The Essential Guide to the Physical Therapy Aide (COS)

This textbook has been designed to be an introductory training to the entry-level position, Physical Therapy Aide. As part of College of the Sequoias Physical Therapy Aide program, this textbook was used alongside hands-on lab training to train students to work as Physical Therapy Aides. It discusses some of the history and current context of Physical Therapy, provides instruction on common PT Aide job activities (like modalities and transfers), introduces general physiology, reviews commonly-used medical terminology, and, in an effort to embed necessary remediation for the PT Aide program, also includes effective career skills and habits, like business letter writing, resumes, effective communication skills, and appropriate workplace conduct.
Primary Material Type:
Open Textbook
College of the Sequoias
Project Name:
Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change (C6)
Funding Source:
Physical Therapy Aide, COS

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
College of the Sequoias
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations -- Physical Therapists (29-1123)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Other
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Custom Quality Rubric
Course Note:
Physical Therapy Aide

Copyright / Licensing

Copyright Owner:
Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change (C6)
Primary License:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.