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Health Careers Education
Introduction to Physical Therapy Aide
This course will provide the student with a history of physical therapy. The course will present this occupation in the context of the rehabilitation team and emphasize how the contribution of the Physical Therapy Aide benefits the care of patients. The course explores the job opprtunities that are available.
Lara Skaggs
-Describe the evolution of physical therapy in the United States from the early 1900s to present day.
-Discuss how physical therapy became a new occupation.
-Explain the impact of World War I and World War II on the field of physical therapy.
-Define the major focus of the rehabilitation team.
-List the members of the rehabilitation team and describe the function of each.
-Discuss the role of the physical therapy aide as it relates to working with patients with physical disabilities.
-Discuss career opportunities available to the physical therapy aide.
-Describe the training required at various levels of health care providers.
-Distinguish between divisions within health care facilities.
-Discuss some of the desirable personal characteristics and technical skills required of a physical therapy aide.
-Identify several potential duties of the physical therapy aide.
-List potential employers of the physical therapy aide.
-Identify common conditions and impairments requiring physical therapy.
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Physical Therapy Aide