Physical therapy technology provides treatment and training to millions of Americans of all ages who have difficulty with walking, with movement disorders, or difficulties with the activities of daily living.
Through a 50/50 mixture of classroom study and lab work, our Physical Therapy Technology program covers administrative procedures, physical therapy applications, kinesiology, equipment use & maintenance, sports physical therapy applications, pathology, and more. Available at our Mesa, Phoenix Westside, and Tucson, Arizona campuses, the program culminates in a Certificate of Achievement.
The program, that can be completed in as few as 8 months, also includes an externship that enables students to reinforce their classroom theory and skills by working with a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant in a real world hospital or private office environment.
Physical therapy technicians teach patients how to use ambulatory devices (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes) that help them manage their disabilities at home and in public. PT technicians also have a role in assessing the condition of patients, planning treatment programs, preparing treatment schedules and keeping records on treatment progress. Support duties may include confirming appointments, ordering supplies, attending training sessions and supervising lower level technicians.
Working under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, a physical therapy technician (sometimes called a physical therapist aide) can assist with or administer therapeutic procedures in a variety of potential workplaces. Physical therapy centers, clinics, chiropractic offices, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools for handicapped children, physicians’ offices and nursing homes are all places that employ physical therapy technicians.
Our graduates are also prepared to sit the Certified Personal Trainer exam administered by the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT); if successful, students are potentially employable as personal trainers if they choose to go that route.
If you know someone who’d like to get a career in the field of physical therapy moving, have them talk to a Carrington College Enrollment Services Representative at 1.877.206.2106. Alternatively have them complete an inquiry form at carrington.edu/degrees/physical-therapy-technician/ and a Representative will contact them.
For comprehensive consumer information, please visit http://carrington.edu/degrees/physical-therapy-technician/
* Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.
Program availability varies by location.