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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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score