Become A Certified Physical Therapy Aide
Physical therapy aides work with physical therapists to provide a positive experience for patients undergoing physical therapy treatment. This 100% online course will teach you the concepts, skills and practices to become a certified physical therapy aide. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the American Medical Certification Association's (AMCA) Physical Therapy Technician/Aide certification exam. The course also includes an externship starter kit with resources to secure a position as a physical therapy aide extern.
Physical therapy aides are responsible to support the overall therapy environment. They usually manage the cleanliness and safety of the clinic or work environment and help prepare the equipment for each patient's visit. And they often help patients as they arrive and move around in the treatment facility. Some common duties include:
Physical therapy assistants work directly with patients to facilitate treatment. They may assist patients with exercise, massage, balance and other forms of therapeutic interventions. Physical therapy assistants often supervise the work of physical therapy aides.
The AMCA exam covers the following areas:
Each of these areas is critical to patient care, effective treatment and limiting liability for the physical therapist or employer organization.
Changes in health coverage after then Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2014 have shifted many physical therapy activities from the healthcare setting and into the patient's home. As a result, physical therapy support activities now also take place in the home. The shift to homecare has also opened opportunities for independent and even traveling physical therapy professionals.
There are no prerequisites to taking this course.
THE PHYSICAL THERAPY PROFESSION
ORGANIZATION OF THE HUMAN BODY
PRINCIPLES OF PATHOLOGY AND ITS TREATMENT
POSITIONING AND DRAPING PATIENTS
TRANSFERRING PATIENTS SAFELY
NORMAL AND ABNORMAL GAIT
AMBULATION RELATED ACTIVITIES
THE SKELETAL SYSTEM
THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM
TREATMENT OF THE SKELETAL AND MUSCULAR SYSTEMS: EXERCISE
TREATMENT OF THE SKELETAL AND MUSCULAR SYSTEMS: PHYSICAL AGENTS
THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
TREATMENT OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR, RESPIRATORY, AND NERVOUS SYSTEMS
THE REST OF THE ORGAN SYSTEMS
COMMUNICATION IN THE PT FACILITY
RECORDS AND CHARTING
LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES
YOUR CAREER JOURNEY (OPTIONAL LESSON)
Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Trimble transitioned into teaching. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups and works as an adjunct instructor of anatomy and physiology. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award and is the author of "College Success Now!"
Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.