Center for Health Professionals

Physical Therapy Aide Program

HTH E34 - Physical Therapy Aide
Course Description: This comprehensive 50-hour Physical Therapy Aide Program prepares students 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 preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients working under the direction of the physical therapist. Furthermore, these workers assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physical Therapy Aides may be employed in nursing homes, hospitals, sports rehabilitation center and some orthopedic clinics. Note: This program does not include a national or state certification as part of its overall objectives.

Spring 2014
Dates: Saturdays, February 15, 2014 - May 31, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room: R-214
Tuition: $999 (Textbooks included)

Summer 2014
Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 2, 2014 - July 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room: R-309
Tuition: $999 (Textbooks included)

Physical Therapy Aide Job Description
The physical therapy aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients working under the direction of the physical therapist. Furthermore, these workers assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

Work Environment
The physical therapy aide may be employed in a variety of settings including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home care agencies, outpatient clinics, community health centers and sports medicine clinics.

Physical Therapy Purpose
The purpose of physical therapy is to restore loco-motor function to the human body through alleviating and correcting movement dysfunction. Physical therapy has become a valuable part of total patient care and rehabilitation. Physical therapy aides, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, assist with specific components of treatment interventions.

Employment Outlook and Education
A substantial increase in the amount of physical activity in the general population has resulted in a significant increase in the need for physical therapy services. The physical therapy aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients while working under the direction of the physical therapist. Many of today’s health conscious citizens are pursuing a healthier lifestyle - which includes increased strenuous physical exercise. Many are striving to stay in shape and remain healthy through their older years. As a result of this increase in physical activity, the number of sports-related injuries in the adult population has increased substantially – escalating the need for physical therapy services and physical therapy aides.

Educational Requirements: People interested in becoming a physical therapy aide should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

This program includes the following areas:
  •  Introduction to Physical Therapy; History and Evolution of Physical Therapy; role of the PT aide in the rehabilitation team
  •  Ethical and legal issues affecting the physical therapy aide
  •  Parts and types of effective communication
  •  Abbreviations and medical terminology
  •  Anatomical Position; Structures of the Musculoskeletal System and function of each (Bones, Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, Muscles, Joints)
  •  Basic Anatomy
  •  Range of Motion Exercises
  •  Ambulation and Gait Training
  •  Measuring Vital Signs; Disorders of the Circulatory
  •  Strengthening and Exercise
  •  Types of Physical Therapy Modalities
  •  Stretching and Direction of Movement
  •  Common Anatomical Injuries and the Associated Modalities Students will also perform and be evaluated on common clinical skills necessary to function as a physical therapy aide including patient positioning, and transfer, use of transfer belt, ambulation using crutches/walker and cane, range of motion exercises and obtaining accurate vital signs
Program Note: This program is intended to train students for entry-level physical therapy aide positions or to prepare students for more formal longer term programs.

Course Contact hours: 50

Fee: $999 (Textbooks included)

There is NO certification exam for this course.

For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500, or email us

 

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