Program Overview

Gained through Penn Foster, interested students have the opportunity to earn a Diploma by completing Physical Therapy Aide courses. This independent, online program consists of five Instruction Sets that students complete on their own schedule. In order to meet the course requirements, students must have access to a Windows-based computer running Windows XP or Mac OS X or later, with high-speed Internet.

Students receive a history of physical therapy and the settings in which it is practiced. Students learn the role of a physical therapy aide, as well as the responsibilities they obtain. Students study treatment setup, therapeutic activities, direct patient care, and Medicare regulations governing the use of aides. Students are taught body regions, anatomical positioning, directional terms, and common medical abbreviations.

Students learn about disorders of the musculoskeletal system, such as joint diseases, soft tissue injuries, osteoporosis, and hernias. Students then learn about dysfunctions and disorders concerning the nervous system, including carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and epilepsy.

In an introduction to therapeutic treatments, students learn about cryotherapy, deep healing treatments, and superficial heat treatments. By learning therapeutic exercise, the students are able to help patients with motion exercises, strength exercises, and coordination exercises. Students interact with patients and other personnel, practicing conflict resolution and problem solving. The application for the Physical Therapy Aide can be found on Penn Foster’s website.

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    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 
    DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.

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