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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.

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

Program Length

12-20 weeks

Program Requirements

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


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

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.


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)


AHE 534






Medical Terminology for Health Occupations



Medical Terminology Online










Medical Terminology – A Short Course in Medical Terminology 3rd edition.  Publisher Wolters Kluwer.  Author C. Edward Collins.  ISBN 978-1-4511-7606-3


AHC 360




AHL 719


HIPAA Training




HIPAA Training Online











Handouts online

AHE 805

CPR for Health Care Providers




Included in courses cost

Prerequisite Totals:






Course Series:

AHL 912

Becoming a Physical Therapy AIDE




Handouts online

AHL 809

Physical Therapy AIDE/TECH Clinical





Course Series Totals:





Course Series and Prerequisite Totals:


$925 - $955




Additional Information

Course Substitutions:

Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with:  OFAD 141 or ALHL 115 or AHL 717

HIPAA AHC 360 can be substituted with:  AHL 719 or AHC 356


Additional Expenses:

The cost of all medical testing, background check, drug screening, uniforms, is paid by the students.  An estimate of these costs is $600.


Skills for Success:

Please see Technical Standards at the end of this document.


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.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator:

Shauna Bullard



Essex, HTEC 001

Administrative Assistant:

Maria Buttion



Essex, HTEC 005


Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC’S Physical Therapy Aide/Tech Training Series  

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Physical Therapy Aide/Tech Training Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position as a physical therapy tech in a physical therapy practice or hospital.


The duties of a PT Aide/Tech require the ability to assist in the lifting of patients or setting up supplies and equipment for PT sessions.  PT Aides/Techs need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to be detail-oriented and work accurately and quickly. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital.


Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:


Physical Requirements:

  1. Sufficient strength and mobility to:
  • Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements
  • Lift 50 pounds
  • Move equipment that is sometimes awkward or heavy
  1. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:
  • Handle delicate instruments with precision
  • Handle instruments and equipment that may be costly to replace if damaged
  • Quickly and precisely adjust controls on equipment
  • Clean and assemble PT equipment
  1. Adequate vision to:
  • Read and interpret written directions from PT or PT Assistant
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screen


Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

  1. Have the ability to:
  • Work in a professional manner under sometimes stressful situations
  • Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  • Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, instrumentation and procedures
  • Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies and procedures
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession,
  • Maintain a conscience/professional morality in the application of infection control techniques
  • Willingness to precept (train) others
  1. Sufficient communication skills to:
  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with any team members regarding issues that may be difficult to address (i.e. problem with machinery that could affect sterilization; admission of own errors, etc.)


Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand
  • Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials 
  • Accept feedback from others


Environment Requirements:

  1. This profession involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:
  • Working in an environment that has a minimal risk of exposure to potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning agents and chemicals and blood-borne pathogens
  • Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  • Submitting to periodic drug screening


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