Pursue a Career as a Physical Therapy Aide

Take the first steps toward a career as a Physical Therapy Aide with Penn Foster Career School's online program. Physical therapist aides work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help patients regain movement and manage pain as they recover from injuries or illnesses. You can gain the skills you may need to work in this field in as little as one month.

Why Become a Physical Therapy Aide?

There are many opportunities to help others get back on their feet as a physical therapy aide. Penn Foster Career School can help you learn the skills to take the first step towards working in a variety of settings as a physical therapy aide, including schools and clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, sports medicine centers, and more. Take this rewarding career path with online classes — learning when and where you want, at the pace you want.
Why Become a Physical Therapy Aide?
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you prepare for a job as a physical therapy aide.​
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other physical therapy aide students in the Penn Foster Community.
Work Experience Option
Upon completion of your Physical Therapy Aide program, the self-arranged Work Experience Option allows you to seek out and gain experience with an employer near you. Though this is not required for program completion, this optional exercise allows you to gain practical, hands-on experience in a real-world job environment. Earn a certificate of completion upon graduation for your work experience as a physical therapy aide.
Work Experience Option
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Physical Therapy Aide Course Details
Program topics include medical terminology and knowledge of common physical dysfunctions and disorders, treatment techniques such as deep heating treatments and cryotherapy, common therapeutic exercises for strength and mobility, and communicating effectively with patients, the rehabilitative team, and other personnel.
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Physical Therapy Aide training online today.
Thanks to Penn Foster I am much more knowledgeable than most of the coworkers.
Joanne B.
Physical Therapy Aide Graduate
Physical Therapy Aide Student
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Get started today on your path towards helping others as a Physical Therapy Aide with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, on the Internet here. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.