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
- Kinesiology for the Manual Therapist
- 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
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:
- 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!”