Physical Therapy

Program Description

Physical therapy helps people from birth to the elderly, addressing developmental impairments to recovery of functional mobility. Physical therapy assists people with reaching their maximum level of health and function while managing their effects of injuries and other health problems. Treatment techniques may include therapeutic exercises, functional mobility, gait training, neuromuscular re-education, and pain management.

Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are health care providers. Therapy aides or technicians play a role in preparing the client or patient for their therapy session and maintenance of the clinic and equipment for safe use. Therapy aides are under the supervision of the PTs and PTAs. PTs supervise PTAs, aides and techs.

Physical Therapists, physical therapist assistants and therapy aides usually work in hospitals, home health agencies, sports and fitness facilities, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and schools.

The CTE program provides a hands-on experience. Students in the program will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Effective Communication & Customer Service
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Clinical Physical Therapy
  • Safety Practices
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Legal & Ethical Behavior
  • Theory & Skills Involving Specialized Tools

Business and Industry Partners

Harris Health System · Memorial Hermann Hospitals

College Partners

Houston Community College · Prairie View A&M University

Program of Study

Possible Career Pathways

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Prosthetist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Personal Trainer

*Median Pay Per Year

*$39,210 – $86,850
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

*The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median Pay Per Year range includes occupations listed on Bureau of Labor Statistics.

HS Endorsement: Public Service
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Health Science Medical Terminology Health Science (Clinical)
Anatomy and Physiology

Practicum in Health Science