Physical Therapy Aide

Train for a New Career as a Physical Therapy Aide and Make a Difference

When you train with {{$root.brand.brandName}} you can be prepared for a successful career as a physical therapy aide in just 4 months. 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.* The physical therapy aide career path offers several benefits:

  • Helping People — You can work in a field that focuses on helping people and making a difference with their health every day.
  • Competitive salaries and benefits — Physical therapy aides enjoy competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.
  • Roat to a higher degree — Those who are seeking a higher degree in physical therapy, such as a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant, can work in their chosen field as they pursue their training.

Choose our training for:

  • Certification preparation – Career Step’s Physical Therapy Aide Specialist program prepares you to take the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS) exam offered through the National Career Certification Board (NCCB).
  • Comprehensive support – Career Step offers you the flexibility of online training in addition to the assurance of live, experienced, one-on-one instructor support whenever you need it.
  • Placement help after graduation – Career Step Graduate Services provides one-on-one support to help you turn your physical therapy aide education into a job.

With our online Physical Therapy Aide training you’ll have the specialized training you need to excel in your new field. Call 1-877-225-7151 for more details.


Physical therapy aides work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to prepare patients for physical therapy and support administrative functions. They complete tasks such as the following:

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

The U.S. outpatient rehabilitation market, one of the largest segments of the physical therapy market, is part of the rapidly growing healthcare industry.* The need for physical therapists is not able to keep pace with demand, making room for more physical therapy aides. Employment for physical therapy aides is expected to grow by 30% by 2026, ensuring a high job placement rate.

Salaries for physical therapy aides vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the middle 50% of physical therapy aides earn between $21,800 and $30,800 a year.

Physical therapy aides are not required to be certified, however certification may help you get a job faster. Career Step graduates are prepared to take the Certified Physical Therapy Aide Specialist (CPTAS) exam offered through the National Career Certification Board (NCCB)—and you’ll even receive an exam voucher upon graduation (a $175 value).

Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares students to work as physical therapy aides. With Career Step, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job. With comprehensive training in patient interaction, documentation and reimbursement, anatomy and pathophysiology, patient preparation, and more, you’ll be ready to sit for the CPTAS exam immediately after graduation.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into physical therapy aide.

See what makes Career step different in our quick introduction.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a physical therapy aide.

The Career Step Physical Therapy Aide training program is 275 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.

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical coding and billing. Your enrollment includes:

  • Access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete library of industry standard codebooks
  • Access to 3M encoding software
  • Online access to the 3M reference library (includes over $1500 worth of references)
  • Technical support