Bronx, NY – Bronx Community College’s new Physical Therapy Aide course offers growth potential for prospective students who are looking for career path opportunities. Potential students should possess a willingness to learn, a desire to help people, and a nurturing quality that would be welcome in any medical facility.
Physical therapy is the provision of services for people of all ages to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability when movement and function are threatened by injury and disease.
BCC’s Physical Therapy Aide course gives students an introduction to basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology they might be exposed to in a job situation, and hands-on skills such as how to take blood pressure and how to teach a patient to properly use a cane or crutches.
“Facilities all over the tri-state area need physical therapist aides to help physical therapists carry out simple tasks to leave more time for the licensed Physical Therapist (PT) to do his or her job,” states Dr. Janette D. Peña who is currently teaching BCC’s first class. Physical therapist aides are in demand in clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals.
BCC’s Physical Therapy Aide course is a 65-hour program, given over ten weeks, 45 classroom and 20 hands-on internship hours.
“We cover anatomy, Physical Therapy Modalities or tools, how to take blood pressure, proper use of canes and crutches, medical terminology and documentation,” states Dr. Peña. Students are instructed on The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws — federal laws created to protect patient privacy such as, needing signed releases to release medical records, and refraining from speaking to individuals other than the patient about the patient’s medical record.
After completion of the program, students will take a final exam and receive a certificate. What does a graduate have to do to get to the next level?
“Simply apply for a PT Aide position or continue with more courses for an advanced degree,” adds Dr Peña. “Students can utilize certification as a Physical Therapy Aide to enter other programs and continue their education in other avenues of the medical field. The sky is the limit.”
“Employment salaries range from a minimum wage to $20 an hour depending on the experience, capabilities and duties of the individual,” adds Dr. Peña. “We expect our initial class will be employed before the class ends this summer.”
For more information, please call BCC Continuing & Professional Studies Program (718) 289-5170.
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