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Career as Physical Therapy Assistant

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is an allied health professional that works closely with physical therapists (PTs) to provide rehabilitative care to patients. PTAs typically have an associate's degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution. They must pass a state-level licensure exam in order to practice.

PTAs work in a variety of settings, including doctor's offices, hospitals, care facilities, physical therapy offices, gyms, and health clubs. Their duties include documenting patient information, instructing and assisting patients, transporting patients, evaluating patients, administering therapy techniques such as sonic or massage therapy, and communicating treatment plans.

PTAs use their communication skills and people skills to build rapport with patients and motivate them to achieve their rehabilitation goals.

They also use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to understand how different exercises and therapies will impact the human body. PTAs must be able to lift patients and transport them safely to ensure a positive outcome for the patient.

Physical Therapist Assistant Career Profiles

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Last Updated: 4/8/24