Diploma in Physical Therapy Aide

This free online course will teach you about the treatments and equipment used with physical therapy patients.

Free Course
Learn how to help patients improve their mobility and manage pain and other chronic conditions with this free online physical therapy (PT) aide course. PT is also vital for those recovering from injury, and preventing chronic disorders. A physical therapist plays an important role in the recovery of patients and requires a lot of specialist knowledge and skills. This course will give you a great boost towards learning what you need to know.
  • Duration

    5-6 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive

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This free online course will first discuss the history of physical therapy and the difference between a physical therapist and a physical therapy aide. You will look into career opportunities, the skill sets required, and the day to day work of a physical therapist and therapy aide. You will learn about medical technology, the general equipment used in physical therapy, and what Orthotics is used for. You will also study the treatments for common medical disorders including elbow ROM and different forms of modality such as ice massages.

You will then study the basic structure and function of the human body including the different types of muscle tissue, common cardiopulmonary pathologies, and the difference between the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The course will teach you correct turning and positioning of the patient including tips for lifting and methods for scooting transfers. You will also learn about pressure ulcers and bed mobility. Finally, you will study therapeutic exercise techniques, agents, and modalities ranging from the use of crutches to hydrotherapy.

This Diploma in Physical Therapy Aide course will teach you the most desirable traits and the day to day work of a therapy aide. By learning the different methods for transferring a patient to and from chairs, beds, and wheelchairs, you will ensure that you keep yourself and your patients away from injury. The different therapeutic exercises taught in this course will help your patients gain complete recovery. So start learning today and bring your professional ability to the next level.

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Module 1 Introduction to Physical Therapy

Module 2 Career Opportunities and Skill Sets

Module 3 Medical Terminology

Module 4 Treatment of Common Medical Disorders

Module 5 First Assessment

Module 6 Basic Structure and Function of the Human Body

Module 7 Turning and Positioning the Patient

Module 8 Therapeutic Exercises, Agents and Modalities

Module 9 Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of Physical Therapy
  • List the different facilities a physical therapy aide can work in
  • Explain the terms for positions and orientation of the patient and describe those positions
  • Identify the range of motion for different joints in the body
  • Describe neurological illnesses that physical therapy can help alleviate
  • Discuss different methods for transferring a patient to and from chairs, beds, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Identify equipment for assisting with gait training
  • Identify the correct body mechanics for lifting activities


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Diplomas for completed Diploma courses:

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