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Physical Therapy Aide diploma curriculum

The Physical Therapy Aide diploma curriculum is designed by healthcare experts to be both practical and job-relevant. You’ll cover almost every aspect of the physical therapy aide profession, from hands-on patient techniques to ethical issues, medical terminology, and record keeping.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

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.

Allied Health Careers 

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

Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Physical Therapy

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 of work in both private and public health care systems.

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.

Effective Communication, Medical Records, & 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.

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Program Description

Students 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 their treatment of patients suffering from a variety of physical ailments.

Program Objectives

After completing the Physical Therapy Aide program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitative team as they apply to the Physical Therapy Aide.
  2. Summarize the process of patient interaction required of Physical Therapy Aides including legal and ethical issues, communications, and patient records.
  3. Describe musculoskeletal physical therapy and explain the most common techniques used by Physical Therapy Aides to assist with the treatment process.
  4. Describe neurologic physical therapy and explain the most common techniques used by Physical Therapy Aides to assist with the treatment process.
  5. Describe the appropriate safety procedures required for patient treatment preparation, transfer and positioning, and for the use of wheel chairs and other assistive devices.
  6. Discuss infection control issues within the practice of physical therapy.

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