Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma

If you enjoy helping and interacting with people and can see yourself pursuing a career in the healthcare field, you might consider Penn Foster's Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma program. Read on to learn more.

Frequently Asked Question

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster's Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma program could prepare you to assist physical therapists by training in you in areas such as common physical disorders, medical terminology, basic physical therapy treatments, exercise, and mobility training. Other areas of study could include customer service, including patient rights and confidentiality, interpersonal skills, rehabilitation teams, and conflict resolution. You could also learn about a physical therapy aide's role, patient preparation, and assisting techniques.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Those interested in Penn Foster's Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma program should have an interest in the human body and medicine and should enjoy interacting with people. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This course of study consists of five instruction sets. Each instruction set consists of 1-2 lessons.

Instruction SetLesson
Instruction Set 1Learning Strategies
Introduction to Physical Therapy
Instruction Set 2The Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide
Introduction to Medical Terminology
Instruction Set 3Body Systems Terminology
Common Physical Disorders
Instruction Set 4Physical Therapy Treatments
Exercise And Mobility Training
Instruction Set 5Customer Service
Workplace Health and Safety
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What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Penn Foster's Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma program graduates could apply for jobs as entry-level physical therapist aides. You could find work in ambulatory centers, hospitals, or clinics. Some large corporations employ physical or occupational therapists as well. Your responsibilities could include preparing patients for therapy, carrying therapy, and administrative taks.

Advanced Degrees

Penn Foster's Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma program could also be good preparation for a number of bachelor's degrees. Advanced educational opportunities could be available in either healthcare or business, preparing you for higher-level employment or graduate school. Degrees you could pursue include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Sports Nutrition
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