Physical therapist assistants entering the profession need an associate’s degree from an accredited program. All states require physical therapist assistants to be licensed or certified. Physical therapist aides usually have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training.
All states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program. There were more than 300 associate’s degree programs for physical therapist assistants accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in 2015.
Programs typically last about 2 years. Classroom study includes courses in algebra, English, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. Assistants also gain hands-on experience during supervised clinical work. They may earn certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other first-aid skills.
Physical therapist aides typically have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They usually gain clinical experience through on-the-job training that can last from about a week to a month. Employers often prefer to hire applicants with computer skills.
All states require physical therapist assistants to be licensed or certified. Licensure typically requires graduation from an accredited physical therapist assistant program and passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapist assistants administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Some states require that applicants pass additional state-administered exams, undergo a criminal background check, and be at least 18 years old. Physical therapist assistants also may need to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Check with your state board for specific licensing requirements.
Physical therapist aides are not required to be licensed.
Compassion. Physical therapist assistants and aides should enjoy helping people. They work with people who are in pain, and they must have empathy to help their patients.
Detail oriented. Like other healthcare professionals, physical therapist assistants and aides should be organized and have a keen eye for detail. They must keep accurate records and follow written and verbal instructions carefully to ensure quality care.
Dexterity. Physical therapist assistants should be comfortable using their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. Aides should also be comfortable working with their hands to set up equipment and prepare treatment areas.
Interpersonal skills. Physical therapist assistants and aides spend much of their time interacting with clients, their families, and other healthcare practitioners; and therefore should be courteous and friendly.
Physical stamina. Physical therapist assistants and aides are frequently on their feet and moving as they work with their patients. They must often kneel, stoop, bend, and stand for long periods. They should enjoy physical activity.
What We Look for in a PT Aide
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Gary Guerriero PTPC||New York, NY||Mar 03, 2016||$48,001|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Gary Guerriero PTPC||New York, NY||Mar 03, 2014||$30,011 -
|Physical Therapy Aide||Lomita Health Management, Inc.||CA||Sep 09, 2015||$29,702|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Altman Physical Therapy Center||New York, NY||Oct 03, 2011||$29,218|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Lomita Health Management, Inc.||CA||May 19, 2009||$28,195|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Clackamas Sportscare, LLC||OR||Jan 10, 2016||$27,131|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Able Bodies Physical Therapy||Boston, MA||Sep 01, 2013||$24,794 -
|Physical Therapy Aide||San Luis Sports Therapy and Orthopedic Rehabilitat||Templeton, CA||Apr 01, 2014||$24,522|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Allied Rehab Services, Inc.||Torrance, CA||May 06, 2011||$24,209|
|Physical Therapy Aide||Allied Rehab Services, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Jun 03, 2010||$24,209|
Top Physical Therapy Aide Skills
Scheduling Appointments, Physical Therapy Equipment, Patient Treatment, Front Office, Treatment Room, Patient Care, Occupational Therapists, Proper USE, Functional Activities, Phone Calls, Insurance Companies, Front Desk, Patient Scheduling, Patient Charts, Manual Therapeutic Exercises, Treatment Areas, Customer Service, Patient Information, Patient Appointments, Electrical Stimulation
Top 10 Physical Therapy Aide Employers
Physical Therapy has a strong demand for Physical Therapy Aide candidates where they have hired the most Physical Therapy Aide candidates.
Overall, 10 firms have active listings for Physical Therapy Aide.
Physical Therapy, Professional Physical Therapy Services (PPTS), Progressive Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Associates, Advanced Physical Therapy of Fayette, LLC, Hands On Therapy, Sportscare of America, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers, Therapeutic Associates, Life Fitness Physical Therapy
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