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Physical Therapy Aide Training

The physical therapy aide training from PCDI Canada was developed by leading experts in the physical therapy field. The course combines practical instruction with hands-on demonstration so that you have the knowledge to develop restorative rehabilitation and treatment plans for patients.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Allied Healthcareers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied healthcareers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson 3: The Profession of Physical Therapy and Career Opportunities for the Aide  

In this lesson, you will learn the role rehabilitation plays in providing patients with physical therapy treatments. You will also explore the many opportunities to be found in this exciting new field to work in both private and public healthcare systems.

Lesson 4: Ethical and Legal Issues in Medicine  

In this lesson, you will learn about the patient's bill of rights and the role each member of the rehabilitation team plays in protecting those rights. You will also gain an understanding of the moral issues that apply to the daily practice of the PT aide.

Lesson 5: Effective Communication, Medical Records, and Terminology  

In this lesson, you will look at how effective and sensitive communication on the part of the physical therapy aide is essential to the job. You will gain an understanding of medical word formation, abbreviations, and common terms you will encounter as a PT aide. You will also explore the major components of a physical therapy patient's medical record.

Lesson 6: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy  

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce you to some of the musculoskeletal techniques used in physical therapy. Knowing the appropriate modality for treating a specific condition is helpful even if the PT aide cannot personally implement the treatment or exercise.

Lesson 7: Neurologic, Cardiopulmonary, Pediatric, Geriatric, and Integumentary Physical Therapy  

The purpose of this lesson is to explain how physical therapy techniques are used in the treatment of neurologic, cardiopulmonary, pediatric, geriatric, and integumentary disorders. Knowing the appropriate modality for treating a specific condition is helpful even if the PT aide cannot personally implement the treatment or exercise.

Lesson 8: Safety and Preparation for Patient Care  

The purpose of this lesson is to provide you with an understanding of basic hospital safety principles and to teach you how to prepare the patient and the treatment area for care.

Lesson 9: Patient Positioning, Body Mechanics, and Transfer Techniques  

The purpose of this lesson is to teach proper techniques and safety precautions for positioning and transferring patients in a variety of situations.

Lesson 10: Wheelchairs, Assistive Devices, and Gait Training  

The purpose of this lesson is to give you practical information and advice about assisting patients with wheelchairs, assistive devices, and gait training.

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Program Description

Students learn the basics of patient care in the physical therapy setting and practical on-the-job techniques for assisting physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in their treatment of patients suffering from a variety of physical ailments.

Program Objectives

After completing the Physical Therapy Aide program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitative team as they apply to the Physical Therapy Aide.
  2. Summarize the process of patient interaction required of Physical Therapy Aides including legal and ethical issues, communications, and patient records.
  3. Describe musculoskeletal physical therapy and explain the most common techniques used by Physical Therapy Aides to assist with the treatment process.
  4. Describe neurologic physical therapy and explain the most common techniques used by Physical Therapy Aides to assist with the treatment process.
  5. Describe the appropriate safety procedures required for patient treatment preparation, transfer and positioning, and for the use of wheel chairs and other assistive devices.
  6. Discuss infection control issues within the practice of physical therapy.

Physical therapy aide training from PCDI Canada is the convenient way to get ahead in the health care industry. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online.

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