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Become A Physical Therapy Technician

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Working As A Physical Therapy Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • $55,170

    Average Salary

What Does A Physical Therapy Technician Do

A Physical Therapy Technician assists with the planning and implementation of patient care. They help patients move, keep treatment areas organized and clean, and record patients' progress for therapists.

How To Become A Physical Therapy Technician

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.

Education and 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.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

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.

Important Qualities

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.

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155,496 Physical Therapy Technician jobs

The Highlands Veterinary Hospital
Sparta, NJ
Certified Veterinary Physical Therapy Technician

$55,170 Estimated

Crown Point, IN
Physical Therapy Technician (Clinical Assistant)

$55,170 Estimated

Livonia, MI
Physical Therapy Technician

$55,170 Estimated

Dearborn Heights, MI
Physical Therapy Technician

$55,170 Estimated

Universal Health Services
Washington, DC
Physical Therapy Tech - Physical Therapy (Full Time)

$52,330 Estimated

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Dayton, OH
Physical Therapy Technician

$55,170 Estimated

Community Health Systems
Springdale, AR
Physical Therapy Tech

$55,170 Estimated

Universal Health Services
Enid, OK

$55,170 Estimated

Advanced Physical Therapy & Rehab
Murfreesboro, TN
Physical Therapy Tech / internship / excercise science students

$84,020 Estimated

Integrity Rehab Group
Fayetteville, NC
Physical Therapy Technician

$55,170 Estimated

The Hughston Clinic
Phenix City, AL
Physical Therapy Tech- PRN

$55,170 Estimated

HCA, Hospital Corporation of America
Overland Park, KS
Physical Therapy Tech

$55,170 Estimated

Wellmont Health System
Bristol, TN
Physical Therapy Tech

$55,170 Estimated

Rochester Hills, MI
Physical Therapy Technician - Part Time

$55,170 Estimated

Southfield, MI
Physical Therapy Technician - Part Time

$55,170 Estimated

Garden City, MI
Physical Therapy Technician - Part Time

$55,170 Estimated

Integrity Rehab Group
Bentonville, AR
Physical Therapy Technician - Part Time

$55,170 Estimated

Unitypoint Health
Dubuque, IA
Physical Therapy Technician-Inpatient

$55,170 Estimated

Select Medical
Lebanon, KY
Physical Therapy Technician

$55,170 Estimated

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy
Oro Valley, AZ
Physical Therapy Technician - Oro Valley

$55,170 Estimated

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Top Skills for A Physical Therapy Technician


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Top Physical Therapy Technician Skills

  1. Assist Physical Therapist
  2. Ultrasound Therapy
  3. Electrical Stimulation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist Physical Therapist during various stages of patient care and physical rehabilitation.
  • Performed ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation, and cervical traction to help maximize the patient's experience in attending rehab.
  • Perform ultrasound and electrical stimulation on prescribed patients in order to improve their symptoms.
  • Used problem solving skills to ensure and quality patient care is received.
  • Transported patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or provided support.

Top Physical Therapy Technician Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Physical Therapy Technician

  1. Physical Therapy
  2. Physiotherapy Associates
  3. Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
  4. Accelerated Rehabilitation Center
  5. Foothills Sports Medicine
  6. Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists
  7. Campbell Clinic
  8. Dupage Medical Group
  9. Peak Physical Therapy
  10. Premier Physical Therapy
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