Physical Therapy Aide (96 Hours)

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Physical Therapy Aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Physical therapist assistants are involved in the direct care of patients. They often do tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, such as cleaning and setting up the treatment area, moving patients, and performing clerical duties. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Aide Certification Exam offered through the American Medical Certification Association.

Training Includes:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Thermal and electrical modalities
  • Ambulating techniques
  • Spine safety
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Strengthening and cardiovascular exercise
  • Facility cleanliness
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ethics

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Provide proof of high school completion (high school transcripts, copy of high school diploma, or copy of completion of GED requirements)
  • Demonstration of reading proficiency either by college transcripts, a computerized placement test, or the TABE reading test

Cost of Class:

  • Tuition/Registration $180 plus text
  • Optional accident insurance $1.20
  • Cost of CPR card

Other Fees:

  • Certification Exam $109

For more information about this class call the Mitchell Campus at 828.766.1292.