Health & Wellness

Rehabilitation Therapy Aide


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About the Rehabilitation Therapy Aide Program

Rehabilitation Therapy aims to retain, restore, or enhance patients’ functional abilities and quality of life. Rehabilitation Therapy Aides work with those with physical impairments, disabilities, or injuries. Our Rehabilitation Therapy Aide Certificate program introduces you to the rehabilitation therapy field, including occupational, physical, and speech therapy. You will explore the history; ethics, and common muscular anatomy, diagnoses and associated precautions, and body mechanics and movement terms used in this health care field.

Santa Monica College’s noncredit, no-cost Rehabilitation Therapy Aide Certificate program offers clinical hands-on practice with specialized equipment, machines, tools, and technology. This program teaches you how to implement treatments designed to help patients improve or regain strength, range of motion, sensory capabilities, mental capabilities and more.

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Certificates of Completion

Rehabilitation Therapy Aide

Career development/Noncredit

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The Certificate of Completion introduces students to the field and practice of rehabilitation therapy, including occupational, physical and speech therapy. Students learn the essential job duties and responsibilities of a Rehabilitation Aide and experience clinical hands-on practice with the equipment, machines, and tools. The students explore the history, ethics and common muscular anatomy, diagnoses, and associated precautions, and body mechanic and movement terms used in these health care fields.

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