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Physical Therapy Aide

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$1,895.00 (USD)

OVERVIEW

OBJECTIVE

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy Aide program, you will:

  • Have a fundamental understanding of the practice of physical therapy and the differences between PTs, PTAs, and PT aides.
     
  • Be familiar with the organization of the human body and important anatomical terminology.
     
  • Understand the basics of pathology, vital signs, and principles of treatment.
     
  • Be knowledgeable about the history of infection control, specific types of pathogens, transmission of infection, the disease process, and how to prevent the spread of infection.
     
  • Be able to identify the causes, risk factors, staging, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
     
  • Understand the anatomy of the spine, proper posture, and correct body mechanics.
     
  • Know how to transfer patients safely in a variety of settings.
     
  • Understand the features and functions of wheelchairs.
     
  • Appreciate the complexity of a normal gait pattern and how different types of disorders affect gait.
     
  • Know the basics about ambulation aids.
     
  • Be prepared to assist patients with ambulation-related activities.
     
  • Be familiar with the correct way to position and drape patients.
     
  • Have a basic understanding of the anatomy of the body’s muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.
     
  • Understand principles of treatment of the muscular and skeletal systems.
     
  • Understand principles of treatment of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.
     
  • Be familiar with the rest of the body’s organ systems.
     
  • Know how to communicate effectively in a physical therapy setting.
     
  • Be aware of the legal and ethical issues that affect PT aides.
     
  • Be prepared to begin your search for employment as a PT aide.

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University of New Mexico, Continuing Education Division
Division of Continuing Education
1634 Univeristy Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131 US
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