How to Become a Physical Therapist Aide?
Physical Therapist Certification
If you are interested in a career in physical therapy or sports rehab, becoming a physical therapy aide may be the right path for you. Physical therapy aide programs are offered by a number of vocational and career schools, including a first-rate Physical Therapy Aide program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi).
What Do Physical Therapy Aides Do?
A physical therapy aide assists the physical therapist, making sure that the patient’s visit to the physical therapist goes smoothly and productively. The physical therapy aide’s job begins before the patient arrives, ensuring that the room is clean and prepared and that any equipment needed for the patient’s individual therapy session is ready to use.
Physical therapy aides also assist physically as needed, including everything from greeting the patients upon arrival and helping them to the treatment area as necessary, to lending a helping hand to the physical therapist during treatments.
Clerical tasks are also a part of the job for a physical therapy aide. Managing paperwork, maintaining medical records, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, and ordering supplies may all be a part of your day.
Where Do Physical Therapy Aides Work?
Physical therapy aides may work in a variety of environments, all as an assistant to a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant. Nearly 25% work in hospital environments and almost 10% work in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. The majority of physical therapy aides work in doctors’ offices, private physical therapy clinics, or other healthcare facilities.
Physical therapy aides work in many environments, including clinics and rehab centers.
The Physical Therapy Aide program at SOCHi also prepares graduates for work in sports rehab as a sports rehab aide. They receive training in medical massage and sports massage, making them a valuable addition to any sports rehab team.
Physical therapy aide and sports rehab positions are very physically active, requiring you to move patients, equipment and to participate in sometimes rigorous therapies.
Physical therapy aide careers are on the rise, with the need for experienced aides expected to continue to rise as the needs of an older population become greater.
A high school diploma or GED is required to become a physical therapy aide, but college degrees in physical therapy or the like are not required. Many physical therapy offices and clinics offer hands-on training, but taking formal courses or completing a program will give you an edge when it comes to job-hunting.
Programs such as SOCHi’s Physical Therapy Aide Program provide a balanced curriculum of classroom courses as well as hands-on lab work; this program combination helps to increase your marketability. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for exams that, upon passing, will yield you a physical therapy aide certification. You can also pursue state certifications that increase your value as an employee.
To be a physical therapy aide, you need to be physically strong and have a compassionate instinct for helping others. Good communication and social skills, as well as an ability to organize and manage tasks are all important qualifications for a physical therapy aide. If you possess these qualities, as well as an interest in health and wellness, then a career as a physical therapy aide may be the right fit for you.
For more information about the Physical Therapy Aide program at SOCHi, or any of our healthcare and wellness programs, please visit our website.