Physical Therapy Assistant

What Does a Physical Therapy Assistant Do?

Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) provide physical therapy under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist to help patients regain range of motion and movement after an injury or illness. PTAs work with a prescribed series of exercises to assist the patient in achieving goals to regain physical ability. They help set up equipment that facilitates the patient’s treatment, including weights, rollers, bicycles, exercise balls, and more. An upbeat personality and a desire to care for others is important to help reinforce hope and encouragement to the patient. Physical stamina is also needed, to assist patients with the exercise regimen.

PTAs work in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, home visits, nursing and rehabilitation centers.

Requirements

  • Associate’s degree from an accredited PTA program, technical, or community college
  • Licensure by the state

Tip

As the population ages and continues to live active lifestyles, the demand for Physical Therapy Assistants is increasing, making it one of the most desired careers at this time.

Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field will increase by approximately 26% between 2018 and 2028.

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