Physical Therapy Aide and Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Student practices helping a rehabbing person walk up and down the stairs.

  • This course is certified by
    New York State

    Interested in helping children, athletes and people with injuries? Physical therapy helps patients regain function and improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent permanent physical disabilities by restoring, maintaining and promoting overall fitness and health. This entry-level course will prepare students to become part of a rehabilitation team. Students will assist in performing patient positioning and range-of-motion exercises while developing an understanding of both applications. Students will learn theoretical concepts and practice skills, then move into a patient care setting where they will gain firsthand experience with patients and hone their skills.

    Therapy Aides-in-Training Will Learn:
    • How to treat many populations including children, athletes, the elderly and people with health-related conditions
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Medical terminology
    • How to measure vital signs
    • Range of motion exercises
    • Use of canes, crutches and walkers
    • Massage therapy
    • Hot packs/ice applications and sports medicine
    • Stretchers/strengthening exercises
    • Whirlpool therapy
    • Fitness, nutrition and weight control
    • Office duties
    Career Opportunities 

    Students who complete this course are eligible to obtain certificates of completion from Barry Tech and are employable as Physical Therapy Aides. Graduates will be prepared for employment as non-licensed workers, performing tasks under the supervision of professionals within a rehabilitation team and working closely with Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Chiropractors and Occupational Therapists.

    Physical therapy aides may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, sports medicine facilities, schools, home health agencies and nursing homes. Many graduates continue their education and pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy or other health-related service careers. Typical job titles in the field of physical therapy include Physical Therapy Aide, Rehabilitation Aide and Occupational Therapy Aide.

    Upon completion of the required training and exams, students will have the opportunity to be certified in CPR, Heart Saver/First Aid through the American Heart Association.

  • College agreements
    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:

    • Nassau Community College (These credits can be transferred to any college in attendance in the future.)
  • Physical Therapy Aide

    Work Experience Opportunities

    In this course, theory is applied in clinical affiliations with various healthcare institutions. Professionals from many rehabilitation disciplines deliver presentations that orient students to their individual roles. Students will gain hands-on experience in a hospital or private practice.

    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:

    • Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC)
    • North Shore Hospital
    • Private practices
    • Sports medicine facilities
    Physical Therapy Aide

  • Course available: Grades 11–12
    Course length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Admissions Criteria: Science background strongly recommended. Course may require heavy lifting.  
    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits using any or all of the following:
    0.5 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   Science
    1.0 credit   English
    0.5 credit   Health
    1.0 credit   Math–Specialized
    Note: This course requires students to wear uniforms and to complete physical exams before participating in clinical rotations.

    This course is certified by New York State
    This course supports 
    New York State CDOS Credential requirements

Health Services

Barry Tech Guidance Office

  • Barry Tech Guidance Office

    Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    (516) 622-6812/6814