People interested in becoming a Physical Therapy Aide should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. This program is intended to train students for entry level Physical Therapy Aide positions or to prepare students for a more formal longer term program.
Physical Therapy Aide
This comprehensive 50-hour program will prepare students for the growing field of physical therapy. The purpose of physical therapy is to restore loco-motor function to the human body through alleviating and correcting movement dysfunction. Physical therapy has become a valuable part of total patient care and rehabilitation.
Physical Therapy Aides, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, assist with specific components of treatment interventions. The Physical Therapy Aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as:
- Preparing treatment areas
- Ordering devices and supplies
- Transporting patients
- Patient positioning
- Range of motion exercises
- Obtaining accurate vital signs
Many of today’s health conscious citizens are pursuing a healthier lifestyle, and many are striving to stay in shape and remain healthy in their older years. As a result of this physical activity, the number of sports related injuries in the adult population has increased substantially—escalating the need for physical therapy services.
The Physical Therapy Aide may be employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home care agencies, outpatient clinics, community health centers and sports medicine centers.
Course and Registration Information
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Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Christina Draper, CPP
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138