Physical Therapy Aide Online Certification Program — MedCerts

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PT 3000

Physical Therapy Aide & Administration Specialist

Online Certification Training

Gain industry certifications and ultimately work in settings, such as Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy Offices and Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, and Wellness/Fitness centers. Watch our program sneak peek below!

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18  Weeks
Program Length
Certifications
$35,000
Avg. Starting Salary
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Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist Online Training

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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.

7,377
Entry Level Jobs in the US
Physical Therapy Aides will see available jobs grow 29% over the next ten years.
All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

What You’ll Learn
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.

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  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the soft skill expectations of an allied healthcare professional
  2. Describe patient preparation for examination and treatment including body positioning and transfers
  3. Define patient transportation, gait training and proper use of crutches, walkers, canes, and parallel bars
  4. Differentiate heat and cold modalities and passive, assistive and active range-of-motion exercise
  5. Ensure HIPAA, OSHA, and CMS compliance as applicable to protected health information, safety, claim submission and prevention of fraud
  6. Apply anatomy/physiology and medical terminology knowledge where applicable to patient and provider interactions and administartive tasks
Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist

Enrollment Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment
  4. Suitable vision & hearing (normal or corrected)
  5. Suitable psychomotor skills, hand-eye coordination, finger agility
  6. Ability to stand for an extended period of time

Materials Included

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. eBook: Physical Therapy Aide- A Worktext
  3. eBook: Kinn's The Administrative Medical Assistant
  4. Competency assessments
  5. National Certification exam fee

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches
Required Courses
PS 1011

Professionalism in Allied Health

32 hours
Length
2 Weeks
Duration

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
Length
6 Weeks
Duration

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 anatomy and physiology app that enables students to explore, visualize, interact, and experience the anatomy of the human body in 3D and augmented reality (AR). 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 immersive experience will trigger thought processes and enhance learning outcomes in their Anatomy and Physiology program. The app has about 50 simulations across different topics.

    • 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
Length
6 Weeks
Duration

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
Length
4 Weeks
Duration

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
Code Course Duration
PS 1011 2 Weeks
HI 1014 6 Weeks
HI 1011 6 Weeks
HI 6013 4 Weeks
Total Program Duration 18 Weeks

Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist

Job Opportunities

Rehabilitation Aide

$30,000 – $45,000
Estimated Salary
Entry-Level

Physical Therapy Aide

$27,000 – $46,000
Estimated Salary
Career Potential

Physical Therapy Assistant

$49 – $60,000
Estimated Salary