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Physical Therapy Aide Training

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Physical Therapy Aide

Prepare for one of the fastest growing health care professions in our Physical Therapy Aide training program. Your passion for helping others can be a fulfilling career. Learn how to assist patients following an injury, illness or surgery. Our accredited course was developed by experienced physical therapists.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

In the Physical Therapy Aide training program, you’ll learn the basics of patient care in the physical therapy setting and practical on-the-job techniques for assisting physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in treating patients suffering from a variety of physical ailments.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson 3: The Profession of Physical Therapy and Career Opportunities for the Aide  

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 4: Ethical and Legal Issues in Medicine  

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.

Lesson 5: Effective Communication, Medical Records, and Terminology  

In this lesson, you will look at how effective and sensitive communication on the part of the physical therapy aide is essential to the job. You will gain 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 6: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy  

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce you to some of the musculoskeletal techniques used in physical therapy. 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: Neurologic, Cardiopulmonary, Pediatric, Geriatric, and Integumentary Physical Therapy  

The purpose of this lesson is to explain how physical therapy techniques are used in the treatment of neurologic, cardiopulmonary, pediatric, geriatric, and integumentary 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 8: Safety and Preparation for Patient Care  

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 9: Patient Positioning, Body Mechanics, and Transfer Techniques  

The purpose of this lesson is to teach proper techniques and safety precautions for positioning and transferring patients in a variety of situations.

Lesson 10: Wheelchairs, Assistive Devices, and Gait Training  

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
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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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.

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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.