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Become A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

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Working As A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

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

  • $46,247

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Do At The Arora Group

* Provide a full range of physical therapy assistant services, including the services given below, as directed by the supervising physical therapist.
* Carry out a program of corrective exercise and treatment for assigned patients, as directed by the head physical therapist.
* Under supervision, administer such treatment as exercise, gait training, massage, whirlpool, hot packs, diathermy, ultrasound, paraffin, ice packs and traction.
* Instruct patients on segments of the program including proper use of wheelchairs, crutches, braces, and prosthetic appliances and devices.
* Administer traction to relieve neck and back pain, using intermittent and static traction equipment.
* Instruct, motivate, and assist patients to learn and improve functional activities, such as preambulation, transfer, ambulation, and daily-living activities.
* Observe patients during treatments and compile and evaluate data on patients' responses to treatments and progress.
* Fit patients for, adjust, and train patients in the use and care of orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices.
* Confer with members of the physical therapy staff and other health team members, individually and in conference, to exchange, discuss, and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment programs.
* Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, filling out forms, scheduling patients, and staffing the reception area.
* Measure patient's range-of-joint motion, length and girth of body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of specific treatments or to assist physical therapist to compile data for patient evaluations

What Does A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Do At Liberty/Montgomery County Arc

* Provide Physical Therapy services to individuals in programs, in compliance with NYS, Federal, agency and department regulations.
* Provide training to agency personnel to include home and work sites
* Record and maintain individuals PT record in compliance with all state, local, federal regulations and agency policy.
* Participate in team meetings and surveys as part of individuals overall plan of care.
* Communication that is appropriate, accurate and timely.
* Pursue personal/professional development and attend mandated agency training as required.
* Monitor all adaptive equipment and schedule repairs or replacement as needed for wheelchairs, walkers and orthotics

What Does A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Do At Northwell Health

* Administers direct patient care in accordance with the written and signed prescription of the referring physician or other State authorized practitioner, as directed.
* Submits required documentation in accordance with the policies and procedures of the department.
* Maintains progress notes and discharge summaries of assigned patients.
* Responds appropriately to established department emergency procedures for patient safety and care when necessary
* Participates in quality improvement chart reviews and activities.
* May attend family meetings/conferences pertaining to the welfare and management of assigned patients

What Does A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Do At Feather River Hospital

* Evaluates and treats Physical Therapy patients with a level of skill and compassion that is in accord with the mission of Feather River Hospital and Rehabilitation Services.
* Under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist provides Physical Therapy treatment programs and protocols.
* Assures that clinical skills are maintained at the highest possible level by keeping up to date with continuing education.
* May also serve as a resource to assist with other aspects of the Physical Therapy Department.
* Assists in set-up and monitoring of specialty equipment.
* Instructs patients in the care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, prosthetic and orthotic devices

What Does A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Do At Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center

* Participates with the treatment team in the development, implementation, assessment, and documentation of individualized patient treatment plans under the direct supervision of a physical therapist.
* Patient Care: Provides treatment to patients in accordance with currently accepted clinical and program procedures
* Patient Care: Displays professional demeanor and exhibits interpersonal skills necessary to establish and maintain productive working relationships with patients, families, staff, and peers
* Professional Growth: Assumes personal responsibility for own professional growth through maintenance of education including facility mandatory training hours
* Safety: Contributes to maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment
* Program Development: Attends and actively participates in departmental, facility wide and programmatic meetings
* Student Program: Actively participates in student program
* Facilitates Quality Care: Participates in Lead teams and committees as assigned or interest arises
* Age appropriateness: Demonstrates competency of age related issues in the application of growth and development, rehabilitation, and physical therapy treatment standards
* Patient Safety Expectation
* Qualifications
* Skill, Knowledge and Abilities: Requires a thorough knowledge of human anatomy, philosophy, and the effect of treatment procedures on body function and structure.
* Knowledge of neuro-developmental treatment and motor control and understanding of neurological dysfunction and its effect on motor performance.

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How To Become A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

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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Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

  • Portuguese

  • Filipino

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • Gujarati

  • Persian

  • Bengali

  • Italian

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Real Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physical Therapy Assistant Cumberland Therapy Services, LLC New Castle, DE Jul 01, 2014 $67,055
Physical Therapy Assistant Cumberland Therapy Services, LLC Vallejo, CA Jul 21, 2014 $67,055
Physical Therapy Assistant Spectrum Home Care, Inc. Madison Heights, MI Oct 01, 2011 $57,500
Physical Therapy Assistant Ageonics Medical, P.C. New York, NY Sep 14, 2014 $52,175
Physical Therapy Assistant One Therapeutic Physical Therapy NY Jan 09, 2015 $45,000
Physical Therapy Assistant Medwin Family Medicine & Rehab. Brownsville, TX Feb 01, 2011 $44,120

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Top Skills for A Staff Physical Therapy Assistant


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Top Staff Physical Therapy Assistant Skills

  1. Physical Therapy Interventions
  2. Gait Training
  3. Direct Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed Physical Therapy interventions at Riverside Care Center as ordered by the on duty Physical Therapist.
  • Provided therapeutic exercises, activities and gait training to rehabilitate patients to their maximum functional ability.
  • Provide direct patient care under supervision of Physical Therapist.
  • Provided patients gentle restorative therapies and treatments including ultrasound therapy.
  • Job duties included acute care, wound care, and outpatient rehabilitation.

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