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Physical Therapy Aide Program Begins Oct. 4

Program Description

Physical Therapy has become a valuable part of total patient care and rehabilitation. Physical Therapy Aides, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, assist with specific components of treatment interventions.
This comprehensive 50-hour Physical Therapy Aide Program prepares students for the growing field of Physical Therapy. This program includes the following areas:

  • Introduction to Physical Therapy; History and Evolution of Physical Therapy, role of PT Aide in the rehabilitation team
  • Abbreviations and medical terminology
  • Anatomical positions, Structures of the Musculoskeletal System and function of each (Bones, Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, Muscles, Joints)
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Ambulation and gait training
  • Measuring Vital Signs; Disorders of the Circulatory System
  • Strengthening and Exercise
  • Types of physical therapy modalities
  • Students will also perform and be evaluated on common clinical skills necessary to function as a physical therapy aide including patient positioning and transfer, use of transfer belt, ambulation using crutches, walker, and cane, range of motion exercises and obtaining accurate vital signs.

Note: This program is intended to train students for entry level Physical Therapy Aide positions or to prepare students for a more formal longer term program.

Schedule and Cost

Schedule: Classes will be held at our Center Valley Campus, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA
9am to 3 pm, Saturdays, October 4th through December 13th (no class November 29th)
Cost: $999

Registration and More Information

Register online, or for more information, contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 or dmcaloon@psu.edu.

Penn State Lehigh Valley
Continuing Education

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034-8447

Phone: 610-285-5000
Fax: 610-285-5256


The Penn State Center @ Overlook Park

445 Hanover Avenue
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: 610-841-5330
Fax: 610-841-3310