Physical Therapy Aide

Career Diploma 2-6 mo

Physical therapy aide program

Take the first steps towards a career in healthcare with Penn Foster's Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma. Learn to help patients manage pain and rebuild movement after injuries, illness, and surgeries. 

  • Helps prepare you to work in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and sports medicine centers.
  • Aids in the development of strong communication techniques, improving patient advocacy and understanding.
  • Job rate is expected to grow 29% over the next 10 years.*
Accredited
Online
Self Paced

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Cost of Program

$619

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$50/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. Medical terminology, what the parts of the musculoskeletal system are and how to identify common dysfunctions, disorders, and conditions within them.
  2. How to utilize both cold and heat treatments, as well as the purpose of cryotherapy, heat treatments, deep heating treatments, and the role of an aide in administering heat treatments.
  3. Different types of exercises, including range of motion, strength and coordination, and ambulation and gait training.
  4. Personal, patient, and environmental safety as well as standard first aid.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Physical Therapy Aide Career Outcomes

Physical Therapy Aide

AVG SALARY*

$27,000/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS*

149,300

JOB GROWTH*

29%


Our online Physical Therapy Aide Program can help you develop the skills needed to work with physical therapists in a multitude of settings including hospitals, clinics, and sports medicine centers.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. Penn Foster Career School is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Physical therapy is regulated entirely by state licensure laws and practice acts and by federal laws relative to federal programs like Medicare. The physical therapist can and should determine what activities the aide should provide, but that is not regulation. Duties in each state vary. The aide position in Physical Therapy is an unregulated, unlicensed, non-certified, nonregistered profession. There are no requirements for an aide in any state. The program is not sufficient for an assistant position in any state. Assistants require specific educational training, certification, and licensure examinations in every state.

physical therapy aide helping patient.

Physical Therapy Aide Work Experience Option

This program includes an optional work experience to help you practice your physical therapy aide skills. Looking to your future, we’re providing you with this work experience option supplement that can be used to help you find a position as a trainee in a medical facility.

Physical Therapy Aide Student Stories 

Penn Foster students have started new careers, earned certifications, and more after graduating. Learn more about their experiences in the Physical Therapy Aide Program.
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Calvin R.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2020

"By me earning my diploma and finishing two programs with Penn Foster, my career path has been only growing, financially and academically. Penn Foster's program provided me with the tools I needed to move forward."

Physical Therapy Aide Program Curriculum 

  • 5 courses
  • 16.3 CEUs
  • 10 exams
  • Optional work experience

As part of our Physical Therapy Aide Program curriculum, students learn the fundamental skills needed to begin an entry-level career as a physical therapy aide. Your courses include:


  • Anatomy and Body Systems Terminology
  • Common Physical Disorders
  • Physical Therapy Treatments
  • Exercise and Mobility Training
  • Customer Service
  • Workplace Health and Safety

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Physical Therapy Aide Program Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career as a physical therapy aid with our online Physical Therapy Aide Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today! 

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $100 Ends 11/16/2021

Cost of Program

$619

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  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Save up to $20 Ends 11/16/2021

Cost of Program

$699

$719 Save $20

  • Pay $50 per month
  • Start for $1 down
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

cost of program

$719

  • Pay $50 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payment using coupon book
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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals

Flexible

  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced 

Interactive

  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos 

Connected

  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Student Portal Help Center 

Supportive

  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources 

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Physical Therapy Aide Program FAQs

What does a physical therapy aide do?

Physical therapy aides assist and support the physical therapist and other staff in clinical settings. Major duties include preparing the treatment area, patient care, and equipment, in addition to performing minor activities under the supervision of a physical therapist.

How do you become a physical therapy aide?

To become a physical therapy aide, you must have a minimum of a high school diploma. No certification is required and you will receive on-the-job training, but additional training and education like a career diploma can help give you a competitive edge in this growing job market.

How much does a physical therapy aide make?

The average yearly salary for a physical therapy aide in 2019 was $27,000.*

Is physical therapy aide a good career?

A career as a physical therapy aide can be a good career if you enjoy working with people and helping others. You'll learn to assist in the physical rehabilitation of individuals after injuries, surgeries, and illness, helping to improve their quality of life. The career field is expected to grow, too, with a 29% increase in physical therapy aide jobs over the next decade.* 

Disclaimers:

California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


Sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed March 31, 2021.


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.