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Central Arizona Valley
Institute of Technology
physical therapists working on patients

Our Physical Therapy Program for 2025–2026

Program Highlights

  • Use sports-specific training, injury recognition, and physical therapy to prepare and rehabilitate the physically active.
  • Diagnose, prevent, and rehabilitate injuries by using advanced techniques while consulting and interacting with medical professionals.
  • Work with certified athletics trainers as well as fitness and healthcare professionals to assist with injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Career Focus

  • Upon successful completion of the one year course, students have the opportunity to test for CPR and OSHA healthcare industry certifications. In addition, students have the opportunity to earn Central Arizona College Allied Health college credit while attending the program at no cost if dual enrollment requirements are met.

Listing of Instructional Topics

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection Control and Safety
  • Joint Movements
  • Law and Ethics
  • Legal Issues
  • Medical Records
  • Medical Terminology
  • Patient Communication
  • Proper Mechanics and Gait
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Specialty Therapy

Physical Therapy Aide Entry Level Salary Range*

  • Hourly: $12.70–$17.34
  • Annual: $26,410–$36,260

*Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages

Related Career Pathways

  • Athletics Trainer*
  • Chiropractor*
  • Chiropractor Assistant*
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer*
  • Personal Trainer*
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Rehabilitation Specialist*
  • Wellness Consultant*

*with additional education in this field.