Career Major - Physical Therapy Aide

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Northwest Tech offers the following career majors within the Health Science Cluster.

Therapeutic Services Pathway Career Majors

Physical Therapy Aide - Alva Campus only
In this Career Major, students complete the Health Careers Core Curriculum (Technology Center), Core Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology, Core First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR. A physical therapy aide has many duties such as keeping the treatment area clean and prepped and assisting patients in preparation for treatment. Many physical therapy aides also have clerical duties such as paperwork, maintaining patient records, and making sure that supplies are in stock. In addition to the physical therapy aide courses include courses in ethics and law, patient care, clerical skills, ambulation, therapeutic exercises, agents and modalities. Students practice in a variety of settings as chosen by the instructor.

Career Major Length: 585 hours

CIP Code: 51.0806
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Health Careers Core Curriculum 225
Core Medical Terminology 45
Anatomy and Physiology 120
Core Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid 15
Essentials of Physical Therapy Professions 60
Therapeutic Rehabilitation for the Physical Therapy Aide 30
Therapeutic Modalities for the Physical Therapy Aide 30
Physical Therapy Aide Mentorship 60


Campus Location: Alva

Financial Aid Eligible: No

Who Can Enroll: High School Juniors and Seniors

Student Organization: Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Tuition and Materials Use Fees:
Testing and certification fees may apply.

Salary Range: $8.62/hour

Helpful Attributes and Abilities:

  • Reading and math skills at the 10th grade level or above
  • A positive attitude
  • A general interest in health careers
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to relate to people in a caring, empathetic manner
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Dependability
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of personality types

Cluster: Health Science

Pathway: Therapeutic Services

Alva Instructor: Mrs. Brooke Meyer

Last updated on 7/7/14