• Welcome to Physical Therapy Aide
    and Rehabilitation Medicine 

    Dr. Michelle Fattore 
    Email address: mfattore@nasboces.org 
     Off to clinic
    Physical therapy aides help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries, regain movement and manage pain.  They work under the supervision of doctors of physical therapy and physical therapy assistants.  The other closely related professions are explored in this program, such as occupational therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic trainers and medical doctors.
    With such variety of job settings and being able to work with populations such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics and athletes, it's no wonder why it's one of the fastest growing health professions. 
    Employment of physical therapist aides is expected to increase 43 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm

Therapy aides-in-training will learn:

    • anatomy and physiology
    •  treatment of injuries and diseases, including working with children and athletes
    • exploration of many related professions in the rehabilitation field, such as massage, acupuncture, occupational therapy, chiropractic, athletic trainer
    • medical terminology and charting patient records
    • measuring vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure
    • range of motion exercises and stretches
    • use of canes, crutches and walkers
    • an introduction to massage therapy
    • hot packs and ice applications
    • stretches and strengthening exercises
    • whirlpool therapy, paraffin wax treatments, traction, muscle stimulation and ultrasound
    • office duties
    • fitness, nutrition and weight control
    • CPR and First Aid Certification
    • many other topics...

    A clinical experience is also included in the first and second year program.  Students are required to wear uniforms and complete physical exams before participating in clinical rotations.


  • Dr. Michelle Fattore

    Dr. Fattore has been teaching this course since 2004.   Dr. Fattore completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Oneonta in 1996 and received her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in 2000.   Dr. Fattore has National Board Certification in Physiotherapy and she is a trainer for the American Heart Association, where students can get certification in first aid and CPR.