Class Overview

Train for a new career as a physical therapy aide or a medical office professional, a growing field.

What does a physical therapy aide do?

Physical therapy aides work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to prepare patients for their therapy sessions and support administrative functions. They also:

  • Prepare equipment for patient treatments
  • Relieve the therapist to perform professional duties
  • Maintain order and cleanliness throughout the facility
  • Assist the therapist in selected procedures
  • Aid in moving patients
  • Organize the work area and disinfect treatment area
  • Perform clerical duties such as taking inventory and answering the phone
  • Assist patients with paperwork when necessary

What Will I Learn in this Course?

Ths online training program covers:

  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Duties of a physical therapy aide
  • Interacting with patients
  • Documentation and reimbursement
  • Anatomy and pathophysiology
  • Preparing patients for physical therapy
  • Treating physical dysfunctions
  • And more

The curriculum includes images, exercises, lessons, learning games, and highly interactive instructional simulations to increase your understanding of key concepts and help you learn the material so you can earn your physical therapist aide certification.

Career Benefits

The healthcare industry is growing rapidly and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the number of jobs available for physical therapy aides will increase by 30% by 2026.

Benefits of this career path include:

  • Work in a field that focuses on helping people and making a difference with their health every day.
  • Competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.
  • A foundation for seeking a higher degree in healthcare

More About the Program

This program prepares you to take the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS) exam offered through the National Career Certification Board (NCCB) and the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

This is an online course offered through our educational partners Career Step, who focuses on career training in healthcare.

The online format offers flexibility in learning accompanied by live, experienced, one-on-one instructor support whenever you need it.

Career Step Graduate Services provides one-on-one support to help you turn your education into a job.

This 395-hour course will take 4-6 months to complete.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the skills you need to work as a physical therapy aide
  • Gain the knowledge to pass the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS) exam and earn the credential after graduation.
  • Develop competency relevant to the career in topics including: computer fundamentals, healthcare structure and organization, the profession, patient interaction,  medical language, documentation, anatomy and pathophysiology, physical therapy modalities, treating common medical disorders and treating physical dysfunctions
  • Download the detailed learning objectives to learn more.


Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone interested in a career as a physical therapy aide or medical office professional
  • People looking for a pathway to employment in the medical field
  • Anyone wanting to prepare for the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist exam

Computer Specifications

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience.

We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (high speed/broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader


  • Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x/9.x, Firefox 3.x or Safari 4.x or greater (Mac only)
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack) or Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)

Session Details

  • Class ID: 8243
  • Instructor: Career Step Staff
  • When: Open enrollment & self-paced
  • Total Number of Hours: 395
  • Where: Online
  • Fee: $3,899
  • Additional Notes: The Career Step Physical Therapy Office Professional training program is 395 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. The course is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and you receive an initial 12-month period of enrollment to provide you the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for you.Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.