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Physical Therapy Online An education in physical therapy can be obtained from an accredited online school or college. With an online career in physical therapy you can choose to work toward a diploma, certificate, associates, bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree. There are many areas of physical therapy including occupational therapy and rehabilitation therapy, which can lead to employment in hospitals, clinics, and many other health care related facilities.

Physical therapy is a form of treatment used to restore a person's mental or physical condition after an accident, or other traumatic event. Physical and occupational therapists and aides use exercise, manipulation, and other treatments to help people repair their condition. Online health care training can provide students with the proper knowledge and skills necessary to work with a variety of people and conditions in the world of physical therapy.


Occupational Therapy Online

Occupational therapists are responsible for working with clients in order to help them recover skills lost to an injury or disability. With an online degree you can become a licensed occupational therapist by studying psychology, physical and behavioral science, biology, and more. Students need to pass a state or national licensing exam after obtaining their degree in order to become a licensed occupational therapist. You can train online to become an occupational therapist assistant, occupational therapist aide, or an occupation therapist, with the opportunity to work in hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, and more.

Physical Therapy Aide Online

With an online certificate physical therapy aides will be able to find a career working in rehabilitation centers, physical therapist's offices, nursing homes, hospitals and more. Students will learn duties like how to transfer patients, read patient charts, apply heat or cold properly, assist patients in exercising and ambulation, and observe and report changes in patient's condition to their physical therapist. Coursework for those attending an online program includes physical therapy, exercise, human growth and development, anatomy, and much more. Accredited online schools and colleges that offer physical therapy aide training can provide all the necessary skills for a great career in the health care field, but some hands on training may also be needed.

Rehabilitation Therapy Online

With an online education in rehabilitation therapy you will obtain the knowledge and understanding of physical therapy techniques and how to implement them to improve the lives of your clients. Online courses cover a range of subjects including physical and mental disabilities, anatomy, behavioral science and physical sciences, and many other related areas of study. Rehabilitation therapists can find employment in hospitals, mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, state agencies, and many others. Accredited programs are available from various online schools and colleges, but some may require hands on training in order to fully learn the necessary skills.


Accreditation is an important part of finding the right online school or college for your career goals, because it can provide you with the proof that your degree will be accepted by future employers. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is just one of the accreditation agencies available to assist you in finding the best educational program.


Choose a program from the above menu to find more information on a career in the physical therapy field. Contact several schools and colleges today and request more information about the programs of interest to you.

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