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Physical Therapy Aide

This comprehensive Physical Therapy Aide course prepares students for the growing field of physical therapy.  A 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, all while 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 centers, and some orthopedic clinics.
This course will provide students with the skills and abilities.
  • Describe the history, purpose, and scope of physical therapy
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the physical therapy aide
  • Describe principles and techniques of patient handling and functional skills
  • Demonstrate basic patient handling and functional skills, selected data collection techniques, and communication skills
After successful completion of the 70-hours of classroom and laboratory instruction, students will be eligible for a 40-hour Physical Therapy Externship
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