Program Description

This comprehensive Physical Therapy Aide program will prepare you for the growing field of Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapy Aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as ordering devices and supplies, preparing treatment areas, and transporting patients working under the direction of the physical therapist. Physical Therapy Aides may be employed in nursing homes, hospitals, sports rehabilitation centers, and some orthopedic clinics. You will be eligible to compete for a Physical Therapy Aide position in the growing healthcare field, once successfully finishing the program

This program is intended to train students for entry level physical therapy aid positions. It covers topics such as medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, uses of physical therapy, modalities of physical therapy and the administrative role of aides.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
  • Identify the roles and job duties performed by a typical physical therapist aide and the personal qualities held by successful aides.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of and techniques used in good customer service and effective communication between the aide, the physical therapist, and the patient.
  • Show understanding of common physical therapy techniques, including the use of heat and cold modalities, and their effects on the body.
  • Use appropriate medical terminology related to body systems and physical disorders in order to communicate accurately with patients and colleagues.
  • Show understanding of the importance of a safe health care environment, including potential hazards and fall prevention, and the aide’s role in maintaining a clean, safe workplace.

According to BLS, the 2017 median pay at $22.56/hour.