Professional Development

Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist

What does a Physical Therapy Aide do?

Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialists are responsible for directly supporting Physical Therapists, which includes assisting with patient exercises, documentation, and clerical responsibilities. Ideal candidates for this program are motivated, organized individuals who work well in a team setting, are detail-oriented, and are able to multitask while delivering exceptional patient care.

Students who complete the Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist program will be prepared to assist members of physical therapy teams, readying spaces for patient treatment, monitoring equipment and supplies, as well as various administrative duties.

Where Can You Work?

Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialists work in a variety of healthcare settings, including rehabilitation units, physical therapy offices, skilled nursing facilities, and fitness centers. The daily role of a Physical Therapy Aide will include setting up treatment areas, preparing hot and cold packs, sanitizing equipment, and assisting with patient intake and documentation.


18 Weeks


Training Materials Provided



Physical Therapy Aide


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this program, you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Understanding of patient preparation, including transfers and positioning
  • Comprehension of appropriate exercises, as well as heat and cold modalities
  • Knowledge and maintenance of PT equipment
  • Identifying safety risks, policies, and procedures
  • Performing administrative tasks and required documentation

Courses - 18 Weeks

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Physical Therapy Aide Job Possibilities

Physical Therapy Aide


$27,000 – $46,000

Rehabilitation Aide


$30,000 – $45,000

Physical Therapy Assistant


$49,000 – $60,000

Certification Information

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification (PTTC) exam and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam. Earning these national certifications demonstrates to future employers that you have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully as a Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist.


Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification

The PTCC exam shows that you have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully as a Physical Therapy Aide and Administration Specialist.


Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certificate helps you gain the skills to provide administrative support in a medical setting. Demonstrate your expertise in the field and become qualified for a number of administrative duties, as well as direct contact with patients in clinical settings.

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Payment Options

Credit Card

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option.


Short-term Loan

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Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


How long does it take to become a Physical Therapy Aide and Administrative Specialist?

You will complete the courses in this program over 18 weeks, making students job-ready in 5 months. The program is flexible, allowing for assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.

Do these courses count for college credit?

No, these courses do not count for college credit

Is the Physical Therapy Aide and Administrative Specialist training program online?

Yes, our training program is fully online and asynchronous.