Physical Therapy Aide Program

Physical Therapy Aide

Colton 32 Weeks Day & Evening
32 Weeks
Day & Evening

Benefits | Career Outlook | Curriculum | GEDT Information


The field of healthcare is about improving the lives of others. As a physical therapy aide, you will be on the front line in easing the pain of the patients you help to treat, and empowering them to lead more comfortable lives, while embarking on a bright new career in a high-growth field.

The Physical Therapy Aide program at Summit College is designed to deliver the personalized instruction and training it takes to hit the ground running. You will focus on all aspects of what it takes to assist physical therapists—from understanding medical terminology to providing therapeutic treatments—through a blend of theoretical knowledge and active learning using modern facilities, equipment and resources.

Physical Therapy Aide program instructors have years of experience in the field of physical therapy. Summit College faculty members believe in challenging, supporting and guiding students so they can realize their full potential and reach their career goals.

Upon completing the Physical Therapy Aide program, you will receive a certification that will allow you to find an entry-level position in your chosen vocational field.

Benefits of Summit College

Students in Summit College’s Physical Therapy Aide program are exposed to the broad range of topic areas that form the foundation of our Allied Health programs.

Our curriculum is complemented by abundant opportunities for hands-on learning, and students will benefit from a faculty of instructors who bring real-world experience into the classroom.

In the Physical Therapy Aide program you will study the following areas:

  • Medical terminology
  • Functions of the body
  • Patient treatments
  • Mobility and immobility
  • Patient preparation
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Patient service and communication

Hands-on, active learning is a hallmark of the Physical Therapy Aide program. You will develop skills like communicating professionally in a physical therapy setting, preparing patients and providing therapeutic treatment—using the same equipment, facilities and resources you will find in the professional world.

Your hands-on training will include:

  • Devices used for ambulation
  • Forms of exercise
  • Patient transferring procedures
  • Therapeutic exercises for lower back pain
  • Helping to apply heat therapy
  • Massage
  • Disorders of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Range of motion exercises for multiple joints

Summit College offers students the individual attention and knowledge that will help them succeed in allied health fields. Our Physical Therapy Aide program delivers crucial training to students, so they can provide the right treatment to their patients with care and dedication.

The instruction you will find at Summit College will prepare you not only for your daily tasks, but also for the challenges you might encounter in your professional career. Our classes are small in order to create connections between instructors and peers. We believe this increases learning opportunities and motivates students.

As a student in the Physical Therapy Aide program, you will find:

  • Personal attention from outstanding, accomplished faculty
  • A wealth of academic support, free tutoring services and a Learning Academy open six days a week and offering a modern computer lab
  • A rich abundance of career service support, including resume assistance, mock interviews and workshops, and externships
  • Excellent, modern facilities and resources
  • Schedule options that include day, evening and weekend courses

At Summit College, students will find personal attention, academic support, free tutoring services, and modern facilities. We also have a career services team prepared to help you find a position upon your graduation.

Summit College offers flexible scheduling options, making physical therapy aide certification possible for everyone. Allied Health courses are on a monthly start rotation. Please check with the Admissions department or call 888-497-3382 for a complete list of start dates.

Career Outlook

The goal of the Physical Therapy Aide program is to prepare students not only to embark on new careers in the healthcare arena, but to thrive in a field that promises exceptional opportunities for growth for the next years.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapist aides in the United States is projected to grow by 40 percent between 2014 and 2024. This exceeds the overall projected employment growth rate of 7 percent. *

Opportunities in the healthcare field are booming, which makes this the right time to seek a respected certification.

As a graduate of the Physical Therapy Aide program, you will be prepared to work in a number of settings, which include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Fitness centers
  • Sports training facilities
  • Home health
  • Hospice

Common tasks performed by professional physical therapy aides include:

  • Cleaning treatment areas and setting up therapy equipment
  • Helping patients move around the area where the therapy will be performed
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Answering phones

Summit College offers a personalized path to success for students in the Physical Therapy Aide program. Our experienced and accomplished instructors, designed curriculum, abundance of hands-on training and wealth of individual support add up to an empowering learning environment.



Summit College’s Physical Therapy Aide program will train you to become an excellent physical therapy aide, capable of providing care and assistance to patients from all ages. Our curriculum is crafted to equip students with the skills the job market is looking for. We do that through a blend of classroom theory and hands-on training that prepares each student for the challenges of the real world.

While enrolled in the Physical Therapy Aide program, a student can expect to learn how to care for patients, communicate with them effectively and handle therapy equipment.

Our curriculum includes:

  • Physical Therapy Aide Profession
  • Medical Terminology
  • Functions of the Body
  • Physical Therapy Treatments
  • Patient Preparations
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Patient Service/Communication
  • Career Development
  • Externship

Summit College’s goal is to provide students with the skills to find entry-level positions in the Allied Health field.

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