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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
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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), the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association and will attain the status of Customer Service Certified (CSC) as designated by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE).
*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.
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
High School Diploma or GED
Web browser with internet connection
Course registration & payment
Expert-led video based training
eBook: Physical Therapy Aide-A Worketext by Roberta C. Weiss & Kinn's The Administrative Medical Assistant
National Certification exam fee
Dedicated Student Success Advisors
Tailored support based on performance & behavior
Exam preparation process
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Customer Service Professional I
This module is a unique and entertaining course designed to prepare individuals across all job titles with the core skills needed to satisfy customers of all types. Each customer, patient, or client is critical whether you work within a call center, retail store or pharmacy, medical office/clinic, or business office. No organization can afford to overlook or neglect the power of customer service skills. The course includes six (6) modules on topics such as Why Customer Service Matters, What Customers Want, Essential Customer Service Skills Part I and Part II, Handling Complaints and Dealing with Angry People, and Customer Service as a Strategic Marketing Tool. These modules are the components of the “Through the Customer’s Eyes” course that has been used to train a variety of front-line service providers across many industries and disciplines. Within each module, students are assessed on the topics covered. Students completing this course will attain the status of “Customer Service Certified” (CSC) as designated by the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE).
Appreciate why first-rate customer service adds value to every organization
Understand how to determine what the customer wants and provide confidence in your product
Know how to deal with complaints and apply the four core skills for high quality service
Create value and play a part in profitability through performance and productivity
Enhance your company's market position by demonstrating what differentiates your company from the competition
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
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
Medical Office Procedures and Administration
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
Provide Patient Education
Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
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
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