Earn your Certificate of Achievement to be prepared for employment as a physical therapist aide.
About the Program
What Will I Learn
Carrington’s Physical Therapy Technology program trains future physical therapist aides through classroom study, lab exercises, and practice and clinical training in an off-campus professional environment
Students in the Physical Therapy Technology program practice a range of skills that encompass anatomy and physiology, pathologies, medical terminology, therapeutic exercises and a wide range of modality applications that would include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy and others.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions providing support to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, chiropractors and personal trainers and to patients who are recovering from an injury, adapting to trauma or disability or participating in a fitness training program.
Upon completion of the Physical Therapy Technology program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to assist with various therapeutic techniques
- Demonstrate skills required to complete a patient treatment session safely
- Establish foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in relation to patient care
Student Life at Carrington College
We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.
From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid.1
Tutoring and Study Groups
For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.
Fixed Tuition Promise
How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you.2
Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork
Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.
As a physical therapist aide, you’ll be caring for others and helping them obtain the best quality of life possible. Between 2018 and 2028, the employment of physical therapist aides is expected to grow 23%, nationally much faster than average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.3
The national median salary for a physical therapist aide in May 2018 was $26,240 per year or $12.61 per hour.3 For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312022.htm#st.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the health needs of an aging population. More physical therapist assistants and aides will be needed to manage the effects of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity and help patients maintain their mobility.
Cost & Financial Aid
Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog.
The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.
Accreditation and Approvals
Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415-506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at accjc.org.
For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.
Read Our Career Guide On Physical Therapy Technology
Physical therapy (also known as PT) aides perform a variety of tasks that help keep the office running smoothly. Although PT aides are supervised by physical therapists, they might collaborate with physical therapist assistants.
- Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
- Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm (visited January 05, 2020). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.