Physical Therapy Aide

Robert I. Bickford Natatorium 1

Embark on a new career!

Become a valued member of the Physical Therapy Team as a Physical Therapy Aide. Physical Therapy Aides provide vital healthcare assistance to patients needing therapeutic treatment to restore strength and mobility. According to the Occupational Handbook, between 2014 and 2024 the demand for Physical therapy aides (PTA) is expected to grow 40 percent faster than the average for all occupations.

The Physical Therapy Aide program provides entry-level access to a growing healthcare field for individuals who desire to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. This two-part program is provided in an convenient online format with classroom training in clinical essentials, followed by a 52 hour on-site clinical experience.

Act on it! Take control with training that prepares you for a career in Physical Therapy.  

This is the profile of a person who will be successful as a physical therapy aide:
  • Listens well
  • Communicates well
  • Enjoys helping others
  • Works well with others
  • Has basic computer skills
  • Is caring and compassionate
  • Is responsible and conscientious
  • Reads and understands English
  • Has physical dexterity and perhaps swims
Program Requirements: Successfully Complete:
  • HES 492 - Become a Physical Therapy Aide (online course)
  • HES 493 - Physical Therapy Aide Clinical
Summer Schedule: 
HES 492   Syn. 34067   5/16 - 7/6    Online         $150 
HES 493  Syn. 32725  7/10 - 7/17  6p - 9p  CHS 1214   T/Th   $420
  Clinical Site  7/23 - 8/31      MTWThFS  

  To register for the online course HES 492 - Become a Physical Therapy Aide, start here:
  1. Review procedures for registering for an online Ed2go class here
  2. Click More, under ed2go, for registration steps (or click here)

Prerequisites for Clinical
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess HS diploma or equivalent
  • Must pass HES 492 with a score of 75+ on the first attempt
  • Review PreAccuplacer Video and print Certificate of Completion
  • Take Certificate of Completion, Placement Test Referral Form and Picture ID to testing center
  • Pass the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test - score 65+
  • Successfully complete CPR for the Healthcare Provider course
  • Bring a copy of your updated Resume to the first class
  • Must have reliable transportation
  Note: Bring copies of HS diploma/equiv., reading test report and CPR card to the Center for Health  Studies (CHS) Building, Room 2401, for verification.

  • Apply for the Promise Scholarship at
  • The Professional Education Scholarship for Healthcare Students (coming soon)
Course Descriptions: