What You'll Learn
The Physical Therapy Aide program combines human biology basics with practical on-the-job techniques. The course includes 8 comprehensive lessons that guide you from fundamental anatomy to professional-level approaches to assisting physical therapists in the comfort and care of patients suffering from a variety of ailments.
Lesson 1: The Profession of Physical Therapy and Career Opportunities for the Aide
Lesson 2: Ethical and Legal Issues in Medicine and Communicating Effectively
In this lesson, you will learn the role rehabilitation plays in providing patients with physical therapy treatments. You will also explore the many opportunities to be found in this exciting new field to work in both private and public health care systems.
Lesson 3: Medical Records and Terminology
In this lesson, you will learn about the patient’s bill of rights and the role each member of the rehabilitation team plays in protecting those rights. You will also gain an understanding of the moral issues that apply to the daily practice of the PT aide. Finally, you will look at how effective and sensitive communication on the part of the physical therapy aide is essential to the job. Practical communication tips are included with the discussion.
Bonus Section: Time Management Guide
Lesson 4: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
The purpose of this lesson is to give you an understanding of medical word formation, abbreviations, and common terms you will encounter as a PT aide. You will also explore the major components of a physical therapy patient’s medical record.
Lesson 5: Neurologic, Cardiopulmonary, Pediatric, Geriatric and Integumentary Physical Therapy
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce you to some on the musculoskeletal techniques used in physical therapy.
Lesson 6: Safety and Preparation for Patient Care
The purpose of this lesson is to explain how physical therapy techniques are used in the treatment of neurologic disorders. Knowing the appropriate modality for treating a specific condition is helpful even if the PT aide cannot personally implement the treatment or exercise.
Lesson 7: Patient Positioning, Body Mechanics, and Transfer Techniques
The purpose of this lesson is to provide you with an understanding of basic hospital safety principles and to teach you how to prepare the patient and the treatment area for care.
Lesson 8: Wheelchairs, Assistive Devices, and Gait
The purpose of this lesson is to teach proper techniques and safety precautions for positioning and transferring patients in a variety of situations.
Bonus Section: Career Guide
The purpose of this lesson is to give you practical information and advice about assisting patients with wheelchairs, assistive devices and gait training.
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What You Get
Complete your Physical Therapy Aide training online on your terms. Start on your schedule, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!
Everything you learn is designed to help you succeed as a physical therapy aide in physical therapy practices across the U.S. Your tuition covers:
- Comprehensive physical therapy aide textbook and study guides
- Online, open-book exams
- Career search and time management guides
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates of the Physical Therapy Aide program receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your diploma from nationally accredited Ashworth College could make a big difference in your career pursuits and help you get hired.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your Physical Therapy Aide training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.