SOCHi's Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab program will prepare you for an exciting career in the rehabilitation field in less than a year. Helping others regain their strength and function as they recover from injuries or other painful conditions is a growing and rewarding occupation. Using exercise, evidence based interventions, and hands on manual therapy, you can assist patients in their journey to more optimum movement and daily activity. As a pt aide, you will work as a support to the Physical Therapist or Rehabilitation Physician who will directly oversee and guide you in assisting with patient duties as well as overall office procedures.

The skills you obtain here, combined with your passion to help others will make you a valuable member of the rehabilitation team. As the field of physical therapy and rehab has evolved, there has been a higher and higher use of manual therapy/massage interventions among our pool of employers. Because the fields are so interconnected, we include massage certification as part of the PT Aide program.

Many of our students and graduates have used the work experience they gained after completing our program to further their education and become Physical Therapy Assistants or Doctors of Physical Therapy. In addition to seeking higher credentials, many of our graduates use the massage certification to develop their own clientele as an additional source of income. The possibilities are numerous with the solid start we provide in the rehabilitation industry.

Additional Information


  • What Will I Learn?
  • Where will I work?
  • Can I make a good living?

You will learn all the basics to build a strong foundation as a successful member of the rehab team. We cover many topics to help make you a well rounded PT Aide and Massage Therapist. We prepare you for the massage certification exam and give you the professional skills necessary to work in a busy physical therapy environment.

The Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab program at SOCHi provides the student with career training for employment as a Physical Therapy Aide and a Massage Therapist. This program provides students with the opportunity to learn valuable skills the applies an integrated approach to health and wellness by incorporating medical massage and physical therapy modalities. Training is provided in the utilization of physical therapy equipment and the treatment of back and limb disorders through medical massage. The program also offers training in physical agents in rehabilitation, anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, event rehabilitative sports massage, SOAP charting and documentation are reviewed to assist you in keeping accurate health records when working in the field. CPR and first aid certification, professional ethics & hygiene, and business principles are also covered to round out your learning experience. Finally, because it is crucial to have real world experience, students will complete a 4 week externship in one of our partnered Physical Therapy extern sites or in our public clinic on campus. This opportunity for experiential learning and patient interaction in a supervised setting with feedback from your site supervisor and/or the DPT is priceless. Many of our graduates go on to become valued long term employees from their externship experiences.

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the MBLEX Exam and apply for voluntary certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to practice massage therapy in the state of California.

Working Environment

  • Physical Therapy Offices
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers
  • Sports Medicine Facilities
  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospitals

Often our graduates combine their skills and working in a rehab clinic under the direct guidance of a Physical Therapist, while also seeing clients in various massage settings other times to enhance their earnings overall.

Job Growth & Wages

  • Projected job growth is faster than average through 2022 (22% or higher) *
  • Median pay for massage therapist in California $38,930
  • Median pay for physical therapy aide in California $27,490

*as specified by onetonline.org

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