Certified Physical Therapy Aide (Voucher Included)

There's a growing need for physical therapy aides. In fact, PT aide jobs will grow over 25% by 2030. This online course will help you master the skills you need to work as a physical therapy aide.

Not only will you be prepared for the AMCA's Physical Therapy Technician/Aide certification exam, but an externship starter kit will also walk you through everything you need to know to land a PT aide externship.

Disclaimer: To qualify for the externship applications process, students must successfully...

9 Months / 190 Course Hrs
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Certified Physical Therapy Aide (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES189

What you will learn

  • Explain the role, responsibilities, and qualifications of the certified physical therapy aide in various healthcare settings.
  • Define medical terminology and word elements related to the practice of physical therapy.
  • Summarize human anatomy, functional body movements, and system disorders as they relate to physical therapy.
  • Identify proper positioning, patient transfers, common exercises, modalities, and medical equipment.
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior specific to healthcare settings.
  • Differentiate between tasks appropriate for a certified physical therapy aide and other healthcare professionals.

How you will benefit

  • Holding AMCA Physical Therapy Technician/Aide certification validates your skill set
  • Developing transferable skills increases employment opportunities at healthcare settings, including physical therapist offices, hospitals, and nursing home facilities
  • Assistance from our Externship Coordinator and access to our Externship Starter Kit.

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 190 course hours
  1. The Physical Therapy Profession
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Organization of the Human Body
  4. Principles of Pathology and Its Treatment
  5. Infection Control
  6. Body Mechanics
  7. Positioning and Draping Patients
  8. Transferring Patients Safely
  9. Wheelchair Basics
  10. Pressure Ulcers
  11. Normal and Abnormal Gait
  12. Ambulation Aids
  13. Ambulation Related Activities
  14. The Skeletal System
  15. The Muscular System
  16. Treatment of the Skeletal and Muscular Systems: Exercise
  17. Treatment of the Skeletal and Muscular Systems: Physical Agents
  18. The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  19. The Nervous System
  20. Treatment of the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Nervous Systems
  21. The Rest of the Organ Systems
  22. Communication in the PT Facility
  23. Records and Charting
  24. Legal and Ethical Issues
  25. Your Career Journey (Optional Lesson)

Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Boston University, a master's degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Dr. Trimble transitioned into teaching. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups and has taught middle and high school science courses in both private and public school settings. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology for a local community college system, where she has taught for the past 15 years. Holly received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award both of the years she was nominated and is the author of the eBook, "College Success Now!"


There are no prerequisites to take this course. You do not need any prior experience or training in this field. However, if you plan to sit for the AMCA Certification Exam, candidates must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Webcam and microphone for testing.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Principles and Techniques of Patient Care
  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions

Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes. The course prepares students for the Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification (PTTC) through American Medical Certification Association AMCA.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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