Program Learning Outcomes

The East Los Angeles Physical Therapy Aide Certificate of Achievement program will provide students with the education, training, and hands on experience needed to enter into the physical therapy (PT) field. This certification is an entry level program designed for students interested in the field. The PT aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients. Under the direction of the physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, an aide will provide services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. The physical therapy aide may be employed in a variety of settings including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home care agencies, outpatient clinics, community health centers, and sports medicine clinics.

After the completion of all required courses, students will:

  1. Explain the role and responsibility of the physical therapy aide
  2. Assist with specific treatments under a therapist’s supervision
  3. Assist with administrative tasks when required
  4. Safely transfer and transport patients, clients, and students
  5. Assist with housekeeping activities
  6. Assist with general treatment procedures
  7. Apply job-keeping skills
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of therapeutic agents, materials, and equipment
  9. Perform routine maintenance of equipment

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree, should meet with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.

Important Notice: In the event of a discrepancy between the information presented above and the online and/or print versions of the ELAC Catalog, please contact the Kinesiology Department.

Required Core Courses

Kin Major 125 – Introduction to Physical Therapy Aide (3)
This course does not transfer to UC:CSU
This comprehensive introduction to Physical Therapy Aide course prepares students for the growing field of Physical Therapy. This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary for gaining employment as a Physical Therapy Aide in environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, private practices, rehabilitation centers, and sports medicine clinics. Students learn how to prepare treatment areas, transport patients, and complete administrative tasks.

Kin Major 116 - Introduction to Exercise Physiology (3) CSU
This course examines how the body functions under conditions of exercise stress. It covers the fundamentals of human movement and anatomy, the practical applications of muscle function, cardio-respiratory testing and functions, principles of exercise, training techniques, energy metabolism, and the effect of environmental conditions on exercise.

Kin Major 128 – Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3) UC:CSU
This course teaches the principles, techniques, and ethics used by the athletic trainer in the care and prevention of athletic injuries. The scope of this class includes identification of common athletic injuries, their causes and preventative measures, first aid treatment, and associated follow-up care.

Health 12 - Safety Education and First Aid (3) UC:CSU
This course covers the theory and detailed demonstration of first aid care of the injured. Students learn to assess a victim’s condition and incorporate proper treatment. Standard first aid, CPR, and AED certification(s) are granted upon successful completion of course requirements.

Kin Major 115 - Techniques of Instruction- Strength Training (1.5) CSU
This course covers how to teach a variety of strength training techniques and activities to individuals and groups. It studies methods to teaching strength training, equipment, safety factors, principles of strength training, speed and agility training, and basic anatomy and physiology as it applies to strength training. It includes the development of strength training exercises for each body part and program designs.

Hlthocc 062 - Skill Set for the Health Care Professional (2) CSU
This course is an introduction of the concepts and skills that serve as a foundation for the health care professions. Topics include hygiene and safety, infection control, basic client monitoring and basic first aid, therapeutic communication, and basic health documentation.

Hlthocc 063 - Basic Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Health Care Professional (2) CSU
This basic medical language course discusses common diseases and injuries and their pharmacological treatment using medical terminology in English and Spanish, when appropriate.

Hlthocc 065 - Fundamentals for the Health Care Professional (2.5) CSU
This course explores career options in the health care industry, healthy behavior for health care workers, work ethics, professional resumes and interviewing skills, and personality traits of a health care professional. Students participate in an externship during which area employers introduce students to direct and indirect patient care opportunities.

Health 049 – Basic Life Support (BLS) Skills Certification (1)
This course does not transfer to UC:CSU
This course covers the content of the American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS)for Healthcare Providers. Students learn how to provide care for individuals who are experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, or airway obstruction. BLS includes psychomotor skills for performing high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adults, children, and infants, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Providers certificate of completion.

Kin Major 131- Kinesiology Internship Experience (1) CSU
This course provides Kinesiology students a structured internship and opportunity for employment off-campus under the supervision of a faculty member within the Kinesiology Department. Internships enable students to develop an understanding and working knowledge of actual operations, events, planning, and management within the career fields of Kinesiology. The internship experience is an essential component in a student's course of study designed to facilitate the integration of theoretical, applied, and academic subject matter in the field.