Build Your Future as a Physical Therapy Aide
This course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a Physical Therapy Aide or Restorative Aide in a hospital, convalescent hospital, or home setting.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
- Identify the members of the healthcare team and their responsibilities
- Understand medical ethics
- Demonstrate knowledge of safety, body mechanics, and transfer techniques
- List the planes of the body, directions, anatomical postures, and movements
- Demonstrate procedures including range of motion, positioning, gait training, and therapeutic exercises
- Use therapeutic modalities such as hot and cold packs
Additional Eligibility Requirements Include:
- Must be 18 years or older to enroll
- Must complete an NOCE Admissions Application
- Must complete an in-person Assessment and online Orientation at least 24 hours prior to registering
- Students have basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills and/or be at an ESL level of intermediate low.
Frequently Asked Questions
Upon completion of this course, students will have the training needed to work as a Physical Therapy Aide and/or Restorative Aide.
All NOCE courses in the Physical Therapy Aide program are tuition-free. However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, course supplies, and a parking pass.
The program can be completed in as little as three months.
Average salary per year in this field ranges from $23,740 to $27,640 per year.
Career opportunities upon completion of this certificate include:
- Physical Therapy Aide (PTA)
- Restorative Aide (RA)
- Physical Therapist Technician
- Restorative Care Technician
- Physical Therapist Aide (PTA)
- Rehabilitation Attendant
- Rehabilitation Aide
|Number of Jobs in 2018||6,601|
|2018-28 Job Growth||27% (Much Faster Than Average)|
|Entry-Level Pay in 2018||$23,712/ Annual, $11.40/ Hour|
|Median Pay in 2018||$33,259/ Annual, $15.99/ Hour|
Salary and employment outlook will vary depending on the skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.
Degrees & Certificates
Physical Therapy Aide is a noncredit course. There is no certificate available for this course and a certificate is not required to become a Physical Therapy or Restorative Aide.
Students who enjoy providing customer and personal services, working in a therapy and counseling field, providing teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and have strong interpersonal and communication skills should consider starting a career as a Physical Therapy Aide. North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) is your first step to a career and entry point into this challenging field.
On a typical day, Physical Therapy Aides are responsible for a variety of activities, including: cleaning medical equipment, patient rooms, and/or treatment rooms; engaging patients in exercises or activities; encouraging patients during therapeutic activities; maintaining medical records; administering therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids; moving patients to or from treatment areas; scheduling patient procedures or appointments; monitoring patient progress or responses to treatments; administering basic healthcare or medical treatments; conferring with other professionals to plan patient care; assisting patients with daily activities; and teaching medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients.
People in this career often have these skills:
- Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people’s reactions
People in this career need skills such as:
- Attention to Detail
There are many benefits to completing the NOCE Physical Therapy Aide course. This course prepares students to work as a Physical Therapy Aide or Restorative Aide in a hospital, convalescent hospital, or home setting. Students will develop the foundational skills and knowledge to be employed in this entry-level position. For those who want to continue their education within this field, this industry is expected to have faster than average growth.
With additional education, Physical Therapy Aides have careers that often grow into the following positions:
- Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA)
- Director of Rehabilitation
- Physical Therapist (PT)
- Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
- Registered Physical Therapist (RPT)