This certification is ideal for those that want to gain entry into a career as a Physical Therapy Aide. The career outlook for this field is great as the projected job growth in this field is expected to be up to 29% by 2026 and there are an estimated 38,800 clinics in America providing physical therapy. Because knowledge of office administration is vital to the role of a Physical Therapy Aide, graduates will also be trained and prepared to attempt the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Most employers require Aides to have completed a career diploma program and/or have gained Physical Therapy Aide certification.
MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.
|MedCerts||Community College||Online College|
|Program & Tuition Cost||$4,000 average||Up to $20,000||$3,000 average|
|Exam Fees, Books & Materials||Included||Up to $750||Up to $750|
|Job Ready In||3–6 months||24–48 months||3–6 months|
|Schedule Flexibility||On-demand 24/7||Set class schedule||On-demand 24/7|
|Travel Requirements||None: 100% online||On-campus classrooms||None: 100% online|
|Student Support||Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access||Professors: scheduled office hours||Support inbox|
|Career Coaching||Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers||Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements||Exam-specific only|
|Content Delivery||3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning||Professor lectures||Varies: typically videos and presentations|
This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.
Physical Therapy Assistants assist physical therapists to help patients with disabling injuries or conditions improve their range of motion and manage their pain. They help patients learn exercises and teach them to use therapeutic equipment. They work in the office of a physical therapist or in a healthcare facility.
Physical Therapy Aides are allied professionals that are members of physical therapy support teams. They assist physical therapists and technicians to help patients with disabling injuries or conditions. They set up treatment areas and equipment, handle clerical tasks, and help move patients.
Rehabilitation Aide's assist a physical therapist and provide the best experience possible for patients receiving therapy. He/she prepares, cleans and maintains the work area as well as disinfect equipment after each use in preparation for the next patient.