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Catalog 2016-17 
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Physical Therapy Tech/Aide

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Program Description

The Physical Therapy Tech/Aide works under the close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant to perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area. They can work in a variety of settings including long-term care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and home/community-based settings.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).  Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  This career does not currently have a certification exam.

Career Opportunities:

This is an entry level career in a physical therapy practice, rehabilitation facility, or physical/occupational therapy department in a hospital. Further education provides the opportunity for promotion within the field.

Program Length

12-20 weeks

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. All students must be computer literate and have Internet access.

HIPAA Training, CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to first class:

Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old

Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella

Current Flu vaccination

Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form

Tetanus shot (less than ten years)

Copy of health insurance card

Copy of high school diploma or GED

Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing. Cost of testing is the responsibility of the student. Go to http://precheck.com/ for more information.

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

1. (Prerequisite) Medical Terminology for Health Occupations: AHE 534

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Medical Terminology—The Language of Health Care; published by Lippincott; 1451176767; $77.00

2. (Prerequisite) HIPAA Training: AHC 360 Or HIPAA Training Online: AHL 719

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

3. (Prerequisite) CPR for Health Care Providers: AHE 805

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Provided and included in courses costs

4. (Prerequisite) Professional Preparation for Health Care: VOB 029

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

5. Becoming a Physical Therapy AIDE: AHL 912

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

6. Physical Therapy AIDE/TECH Clinical: AHL 809

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $936 - $956 (Tuition-$284 /Fees-$652-$672)
  • Textbook/Materials: $77

Program Contact Information

Administrative Assistant:

Maria Buttion



Essex, HTEC 005


Lisa Thomas



Essex, HTEC 013

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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