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Physical Therapy Aide


Launch a career where you can make a difference as a physical therapy aide

In just four months, students are able to complete the University of Central Missouri's Physical Therapy Aide certificate program. Students completing the program are well prepared to begin a new career in healthcare. The healthcare field is growing rapidly, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for physical therapy aides will increase by close to 30 percent by 2026. Median salary for this rewarding career is $25,680, according to the Department of Labor. Through our program, you will learn to prepare equipment for patient treatments, maintain order and cleanliness throughout the facility, assist physical therapists in selected procedures, help move patients, organize work areas and disinfect, perform clerical duties and assist patients with paperwork. Through this program, students earn an industry-recognized certificate and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $3,299 Calendar icon  

Online, self-paced course

Contact hours icon    265 hours  Prerequesites checklist icon  

18 years of age or older, high school diploma or GED, basic use of computers 

Prepare for nationally recognized certification exam through our flexible, online programPatient-working-on-hand-strength-with-ball

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to take the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS) exam, offered by the National Career Certification Board. Included in your course fee is an exam voucher. Our program also features physical therapy aide simulations to better prepare students for their career. To help you succeed, students have one-on-one access to three instructor support teams - student support, technical support and graduate support. 

What you will learn

  • Computer fundamentals
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Healthcare structure and organization
  • Roles of a physical therapy aide
  • Patient interaction
  • Documentation and reimbursement
  • Keyboard kinetics
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Medical language
  • Anatomy and pathophysiology
  • Patient preparation
  • Treating common medical disorders and physical dysfunctions



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