Do you know how to steer a wheelchair up a curb? Could you safely transfer a patient from wheelchair to bed? Can you predict how osteoarthritis of the hip affects gait? How does an ultrasound machine work? Would you recommend using cold or heat therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation? This course will give you the answers to these and much more, in step-by-step detail. We’ll show you how to assist patients with a variety of problems, from minor sprains or strains to auto accident injuries or arthritis requiring lengthy rehabilitation.

Physical therapy is among the fastest growing of the health care professions. This is your chance to get in on it! You’ll work under the supervision of a physical therapist doing important work that’s meaningful and worthwhile.

All textbooks and study materials are included with your tuition.

Career Profile

Physical therapy aides work under the supervision of a physical therapist. They make sure patients feel welcome and comfortable during their visit. Specific responsibilities may include:

Greeting patients at arrival
Listening to patient concerns
Positioning patients on the exam table
Assisting during treatment
Preparing exam and treatment equipment
Verifying insurance coverage
Filing medical reports in patient charts
Ordering supplies
Demand for physical therapy aides will continue to rise, in accordance with the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function. The growing elderly population is particularly apt to require therapeutic services. Among the service industries, health care support occupations are expected to grow the fastest, by 34.5%. This will create about 1.1-million new jobs by 2012.
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