Certificate Program

Physical Therapy Aide

Gain in-demand skills and increase your earning power in the growing field of physical therapy. You’ll be responsible for preparing treatment areas, setting up equipment, and performing administrative tasks that contribute to success as a whole at your health care facility. If you have a passion for supporting people as they overcome physical challenges, this could be the right career for you! Earn your certificate and start working in as little as 18 weeks.

About the Physical Therapy Aide Certificate

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Course length

18 weeks

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Time commitment


hours per week

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Salary Range

$27 - $46K

(entry level)
Tuition - $4,000*

*You can pay as little as $267 per month. For full payment options and different financing plans, including interest rates from external lenders, please talk to our enrollment team.

Physical therapy aide and administration specialists work hand-in-hand with physical therapists to provide support to patients recovering from injuries, illnesses or surgeries. You’ll be responsible for preparing treatment areas, setting up equipment and performing supportive administrative tasks. Additionally, you’ll assist patients with exercises, ensuring that they are comfortable and safe as they take each small step on the path to recovery.

Pursuing a career as a physical therapy aide and administration specialist can be incredibly rewarding. You will get to work with patients one-on-one and see their progress over time thanks to your support. As a key member of each patient’s recovery process, you will be able to encourage and champion them as they make progress and improve over time.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Physical Therapy Technician/Aide Certification (PTTC) exam sponsored by the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association.


Physical Therapy Technician Certification (PTTC) by American Medical Certification Association (AMCA), Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA) by National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Did you know?

Job growth for physical therapy assistants and aides is expected at 24% between now and 2031, far exceeding the national average for all occupations at 5%.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Is This Physical Therapy Aide Certificate Right For Me? 

  • Are you a compassionate person who is capable of helping people who are dealing with physical pain?
  • Are you detail-oriented, organized and able to follow instructions carefully?
  • Are you dexterous and comfortable working with your hands to assist in providing treatment to patients?
  • Do you have strong interpersonal communication skills?
  • Do you have the physical stamina needed to be on your feet frequently?
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Potential Careers

Upon completing your certificate and earning your credential, you will be prepared for exciting new roles, such as:

  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician

This Program is a Great Fit For:

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Working Adults

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Aspiring Healthcare Professionals

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Recent High School Graduates

Why Regis College?

For nearly 100 years, Regis College has empowered students to succeed academically, serve, and lead. Certificate programs through the Wood Lavine Division of Professional Studies offer:

  • Icon of a check mark Self-paced coursework
  • Icon of a check mark Online learning formats
  • Icon of a check mark Reputable career credentials
  • Icon of a check mark Skills for in-demand jobs
  • Icon of a check mark Specialized knowledge
  • Icon of a check mark Potential for higher salary
  • Icon of a check mark Degree completion pathways
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"My two favorite parts of the course were, first, the simulations, which make you feel like you’re getting used to a new career. I also liked the go-at-your-own pace learning. It’s nice to know you can take a second, regroup, and try it all over again. For someone who’s going to school later in life, it was great."

Courtney Rosati
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"The certificate program taught me a lot about the physiology of the heart, more in-depth stuff I didn’t know. It gave me a better understanding of what I was looking at with the EKGs. I’m one of the more informed technicians at my current job because of this course."

James DeVogel
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Funding Options Are Available

The Wood Lavine Division of Professional Studies offers affordable and flexible pay-as-you-go options to make earning a professional certificate a reality for as many students as possible. Some certificate earners may even be eligible for tuition assistance through their employer.