Physical Therapy Aide

Physical Therapy Aide

Physical therapy is a growing part of the health care industry. Physical therapists can be the key to recovery for some patients who are recuperating from injuries, illnesses, and surgery. They work with patients to help them regain movement and manage pain.

Physical Therapy Aide
A physical therapy team can consist of a physical therapist, a physical therapy assistant, and a physical therapy aide.

Physical therapy involves prescribing and assisting patients with exercises for strength and range of motion; therapeutic interventions to improve daily functioning; and training in the use of assistive devices and mobility aids. A physical therapy aide is a very important part of the physical therapy team. Physical therapy aides assist patients in and out of the therapy area of a clinic, offering aid when needed without impinging on a client’s sense of independence and mobility. They help the physical therapist and assistants to support or lift clients who have physical disabilities or injuries that prevent them from moving freely. They may also set up equipment, monitor client progress, and help with clerical tasks. This program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and training to pursue a career as a physical therapy aide.

Upon completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the practice of physical therapy and the difference between PTs, PTAs, and PT aides
  • Describe the basic organization of the human body and important anatomical terminology
  • Understand the basics of vital signs, pathology, and principles of treatment
  • Discuss infection control as it relates to physical therapy including the specific types of pathogens, the disease process, and how to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Discuss the legal and ethical issues that affect PT aide and the physical therapy profession
  • Understand principles of treatment relating to the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous system
  • Demonstrate effective communication in a physical therapy setting, responding appropriately when managing individual and cultural differences.
  • Discuss the components of a medical record and differentiate between EHR and EMR
  • Identify the appropriate safety procedures required for patient treatment preparation and patient transfer and positioning and for the use of ambulation aids.
  • Identify the causes, risk factors, staging, treatment, and strategies for the prevention of pressure ulcers
  • Explain the importance of gait training in physical therapy

Physical Therapy Aide Program – Topics Include:

Overview of Physical Therapy

Laws and Ethics for the Physical Therapy Aide

Communication, Professionalism, and Customer Service

Medical Documentation and Terminology

Bones, Joints, and Muscles

The Nervous System, Cardiovascular System, and the Respiratory System

Other Body Systems

Patient Care