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What does a Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist do?

Physical Therapy Aides work in an environment where patients are recovering from injuries and illnesses, and where care plans are implemented to help patients regain movement and manage pain. Aides often perform tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, such as cleaning and setting up the treatment area, moving patients and performing administrative or clerical duties. Other duties include preparing hot and cold packs, sanitizing equipment and assisting with patient intake. Often Aides are responsible for documenting patients' responses during exercise.

Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
According to Burning Glass jobs data, Physical Therapy Aides will see available jobs grow 29% over the next ten years
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

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MedCerts Community College Online College
Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

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PT 3000 Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist

Nearly everyone has used a bag of ice or even heat to relieve pain, but what about if that pain persists and becomes long term? This is where physical therapy comes in. Physical therapy is the practice of assisting individuals to regain full function of their bodies via various types of exercise. 

Our Physical Therapy Aide program is the ideal opportunity for someone to gain entry into the field and assist members of the physical therapy team. Aides often perform tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, such as cleaning and setting up treatment areas, moving patients and performing administrative and clerical duties. Other duties include preparing hot and cold packs, sanitizing equipment and assisting in patient intake. Often aides are responsible for documenting patients’ responses during exercise. 

Graduates of this program will be prepared to take the Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification (PTTC) exam sponsored by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association.

*Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have a High School diploma or GED. Many employers will require that you have suitable vision and hearing (normal or corrected), suitable psychomotor skills, hand-eye coordination, finger agility, and be able to stand for an extended period.

skills gained

  • Gain knowledge and skills in preparation for the Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification (PTTC) and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credentialing exams
  • Identify policies and procedures for maintaining safety, infection control, isolation control, and appropriate OSHA practices
  • Describe patient preparation for examination and treatment including body positioning and transfers
  • Define patient transportation, gait training, and proper use of crutches, walkers, canes, and parallel bars
  • Differentiate heat and cold modalities, and passive, assistive, and active range-of-motion exercise
  • Discuss patient scheduling and related tasks for provider scheduling, intake procedures including demographics, insurance verification, and preparation of records and forms
  • Ensure HIPAA, OSHA, and CMS compliance as applicable to protected health information, safety, claim submission, and prevention of fraud
  • Recognize proper office opening and closing procedures, patient communication, computer skills, and telephone etiquette
  • Apply anatomy/physiology and medical terminology knowledge where applicable to patient and provider interactions and administrative tasks
Enrollment Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Web browser with internet connection
  • Course registration & payment
Materials Included
  • Expert-led video based training
  • eBook: Physical Therapy Aide-A Worketext by Roberta C. Weiss & Kinn's The Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Competency assessments
  • National Certification exam fee
Student Services
  • Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  • Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  • Exam preparation process
  • Career Services Advisor

courses taken

PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
2 weeks

This course will benefit anyone considering a career in allied health, as well as those already working in the field. Allied Health Professionals must be committed to the key attributes of professionalism and strive to reflect this within the delivery of patient-centered safe and effective care. “Professionalism” is a broad term that reflects many different skills and abilities. For an individual to exhibit professionalism, he/she must be armed with specific skills and abilities that do not always show up within certification requirements, or even within a career training curriculum. Soft skills are hard to measure and are typically less well-defined than hard skills. However, soft skills are what set many job candidates apart. Professionalism is not just what one knows, it is how one does their job, how one behaves and how one comes across as they interact with others.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with soft skills training that will provide the tools needed to demonstrate a higher level of professionalism on the job. Key components of the course focus on patient interaction, proper office behavior, medical ethics, diversity and cultural bias, emotional strength, professional appearance and communication. The course maintains a focus on the key attributes that are true markers of professionalism.

This course was created with input from healthcare professionals working in the field, healthcare employers that hire our graduates, professional educators and even former MedCerts students. The end result is a collection of modules that touch on the soft skills that are TRULY important in the real world of allied healthcare. In this course, students are engaged through scenario-based learning that allows for real interaction with virtual co-workers and patients. Additionally, game-based activities keep students engaged and entertained throughout their learning journey.

  • Gain an understanding of the expectations of an allied healthcare professional in the workplace
  • Develop and exercise emotional intelligence, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Build and improve internal and external communication skills with all exchanges
  • Enhance the patient care experience with successful interactions and patient satisfaction
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflict and build self-confidence
HI 1014

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

96 hours
6 weeks

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.

  • Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
  • Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
  • Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
  • Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
  • Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
HI 1011

Medical Office Procedures and Administration

96 hours
6 weeks

This course will introduce the student to the Health care industry, its environment along with the day to day skill set and knowledge required to fulfill a position as a Medical Administrative Assistant. Modules include Professional Behavior, Communication, Law and Ethics, Law and Medicine, Daily Operations, Telephone Techniques, Appointment Scheduling, Correspondence, Computers, HIPPA Regulations, Records Management, Information Management, Basics of Coding, Health Insurance Basics, Professional Fees, Accounting and Bookkeeping, Banking and Financial Management, Practice Management, Marketing and Customer Service. 

  • Follow HIPAA & HITECH Compliance Laws
  • Understand the different kinds of insurances and plans
  • Perform Medical Front Office Procedures
  • Schedule Patients
  • Provide Patient Education
HI 6013

Fundamentals of Physical Therapy

64 hours
4 weeks

Fundamentals of Physical Therapy is a comprehensive course with insight and focus on assisting the physical therapist and physical therapy assistant with patient care and preparation in a healthcare setting. The course provides foundational knowledge required of an allied healthcare professional. Video-based lessons include fundamentals of physical therapy as it relates to the role of the physical therapy aide/technician as a member of the physical medicine/rehabilitative team. Emphasis is placed on infection control and safety, vital signs, patient preparation and transfers, ambulation support, and gait training. Topics related to physical therapy treatment, range-of-motion exercise, and various agents and modalities are also addressed.

  • Accumulate Physical Therapy Aide/Technician knowledge and clerical and clinical skills to become an essential member of the physical medicine/rehabilitative team
  • Recognize the responsibility of professional communication and customer service in patient care
  • Discuss the patient assistance role of the Physical Therapy Aide/Technician to restore strength using various modalities, therapeutic exercise, treatment, and procedures under the direction of the licensed physical therapist
  • Apply infection control and environmental safety with patient preparation and treatment
  • Describe the steps to turn, transfer, and position patients
  • Differentiate between ambulation and gait in reference to assisting and guarding the patient
PS 1011 2
HI 1014 6
HI 1011 6
HI 6013 4
Total Program Duration 18 Week

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Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist CareersJob Opportunities

Rehabilitation Aide

$30,000 – $45,000
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Physical Therapy Aide

$27,000 – $46,000
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Career Potential

Physical Therapy Assistant

$49, 000 – $60,000
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