Physical Therapy Aide Program Curriculum
Begin learning the skills needed to start a career with our Physical Therapy Aide program. Each lesson guides you through important fundamentals to professional, hands-on techniques. You'll discover how to assist patients with diverse conditions and get started towards a great career when you graduate.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career ProgramLearning 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.
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 TherapyThe 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.
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.
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 Group 3: Techniques for the Physical Therapy AideMusculoskeletal 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.
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.
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.
The purpose of this lesson is to teach proper techniques and safety precautions for positioning and transferring patients in a variety of situations.
The purpose of this lesson is to give you practical information and advice about assisting patients with wheelchairs, assistive devices, and gait training.
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.
After completing the Physical Therapy Aide program, students will be able to:
- Understand and differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitative team as they apply to the Physical Therapy Aide.
- Summarize the process of patient interaction required of Physical Therapy Aides including legal and ethical issues, communications, and patient records.
- Describe musculoskeletal physical therapy and explain the most common techniques used by Physical Therapy Aides to assist with the treatment process.
- Describe neurologic physical therapy and explain the most common techniques used by Physical Therapy Aides to assist with the treatment process.
- Describe the appropriate safety procedures required for patient treatment preparation, transfer and positioning, and for the use of wheel chairs and other assistive devices.
- Discuss infection control issues within the practice of physical therapy.
The online Physical Therapy Aide program helps you begin a meaningful career in the healing arts. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online.