Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Physical Therapy Aide

Physical Therapy Aide Program – 50 Classroom Hours; Tuition $999

  • Introduction to Physical Therapy; History and Evolution of Physical Therapy; role of the PT aide in the rehabilitation team
  • Ethical and legal issues affecting the physical therapy aide
  • Parts and types of effective communication
  • Abbreviations and medical terminology
  • Anatomical Position; Structures of the Musculoskeletal System and function of each (Bones, Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, Muscles, Joints)
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Ambulation and gait training
  • Measuring Vital Signs; Disorders of the Circulatory
  • Strengthening and exercise
  • Types of physical therapy modalities
  • Stretching and direction of movement
  • Common anatomical injuries and the associated modalities
  • Students will also perform and be evaluated on common clinical skills necessary to function as a physical therapy aide including patient positioning, and transfer, use of transfer belt, ambulation using crutches/ walker and cane, range of motion exercises and obtaining accurate vital signs

Begins Fall 2013:

                       Mondays and Wednesdays

                       October 21 – December 11

                       6:00pm – 9:30pm

                       50 Classroom Hours / Tuition $999

This comprehensive 50-hour Physical Therapy Aide Program prepares students for the growing field of Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapy Aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients working under the direction of the physical therapist. Furthermore, these workers assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physical Therapy Aides may be employed in nursing homes, hospitals, sports rehabilitation center and some orthopedic clinics. Note: This program does not include a national or state certification as part of its overall objectives.

Course Contact hours: 50 Hours

Student Tuition: $999 (Textbooks included)

Please contact Texas A & M University - Kingsville @ 361-593-2861 to register and find out more!

This page was last updated on: August 09, 2013