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.

Job Opportunities

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

Select the certificate title below for course schedules and online registration.

Physical Therapy Aide Program
Course Offerings (2)
October 14, 2014 through December 4, 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Instructor:
CRN: MED115.05
Fee: $1,099
June 24, 2014 through August 12, 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Instructor:
CRN: MED314.05
Fee: $1,099
Description
This comprehensive 50-hour course prepares students for the growing field of physical therapy. 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, and transporting patients, working under the direction of a physical therapist. Furthermore, these workers assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physical Therapy Aides may be employed in nursing homes, hospitals, sports rehabilitation centers, and some orthopedic clinics. Note: this program does not include a national or state certification as part of its overall objectives.


Education Requirements

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.

Professional & Continuing Studies

Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Christina Draper, CPP
Program Manager
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
cdraper@richmond.edu