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Physical Therapy Aide

physical therapy aide certificationProgram Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 120
Student Tuition: $2,399.99


Numerous individuals attend physical therapy schools daily in order to become a part of this popular career field. As a matter of fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of physical therapy aides is anticipated to grow by 29 % over the next decade, which is considerably quicker than the average profession.

A physical therapy aide usually works under the guidance of a physical therapist and/or physical therapy assistant. Physical therapy aide jobs frequently consist of keeping the treatment area sanitary and properly organized, and also to help guide patients in wheelchairs, carry out clerical duties, buy supplies and more. A physical therapy aide generally has to be well organized, have patience, and take pleasure in working with others. Train for your physical therapy aide certification today!

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing this program, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the central elements of medical terminology.
  • Understand the central aspects of the physical therapy profession.
  • Identify the systems of the body and their function.
  • Identify the steps to treat common medical disorders.
  • Determine the steps to turn, transfer, and position patients.

Physical Therapy Aide Certification

Upon successful completion of our Physical Therapy Aide course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Physical Therapy Aide and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


Physical Therapy Aide Module 1
Medical Terminology Review

  • Pronunciation
  • Spelling
  • Word Roots
  • Combining Vowels/Form
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • General Rules
  • Word Building
  • Abbreviations
  • Procedural and Diagnostic Billing Codes
  • Body Structure
  • Organization of the Body
  • Anatomical Position
  • Body Planes
  • Directional and Positional Terms
  • Body Cavities
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Physical Therapy Aide Module 2
The Profession of Physical Therapy

  • History and Evolution of Physical Therapy
  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Care
  • The Rehabilitation Team
  • The Role of the Physical Therapy Aide
  • History of Physical Medicine
  • Physical and Therapeutic Allied Health Careers
  • Understanding Medical Ethics and Medical Law
  • The Patient and the Health Care Worker
  • Patient Medical Records and the Law
  • Interprofessional Issues
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Communication in the Physical Therapy Setting
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Using Medical Abbreviations
  • Understanding the Patient’s Medical Record
  • Administrative Role of the Physical Therapy Aide
  • Billing, Banking, and Insurance Processing

Physical Therapy Aide Module 3
Scientific Principles

  • Understanding the Human Body
  • Systems of the Body
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Axial Skeleton
  • The Appendicular Skeleton
  • Joints and Movement

Physical Therapy Aide Module 4
Physical Dysfunctions, Safety and Charting

  • Treating Common Medical Disorders
  • Using Physical Therapy to Treat Burns
  • Treatment of Amputation
  • Treatment of Genitourinary Disorders
  • Safety in the Working Environment
  • Practicing Good Body Alignment and Movement
  • Asepsis and Infection Control
  • Performing Proper Handwashing
  • Infection Control
  • Preparation for Patient Care
  • Management of the Environment
  • Body Mechanics
  • Verbal Commands
  • Patient Preparation
  • Transportation

Physical Therapy Aide Module 5
Patient Care Skills & Physical Therapy Modalities

  • Turing and Positioning the Patient
  • Turing in the Prone Position
  • Turning on the Floor Mat
  • Turning from a Supine Position to a Side-Lying Position
  • Returning from a Supine Position to a Sitting Position
  • Types of Patient Transfers
  • Preparation for Beginning Transfers
  • Standing Transfers
  • Bathtub Transfers
  • Sitting Transfers
  • Drawsheet Transfers
  • Pneumatic Lift Transfers
  • One-Person Transfer from Floor to Wheelchair

Physical Therapy Aide Module 6
Physical Therapy Modalities

  • Tips on Preambulation Teaching
  • Choosing the Appropriate Device
  • Gait Training and Gait Deviations
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Measuring Muscle Strength
  • Skill or Coordination Exercises
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Superficial Heating Agents
  • Deep Heating Agents
  • Ultrasound
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cold Therapy
  • Massage
  • Cervical Traction
  • Specialized Clinical Procedures
  • Electroneural Stimulation
  • Application of a Cast
  • Administration of Medication
  • Specialized Reflex Tests
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Sports Bandaging and Taping
  • Pet Therapy
  • Career Skills and the Physical Therapy Aide
  • The Job Search
  • The Cover Letter & Resume
  • Interviewing
  • Finding Job Leads

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:
Physical Therapy Aide: A Worktext by Roberta C. Weiss

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
  • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)