Physical Therapist Assistant Jobs

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Overview

Physical therapist assistants work in hospitals, physical therapist offices, nursing care facilities, medical centers and occupational therapist officers around the country. Under the supervision of physical therapists, they assist patients in their recovery from a variety of injuries and sicknesses. As part of each patient’s recovery, the physical therapy assistant helps the patient regain movement at their own pace as well as become better at managing pain.

The most common job duties of a physical therapist assistant may include:

  • Implementing the policies of the facility’s physical therapy department
  • Observing patients before physical therapy and taking notes
  • Monitoring patients during physical therapy
  • Tracking the progress of each patient that they observe
  • Reporting each patient’s status and records to the physical therapist
  • Managing patient records
  • Administering physical therapy modalities while a physical therapist supervises
  • Performing clerical tasks to help the physical therapy department
  • Participating in ongoing training at the facility
  • Following the treatment plans that have been designed by the physical therapist
  • Speaking with patients and maintaining an upbeat, professional relationship with them
  • Communicating professionally with medical professionals and co-workers
  • Educating the patient about what to do after the treatment

Physical therapist assistants need to have a great deal of patience. They need to possess carefully honed people skills as they will be dealing with sometimes demanding patience under the close supervision of a physical therapist. Those who are detail-oriented and compassionate will likely thrive in this position.

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Education Requirements

Physical therapist assistants need to have an associate’s degree in nearly all states, and that degree should be from a program that’s accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Additionally, they will need to be at least 18 and have a criminal background check. They also must be certified or licensed, which requires the candidate to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam.

The exact requirements do vary from state to state, though, so it’s important to check with the state where you plan to practice as a physical therapist assistant. If you want to obtain higher education, you may also be interested in perusing physical therapist jobs and medical practice manager jobs.

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Market

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be a whopping 41 percent job growth in physical therapist assistant jobs between 2012 and 2022. That’s far greater than most other occupations. This means that there will likely be a great deal of available physical therapist assistant jobs available in the future, and there should be a good amount of job security in the profession as well.

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Salary Information

Physical therapist assistants earned an average annual salary of approximately $52,160. The highest-earned 10 percent of physical therapist assistants earned over $72,000 in 2012, while those who were in the lowest 10 percent of earners made under $32,420 per year. On-the-job experience, education, and location are all factors into how much candidates may be able to earn.

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OrthoVirginia one of Central Virginia largest Rehabilitation office seeks full-time, part-time or PRN Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant. Duties include but not limited to: Meets the patient's goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining physical therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians, supervising t...
Busy Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Practice looking for a LPT or PT assistant who is a self-starter, highly motivated, detail oriented, team player, reliable, meticulous, and resourceful and have effective time management. Must be proficient in English. We handle a wide range of patient population. This is a very unique opportunity to enhance your skills and join a team of experts in this fiel...
Supplemental Health Care Federal Way, WA
Description: This position will be filled fast! We are looking for an experienced Physical Therapist Assistant to join our team of traveling and local therapists. Our client located North of Spokane needs a Physical Therapist Assistant with recent home health experience. Please call Mitzi Creed for your interview today at 866-835-8091, 253-835-8091 or *****. The ideal...
Supplemental Health Care Federal Way, WA
Description: Are you ready for your next assignment, and love the Northwest? We have a great opportunity for a Physical Therapist Assistant to join our local and travel team of healthcare professionals. Please call Mitzi Creed at 866-835-8091, 253-835-8091 or *****. The ideal candidate will have at least one year of skilled nursing experience, and a sense of adventure...
Preferred Therapy Services is seeking an outstanding, education-driven Physical Therapist to serve as Education Director. Preferred Therapy Services is a progressive, rapidly growingpediatric home therapy agency that services Dallas, Fort Worth and all surrounding counties. Our Director of Education is a qualified, licensed professional who is responsible for and will: Demonstrate a keen unders...
Tracking Code 201745 Job Description Addus Home Health, A LHC Company Physical Therapist Assistant - Licensed Assists the supervising therapist and the physician in evaluating the level of function by applying diagnostic and prognostic functional ability tests. Assists the supervising therapist in the modifications to the Plan of Care. Directs and aids patients in active and passive exercis...
Peabody Glen Health Care Center, a 150 bed skilled nursing facility, has an exceptional full time opportunity for a PTA to join our team of talented clinicians. Our Mission at HealthBridge is to define excellence within the healthcare community. We strive to lead the industry by delivering exceptional rehabilitation services, in a variety of settings, which result in superior outcomes. We treat o...
Brookline Health Care Center, a 120 bed skilled nursing facility, has an exceptional part time opportunity (22-25 hours) for a PTA to join our team of talented clinicians. Full benefits available for part time employees. Our Mission at HealthBridge is to define excellence within the healthcare community. We strive to lead the industry by delivering exceptional rehabilitation services, in a variet...
Absolut of Houghton is a 100 bed LTC & Rehab facility located in beautiful scenic AlleghanyCounty. We currently have the following opportunities available: Physical Therapy Assistant – Full Time Registered Occupational Therapist – Full Time We offer WEEKLY PAY, Vacation & Personal time, Holiday pay and much more… Interested candidates may apply at: Absolut of Houghton 9876 Luckey Drive Hou...
General Healthcare Resources Houston, TX
Job Description: PHYSICAL THERAPIST / PT PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT / PTA General Healthcare Resources, a leading provider in the professional healthcare staffing industry, is looking for qualified PHYSICAL THERAPISTS and PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS in Central Pennsylvania. The successful candidates must have a minimum of one year post-graduate experience in a Long Term Care / Skilled Nurs...
Soliant Joliet, IL
Joliet, IL Summer Physical Therapy Opening Soliant Health will need a summer PT or PTA in Joliet, IL. The position will be flexible and between 20-30 hours per week. We will need someone who is already licensed in the state and interested in working with multiple ages. We would prefer someone who is ready to start the day school ends and has experience in the school setting. The school district ...
Genesis Healthcare Detroit, MI
Physical Therapist / Physical Therapist Assistant Needed in Metro Detroit, MI We have per diem opportunities for qualified Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants starting immediately at a outpatient rehab and skilled nursing facility in Metro Detroit, MI. Locations vary depending on needs. For more information or to be considered for the position please contact our office at 248-203...
Premier Home Care is looking for Physical Therapists or PTA's to perform in-home or in-clinic rehabilitation services. Requirements: Current KY license/certification Passion for providing high quality therapy to our geriatric patients Self-motivated professional who can work independently Desire to provide thorough, individualized care for each patient Experience working with the elderly Ho...
Hartford Healthcare Rehabilitation Network has an opportunity for a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant to work with a team of experienced clinicians for evaluation, treatment planning, and implementation for patients referred for physical therapy in our West Hartford outpatient location on South Main Street. Position is full time, 40 hours/wk. Some evenings are required until 7pm...
Almost Family Inc Tampa, FL, 33602
Unique Opportunity for a Qualified Physical Therapist with a Leader in Home Healthcare.... Become a Senior Advocate! Note: Bilingual speakers a plus, but not required! Quality of Life is a proud member of Almost Family, a leading provider of home health nursing, rehabilitation and personal care services. Our Senior Advocacy Mission raises the bar with programs designed to achieve better outcome...
Baystate Health Greenfield, MA, 01301
Job Location: Greenfield, MA Responsibilities Responsibilities Assists patients in reaching maximum physical performance while adjusting to disabilities or recovering from injuries. Treats patients using standard physical therapy procedures. Determines patients capabilities needs interests and goals and prepares individually tailored programs consistent with the physician's diagnosis. Expected ...
Monroe Clinic Monroe, LA
Works under the supervision of the Rehab Manager. The Physical Therapy Assistant implements Physical Therapy modalities, exercise and patient education under the supervision of staff Physical Therapists. Documents treatment procedures and progress. Performs other duties such as ordering, cleaning, etc. as needed. May be required to work in a variety of settings according to distribution of staff a...
Job Description I believe my work is my calling. With Gentiva's recent acquisitions of Odyssey Hospice, Harden Healthcare, Girling Home Health and Hospice, we offer home health, hospice, therapy, rehabilitation and community care services in many of our locations throughout the country. Gentiva has over 40 years of experience in healthcare. With over 550 locations in 40 states, our clinicians c...
Job Description I believe my work is my calling. With Gentiva's recent acquisitions of Odyssey Hospice, Harden Healthcare, Girling Home Health and Hospice, we offer home health, hospice, therapy, rehabilitation and community care services in many of our locations throughout the country. Gentiva has over 40 years of experience in healthcare. With over 550 locations in 40 states, our clinicians c...
PRN Physical Therapist Brookdale is excited to welcome Nurse on Call to our family. Together we have the opportunity to further enrich the lives of more patients and their families for “All The Places Life Can Go.” DESCRIPTION As a Physical Therapist at Nurse On Call, providing skilled nursing, rehabilitation and other home healthcare services since 1989, you shape Lake Worth patients with the ...

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