Rehabilitation Aide

The Rehabilitation Aide Occupational Skills Award (OSA) is a two-semester award that prepares the student for a career as a Rehabilitation Aide or Physical Therapy Technician. This award is an excellent start for anyone interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, medicine, massage, personal training, and other related medical fields. The two-semester track will offer an in-depth education with hands-on experience in the rehabilitation field using experienced clinical staff and faculty along with state-of-the-art lab and simulation equipment. The award prepares the student to work in the rehabilitation field. It provides students interested in an advanced career in rehabilitation a springboard to explore their interests and begin working toward advanced degrees and training.

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Registration is by permission only. Spaces in the Rehabilitation Aide OSA are limited. Please contact the Program Director, the program website, or the Health Sciences and Emergency Services Division Office for details on the admission process. 

 To apply, students must:

• Submit the required application by the designated deadline
• Submit a video application and short essay addressing application criteria by the designated deadline. Details for the required content can be found on the program website or contact the Program Director or the Health Sciences and Emergency Services Division Office for more information.
• Prior to clinical placement, students must pass a drug screen and submit a background check. Both screens are at the student’s expense. Results of both screens are factors in determining clinical placement.

All students are required to meet specific functional abilities with or without accommodations for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession's settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the "Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards" documents provided in the program information and application forms. Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.

Prior to the clinical assignment, students must complete all immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)*.  If the student does not complete the required immunization, the student will not be able to complete the clinical portion of the OSA and graduation may be delayed.

* It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three-dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Coordinator. In such cases, the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before the assignment to a clinical facility. If you are not able to complete the immunizations before your clinical assignment, you may not be able to complete the coursework on-time for graduation.

Students must complete each course in the OSA program with a “C” or better.

All Rehabilitation Aide students are required to show proof of health insurance before starting the clinical rotation.

The program requires a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR certification. The certification must be completed by the start of the clinical rotation. CPR certification is at the expense of the student.

All students will be required to complete a criminal background check. Students who have been involved with the criminal system, please be advised that your background could keep you from completing your clinical assignment.  If you have a question about your background, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair.

In addition to successfully completing the curriculum, students will complete a Rehabilitation Aide Certification Test. The test will be at the student's expense and will be completed at the end of the program in the last semester as part of the clinical course.

Program Options

OSA – Rehabilitation Aide