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Online Physical Therapy Aide
Course Outline

Physical Therapy Aide Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-5 months, self-paced

Physical Therapy Aide Program Goals

Program Goal:
To prepare students to gain entry-level employment in the field of physical therapy.

Program Outcomes

Learn everything you need to know to start a new career as a Physical Therapy Aide. Your online Physical Therapy Aide course will prepare you to work alongside physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. You get everything you need to know in easy-to-understand lessons that take you step by step from the basics of Medical Terminology, Anatomy, and Clinical Procedures, through Patient Transfer and Positioning.

Brandy Palacios Instructor

Physical Therapy Aide Program Instructor/Course Expert

Brandy Palacios, DPT

At U.S. Career Institute, our dedicated team of course experts, instructors and instructor assistants are committed to developing and delivering high-quality curriculum. Our qualified Physical Therapy Aide instructor Brandy Palacios, not only possesses extensive qualifications but has also actively worked in the field. This firsthand experience allows her to provide invaluable support to ensure the success of our aspiring Physical Therapy Aide students.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Integrate medical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology knowledge as they assist patients in physical therapy settings.
  • Comply with ethical and legal requirements regarding patient rights.
  • Assist the physical therapist with rehabilitative patient services.
  • Develop positive, professional therapeutic relationships with patients.
  • Seek an entry-level position in the physical therapy field.
Online Physical Therapy Aide school training outcomes


Instruction Pack I

In Instruction Pack I, students are introduced to the world of physical therapy and the roles that physical therapy aides play. They gain a solid foundation in medical terminology and human anatomy. Additionally, students will learn how the body responds to various disorders.

Instruction Pack II

Students continue to learn about the human body by studying the nervous system, kinesiology, and biomechanics. In Instruction Pack II, students begin to learn about different types of physical therapy, including orthopedic physical therapy, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, and integumentary physical therapy. Also, students gain an introduction to clinical procedures and learn how to support a patient-centered practice.

Instruction Pack III

Instruction Pack III provides additional information about types of physical therapy, covering neurological, pediatric, and geriatric physical therapy. Students also learn strategies for positive communication with coworkers and patients. This pack also includes important information about safety in the office and proper procedures for transferring and positioning clients, as well.

Instruction Pack IV

Students learn how to work with patients from diverse backgrounds and important cultural factors that may influence how patients view their treatment. Students also learn about the ethical and legal guidelines physical therapy aides must adhere to before applying all they have learned to the final quiz.

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