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Working As A Therapy Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $26,100

    Average Salary

What Does A Therapy Aide Do

Physical therapist assistants, sometimes called PTAs, and physical therapist aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Physical therapist assistants are involved in the direct care of patients. Physical therapist aides often do tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, such as cleaning and setting up the treatment area, moving patients, and performing clerical duties.

Duties

Physical therapist assistants typically do the following:

  • Observe patients before, during, and after therapy, noting patient status and reporting it to a physical therapist
  • Help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care
  • Treat patients using a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching
  • Use devices and equipment, such as walkers, to help patients
  • Educate a patient and family members about what to do after treatment

Physical therapist aides typically do the following:

  • Clean treatment areas and set up therapy equipment
  • Wash linens
  • Help patients move to or from a therapy area
  • Do clerical tasks, such as answering phones and scheduling patients

Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists provide care to patients. Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, they treat patients through exercise, massage, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Physical therapist assistants record patients’ progress and report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist.

Physical therapist aides work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. They usually are responsible for keeping the treatment area clean and organized, and preparing for each patient's therapy. They also help patients who need assistance moving to or from a treatment area. In addition, aides do a variety of clerical tasks, such as ordering supplies, scheduling treatment sessions, and filling out insurance forms. The types of tasks that physical therapist aides are allowed to perform vary by state. Contact your state licensing board for more information.

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How To Become A Therapy Aide

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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Therapy Aide Career Paths

Therapy Aide
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Assistant Director Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapy Aide Massage Therapist Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Program Manager Deputy Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Assistant Director
Director
8 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapy Aide Physical Therapist
Director Of Rehabilitation
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Instructor Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Clinical Coordinator Program Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Counselor Service Coordinator Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapist Assistant Physical Therapist
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Occupational Therapist
Therapy Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Account Manager District Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Physical Therapist Assistant Massage Therapist Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Restorative Aide 3.1 years
Therapy Aide 3.0 years
Rehab Technician 2.4 years
Service Aide 2.4 years
Rehab Aide 2.2 years
Therapy Technician 2.1 years
Aide 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.2%
Cashier 8.4%
Volunteer 7.8%
Nanny 3.9%
Assistant 2.8%
Top Employers After
Volunteer 5.3%
Cashier 4.4%
Internship 3.8%
Server 3.2%

Therapy Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

71.8%

Male

26.7%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

79.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.0%

Korean

8.1%

Arabic

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

French

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Italian

2.7%
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Therapy Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Kean University

6.8%

Temple University

6.8%

California State University - Los Angeles

6.8%

University of the Sciences

5.7%

University of Southern California

5.7%

Madison Area Technical College

5.7%

Rockland Community College

4.5%

Villanova University

4.5%

Boise State University

4.5%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

State University of New York College at Oswego

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

California University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

Appalachian State University

3.4%

Arkansas State University

3.4%

New York University

3.4%

East Carolina University

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.4%
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Majors

Occupational Therapy

16.1%

Kinesiology

15.9%

Psychology

10.2%

Physical Therapy

8.7%

Business

5.7%

Nursing

5.7%

Health Care Administration

5.5%

Medical Assisting Services

4.7%

Social Work

4.2%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Communication Disorders Sciences

2.8%

Biology

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Human Services

2.1%

General Studies

1.9%

Rehabilitation Science

1.9%

Nursing Assistants

1.9%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%

Mental Health Counseling

1.5%

Communication

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.3%

Other

22.0%

Masters

21.5%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.5%

License

1.0%
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Top Skills for A Therapy Aide

OccupationalTherapyPhysicalTherapyFacilitySpeechTherapyPatientCareDailyLivingSkillsProceduresTherapySessionsRehabTreatmentAreasUltrasoundTreatmentPlansADLTherapyEquipmentSchedulingAppointmentsMedicalRecordsVitalSignsCustomerServiceTherapyGymDailyActivities

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Top Therapy Aide Skills

  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Physical Therapy
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage all aspects of office, aid in providing home health occupational therapy to children and adults.
  • Implemented physical therapy programs established by the Physical Therapist.
  • Trained volunteers on facility and volunteer protocol.
  • Assisted physical, occupational, and speech therapy departments in administering therapy programs by preparing patients for treatment.
  • Encourage daily living skills and family members to actively participate in patient care.

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