)
  • mature student status (be at least 19 years old and out of high school for at least one year)

2. English

One of:

3. Chemistry

One of:

  • Chemistry 11
  • equivalent Advanced Level ABE Chemistry course

4. Biology

One of:

  • Biology 12
  • BIOL 122
  • BIOL 124
  • equivalent Provincial Level ABE Biology course
Note: Biology 12 or BIOL 122 is strongly recommended.


Route Two

1. English

One of:

  • ENGL 100
  • ENGL 150
  • ENGL 151
  • ENGL 153
  • equivalent English course

2. Biology

One of:

  • BIOL 131 and 133
  • equivalent Biology courses

3. Psychology

One of:

  • PSYC 111 and 121
  • equivalent Psychology courses
  • current certification in Red Cross Standard First Aid or St John Ambulance First Aid
  • current certification in CPR Level C
  • Criminal Record Check
  • negative tuberculin test, taken no more than six months before the start date of the program (or evidence of appropriate follow-up if the test was positive).
  • current immunizations are strongly advised
  • competency with computers and word processing are strongly advised

Admission Advice

The diploma has a demanding course load. You are also advised to take one or more of the following courses before beginning the program: BIOL 131 and 133 (strongly recommended); PSYC 111 and 121; one of: ENGL 100, 150, 151, or 153.



2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy OC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


If English is not your first language, you must submit one of the following (minimum scores):

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)
  • An academic IELTS overall band score of 6.5
  • A Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) of level 4
  • 70% in each of  EAPD 040, EAPW 040 and EAPR 040 for admission to a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree
  • 60% in each of EAPD 040, EAPW 040 and EAPR 040 for admission to Arts, Science, Business Administration Diploma, Commercial Aviation, Advanced Culinary Arts, Computer Information Systems, and Engineering Technology programs
  • 70% in English 12 or equivalent for Business programs
  • 60% in English 12 or equivalent for Arts, Science, Engineering Technology, and most diploma programs
  • 50% in an English literature or composition course at a recognized university or college in Canada
  • Level 5 on the Language Proficiency Index for Business, or Level 4 for Arts, Science, technology and most diploma programs
  • A degree or diploma from an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction  

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.


For details on Regular Applicant admission check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on Transfer Student admission check here

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.


International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For details on Unclassified Student and Visiting Student admission check here.

How to Apply

For details on applying to Okanagan College check the Become a Student site here.