Physical Therapy Aide Program


What is Physical Therapy Aide? It involves working under the supervision of a Physical Therapist who assists patients in recovering from any sort of physical trauma or illness. The term “Physical Therapy” is sometimes shortened to “PT” in the field. 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.

Rehabilitation through Physical Therapy is an ever growing practice and it still has a lot of growth to accomplish. Incorporating a team of trustworthy and knowledgeable Physical Therapy Aides is a virtue for the world of health and wellness. This information is spreading quickly, therefore the number of people interested in Physical Therapy is growing rapidly and you can be a part of the community too.

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 clientele as an additional source of income. The possibilities are numerous with the solid start we provide in the rehabilitation industry.

What will I learn? 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 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. 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.

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You’re probably wondering “What does a Physical Therapy Aide do?” Well, as you can guess the duties are broad since there are many ways to assist a patient on recovering depending on the type of injury or physical trauma they endured. This is all based on a case to case basis, but a Physical Therapy Aide should be able to do the following by the end of their training:

  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises
  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, or assist patients practicing functional activities
  • Perform regional therapeutic massage
  • Schedule patient appointments with physical therapists and coordinate therapist schedules
  • Observe patient’s during treatment to compile and evaluate date on patients responses and progress and report to physical therapist
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment
  • Administer physical agents such as heat, light, sound, water, or electricity for rehabilitative purposes
  • Confer with physical therapy staff to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying or coordinating treatment

The skills are learned through our extensive program that includes some of the classes listed below:

  • Professional Ethics & Hygiene
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology for the Manual Therapist
  • Pathology
  • History, Theory of Physical & Manual Therapies

Physical Therapy Aide graduates get the chance to work at many facilities that offer rehabilitative practices. Once on-site, PTA’s will get the opportunity to work under a Physical Therapist and assist them with clinical duties.

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

Physical Therapy Aides from SOCHi also have Massage Therapy training included in their program. With classes such as Deep Tissue Massage, Russian Sports Massage, Foundations of Therapeutic Massage Therapy, and many more; our PT Aide students have way more than just Physical Therapy skills under their belt. This advantage opens doors to higher salaries and more job openings once finished with your training session. If this is intriguing to you, you can even extend this advantage and enroll in a separate Massage program to extend your learning experience and accelerate towards a better career path working in some of the places listed below:

  • Spas
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Rehab Clinics
  • Fitness Centers
  • Many more places where massage is offered!

As long as people are moving, there will always be a need for physical therapists and physical therapy aides to be around to assist when there are specific injuries.

With more and more people populating our country, this means that the need for physical therapy is rising! It’s quite simple, more people means more exercise and movement which leads to more injury which leads to more physical therapy.

The need for physical therapy is on the rise. The projected job growth for this industry is faster than average through the year 2022 at 22% or higher.

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.

Nilou is our Physical Therapy Aide Program Director. Here is a message from her:

“Being a Physical Therapy Aid for over 10 years has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have held in my life. The field of Physical Therapy is helping people first hand become able to see the difference you have made in their lives. This job has allowed me to work alongside many other health care professionals such as surgeons, doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. I was also lucky enough to work with various groups such as professional athletes, pediatrics, geriatrics, pre and post operation patients and many more. I have worked anywhere from outpatient clinics and athletic training facilities to aqua therapy pools. Through physical therapy we were able to help patients regain movement, strength, coordination and manage pain as they recover from their injuries or illnesses.

If you're interested in medicine, passionate about healthcare, and have a lifelong dedication to helping others, then this may be the career choice for you. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, physical therapy aide careers will increase 30% by 2026. Now is the time to gain the skills to move those interests and passions into a profession you can benefit from in the long run. Here at SOCHI you will explore classes that guide you through important fundamentals to professional hands-on techniques. You'll learn to assist patients with diverse conditions, apply different types of modalities, and be ready to succeed in a high-demand, fast-growing field.”

Briana D. is one our Physical Therapy Aide Students. Here is what she has to say about the program:

“When I applied to SOCHI and started the Physical Therapy Aide program, I thought I would do the program and work right away, but that wasn’t the case. I never imagined the impact this school would have on my life. Through my duration here I’ve regained self confidence when it came to my studies. I plan on pursuing my education in the field of kinesiology due to my exposure to Physical Therapy through SOCHI. This school isn’t just a school, it’s more than that; It’s a family!”

Why SOCHi?


When looking for a school to become a certified Physical Therapy Aide it’s important to consider SOCHi in your scope of search.

Southern California Health Institute offers a quality program to become a certified PT Aide in less than a year. In just a year, you can be ready to start your career in Physical Therapy and be ready to springboard into higher positions such as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist and make an ever higher salary. By the end of your program at SOCHi you will have built enough confidence and compassion to take on the Physical Therapy Industry by storm and help patients in the facilities you work in.

The practice of Physical Therapy grants both the patient and Physical Therapy Aide with peace of mind and gratitude. On one end, the patient is being relieved and worked through a process of healing from physical trauma and injury meanwhile the Physical Therapy Aide is filled with gratitude for being able to assist a patient. Southern California Health Institute is here to promote these meaningful interactions and send you off into a rewarding career both financially and morally.

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