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Physical/Restorative Therapy Aide Program


This program provides entry-level education and training to per- form physical/restorative therapy aide tasks. The class includes an overview of the physical therapy profession, the role of the physical/restorative therapy aide, and associated career opportunities.

Topics include: medical terminology, patient charts, musculoskeletal anatomy, thermal and electrical modalities, ambulating techniques, spine safety, range of motion exercises, restorative ADL's and assistive devices, strengthening and cardiovascular exercise, massage, facility cleanliness/infection control issues, interpersonal skills, and ethics.

Physical Therapy Aides are not required to be licensed by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Employment Opportunities

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Specialty hospitals
  • Home health agencies

Program Length

Classroom 48 hrs
Lab 28 hrs
Classroom Based Clinical 24 hrs
TOTAL 100 hours

Program Costs

Amount due at Registration:

Registration fee $ 175.00
Mandatory liability insurance $ 5.00
Student accident insurance $ 1.25
TOTAL $ 181.25
  • Textbooks are required and available before the scheduled Orientation date. Because of price varia- tions from year to year, textbook prices are not listed.
  • Lab coat is required when visiting a Physical Therapy Department if applicable.

Student Admission Requirements

  • 18 years old or older
  • US issued high school diploma or GED
  • Photo ID and Social Security Card
  • Successful completion of Healthcare Readiness course
  • Documentation of the student eligibility information

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Current active status on the registry as a Nurse Aide I or II
  • No reports of abuse or neglect by the certificating registries.

Program Completion Requirement

  • Attend at least 85% of the class
  • Maintain a course average of 75% or above
  • Satisfactorily complete final written exam and lab practical