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Rehabilitation Therapy Technician - Certificate

Rehabilitation Therapy Technician - Certificate

Our Rehabilitation Therapy Technician Certificate Program is the first step to becoming a certified rehabilitation therapy technician. A rehab therapy technician (also known as a rehabilitation therapy aide or RTT) is a vital part of any rehabilitation clinic. Rehab therapy technicians work under the supervision of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physicians, or other licensed rehabilitation professionals. Rehab techs provide support, training, and treatment to patients who are recovering from an injury or are adapting to trauma or disability. Technicians also perform paperwork, clean therapy equipment, and schedule appointments. If working with patients to manage their mobility and maintaining the functions of an office environment sounds like something you would enjoy, an education from The College of Health Care Professions is your first step.

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Learn more about becoming a Rehabilitation Therapy Technician with CHCP's Certificate Program!

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Program Details

Program Length

On-Campus: 36 weeks

Available Locations

Houston - Southwest
Courses
Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule VModule VIModule VIIModule VIII

Master Student/Study Skills

MSS130

Students will become familiar with basic study and learning skills to include learning styles, goal setting, memorization techniques, reading comprehension, note taking, test taking, critical thinking, effective communication diversity, and technology. Prerequisite: None

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours8hr.
Credits0.5 

HIPAA/ OSHA /Infection Control

HIP 130

Students will learn about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This course will identify rights for individuals and the processes that health care providers must implement to support individual rights. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the rules for the use and disclosure of information. Students will learn about transmission of disease, hand washing techniques and gloving. This course will ensure that students are aware of biohazards and airborne pathogens, including infection control procedures and laboratory safety. Students must demonstrate infection control procedures and laboratory safety. Prerequisite: None

Lecture10hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours10hr.
Credits0.5 

Overview of Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology

OAPT130

Students will learn and Identify basic structures, functions and dysfunctions of the body, as well as medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols that are necessary tools for building a medical vocabulary. This course covers general treatment of the sensory, skeletal and muscular, nervous, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, Circulatory, Urinary and reproductive, and integumentary systems. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Anatomy and Physiology for Rehabilitation Therapy Technicians

RTT 301

Students will learn the structure and function of the human body with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, muscle origins, insertions, actions as they relate in the kinematic chain. Axial/Appendicular Skeleton are reviewed. Research Assignment 1 – Career Service Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours80hr.
Credits4 

Pharmacology

RTT 302

Students will learn classification of drugs, their actions, side effects and/or adverse reactions. This course introduces sources and forms of drugs, drug classifications, drug effects on the body systems, and basic concept of administration and calculation of dosages. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours16hr.
Credits1 

Introduction to Rehabilitation Services and Dynamics

RTT 303

Students will learn to define members of healthcare team, job duties and responsibilities, that pertain to all disciplines (PT, OT, & SLP) as well as professional conduct. Medical abbreviations and the structure of the components of words are also studied. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture32hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits2 

Theory and Lab for Rehabilitation Therapy Technicians

RTT 304

Students will learn the rational and physiological interventions of modalities applied to soft tissue injuries in their various stages of repair along with indications and contraindications. Ultrasound, electrical stimulations, various massage and therapeutic techniques, therapeutic exercises, heat and cold applications accompanied by Range of Motion and Set ups are presented in lecture as well as hands on application. Research Assignment 2 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory48hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits2.5 

Psychology of Behavior Change and Life Span Development

RTT 305

This course is designed to cover diverse concepts associated with being a Rehabilitation Therapy Technician. These include but not limited to personality, behavior change, exercise adherence, motivational strategies, lifespan development and effective communication. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture32hr.
Laboratory32hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits3 

Nutrition Overall Wellness

RTT 306

This course covers the wellness and nutrition aspects to health and fitness. It is designed to provide the student with a sound wellness background so that their decisions may be made concerning all aspects of health and fitness. In addition, students will learn how nutrition can preclude certain diseases and ailments. Specific wellness and nutritional techniques used to improve health and fitness performance are addressed. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture24hr.
Laboratory8hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits1.5 

Therapeutic Standards

RTT 307

Students will learn body mechanics, transfers, ambulation with assistive devices. Students will also learn draping techniques are discussed. Research Assignment 3 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory48hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours64hr.
Credits2.5 

CPR, First Aid and Vital Signs

RTT 308

Students will learn how to administer first aid in non-life threatening emergencies; students will also learn procedures for activating the emergency medical system and providing CPR. Students will also learn the measurements of basic vital signs; students will have the opportunity to obtain vital sign in a lab setting. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture8hr.
Laboratory24hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours32hr.
Credits1 

Medical Law & Ethics for Rehabilitation Therapy Technicians

RTT 309

Students learn how ethical codes and the governing of the medical practice, how certification/licensure is granted and/or revoked, patient confidentiality and medical liability and negligence. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory8hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours24hr.
Credits1 

Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation Therapy Technician

RTT 310

Students will learn diseases, disorders and deformities that are related to all disciplines (PT, OT SLP), with an emphasis on neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Treatment and Therapeutic interventions are performed and also discussed. Research Assignment 4 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory24hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours72hr.
Credits3.5 

Sports Injury Management

RTT 311

Students will learn various mechanisms associated with specific athletic injuries and the considerations for prevention. Assessment and rehabilitation are presented in particular body areas with consideration to soft tissue, neurological and bony complications. This course will also introduce students to understand the basic principles of kinesio-taping, ace wrapping and splinting. Research Assignment 5 – Career Services Project. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory40hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours56hr.
Credits2 

Prosthetics and Orthotics in Rehabilitation

RTT 312

This course is an introduction for the student to understand basic principles of prosthetic-orthotics. As a member of the rehabilitation care team students will learn how individuals with disabilities increase their functional abilities by using prosthetic (replacement) or orthotics (support) devices. Students will also learn proper body mechanics, transfers, application of orthotics, and the different types of ambulation with assistive devices. Prerequisite: Module I

Lecture16hr.
Laboratory24hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours40hr.
Credits1.5 

Customer Service/Professionalism and Career Preparation

CSP201

This course will teach the student about professionalism, including work-place behaviors that result in positive business relationships. Students will learn goal-setting, stress-management, time-management, professional dress, etiquette, diversity in the work place relationships, excellent customer service, communication at work, conflict management, job search skills, building resumes, and interview techniques. Prerequisite: Module I - VII

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory18hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits2.5 

Cert Prep for Rehabilitation therapy technician

RTT 313

Certification Prep allows the student to review for a national registry exam. This is done by using review material and the use of practice exam that covers all areas of the exam. Student will complete exam application and take certification exam. Prerequisite: Module I - VII

Lecture15hr.
Laboratory15hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours30hr.
Credits1.5 

Rehabilitation Therapy Technician Externship

RTX300

Students will be able to apply in a practical setting the professional skills learned in the classroom, as a Rehabilitation Therapy Technician. Prerequisite: All Previous Courses

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship180hr.
Total Hours180hr.
Credits4 

About The Program

CHCP’s Rehabilitation Therapy Technician Certificate is meant to prepare you to enter the workforce as a knowledgeable and competent rehab therapy tech. We do this by training you in therapeutic standards of care as well as emphasizing professional communication with patients and other medical personnel. In addition to the lectures taught in our school, our Rehabilitation Therapy Technician Program includes laboratory exercises and an externship.

What Skills Will I Learn?

Upon graduation from CHCP’s Rehabilitation Therapy Technician Certificate Program, you will be proficient in the following skills:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Introduction to rehabilitation services & dynamics
  • Theory & lab for rehabilitation therapy
  • Psychology of behavior change and life span development
  • Nutrition and overall wellness
  • Therapeutic standards
  • CPR, first aid, and vital signs
  • Medical law & ethics for rehabilitation therapy
  • Pathophysiology for rehabilitation therapy
  • Sports injury management
  • Rehabilitation therapy for prosthetics and orthotics
  • Customer service and professionalism

Rehabilitation therapy technician jobs are expected to grow by 26% from 2018 to 2028, and the need for Rehab Tech is even higher with a projected growth of 31%. This growth is significantly faster than the average of all other occupations. Growth is likely due to an increased acknowledgment of the poor movement and physical health care needs of older persons and persons living with chronic conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. To learn more about rehabilitation therapy technician salary and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When you are ready to graduate from The College of Health Care Professions, we will be there to help with career placement, resume writing, and interview tips. To learn more, visit our Career Services page.

What Career Options Are Available?

Once you are certified, you can work as a rehabilitation therapy technician in any of the following environments:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Long-term acute care facilities
  • Hospitals/Inpatient rehab setting
  • Chiropractic clinics
  • Physician offices

If you are ready to enroll or want to receive more information on enrolling, simply fill out the form. Someone will contact you soon about enrolling in The College of Health Care Professions.

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How Do I Enroll?

Enrollment in our Rehabilitation Therapy Technician Certificate Program is easy. We ask that you meet the following requirements before enrolling:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • The ability to read and write in English
  • Pass the Scholastic Level Exam with a minimum score of 12
  • Be well-coordinated, neat, professional, and able to lift 40 pounds

 

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