Physical Therapy Assistant Career Guide

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Overview

A Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) is a vital member of the healthcare team, working under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to provide rehabilitative care to patients with various physical conditions. PTAs help patients regain mobility, manage pain and improve their overall quality of life through therapeutic exercises and interventions.

Essential Job Functions:

Physical Therapy Assistants play a crucial

Education

To become a Physical Therapy Assistant, individuals typically need to complete an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). These programs usually take about two years to complete and include both classroom instruction and clinical experience.

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Related certifications

After completing an accredited PTA program, candidates must obtain licensure or certification to practice in their respective states. This often includes passing the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for PTAs. Some states may have additional requirements, such as jurisprudence exams or background checks. Clinical experience gained during the educational program is valuable and may be considered when seeking

Skills

Successful Staff and Travel PTAs possess a blend of technical and interpersonal skills. They need a solid understanding of human anatomy, physiology and therapeutic techniques. PTAs must also have excellent communication and empathy to work effectively with patients, motivating them to achieve their rehabilitation goals. Strong observation skills and attention to detail are crucial for tracking patients' progress

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Responsibilities

Physical Therapy Assistants have multifaceted responsibilities. They assist with patient evaluations, implement treatment plans and document progress. PTAs may instruct patients in therapeutic exercises, stretches and mobility aids. They also collaborate with physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care. Patient education is a significant aspect of their role, as PTAs teach patients how to continue exercises and

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Physical Therapy Assistant
$1,137-1,749/week

The average salary for a Physical Therapy Assistant is $1,442.20 per week.

Last updated on July 17, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant offers several advantages. PTAs experience the satisfaction of helping patients regain function and independence, making a meaningful impact on their lives. The field provides job stability and a range of work settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers and home health. PTAs often enjoy a flexible work-life balance.

However, challenges exist in the profession. The role may

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Travel Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Salinas, CA
  • Talent4Health
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$2,348/week

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Travel Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Juneau, AK
  • Aequor Allied
  • 5x8 hrs

$2,322/week

Posted 8 days ago
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Travel Physical Therapy Assistant

  • walnut creek, CA
  • Access Healthcare Direct
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$2,288/week

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Posted 8 days ago
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Travel Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Lincoln City, OR
  • TotalMed Allied
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$2,268/week

Posted 13 days ago

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