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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PART TIME/PER DIEM POSITION AVAILABLE FOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT IN AN UPSCALE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY. POSITION OFFERS COMPETITIVE PAY SCALE AND FLEXIBLE HOURS IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT WITH ROOM FOR JOB GROWTH. OFFERING $35/VISIT OR $50/HOUR, POSITION OPEN TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY....
As a Physical Therapist Assistant / PTA, Your goal is to restore, enhance and increase functionality. Our goal is to give you the support you need to make a positive impact on every patient in your care. At Aegis Therapies we're as committed to making a difference as you are. Putting patients first. It's what building a career with Aegis Therapies is all about. Essential Job Functions Assist in ...
Compreheisve Pain Therapy Center, PC in Englewood, NJ needs Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistant for an outpatient physical therapy clinic. We are serving mostly Korean patients. New graduates are welcome to apply. This is a fulltime position with flexibility in the hours. Some evening hours are required. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working in a dynamic en...
PHYSICAL THERAPISTS PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS RN’s Foothills Visiting Nurse & Home Care, Inc. has been recognized as one of the Top Home Care Agencies in the country for the past seven consecutive years. We have immediate openings for full-time and per diem physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and RN’s. We offer excellent salaries, visit rates and benefits. Please submit resu...
Employee Type: Adjunct Manages Others: No Required Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher Required Experience: At least 5 years Required Travel: No Relocation Covered: No Job Description: Are you a dedicated and enthusiastic physical therapy professional ready to make a difference by educating students who are eager to train as physical therapist assistants? Bring your talents and skills to...
www.premierortho.com Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Assoc.,the largest provider of outpatient physical therapy located throughout Delaware and Chester Counties, is looking for a qualified candidate for the following positions: Full Time Physical Therapist - West Chester location Full Time Physical Therapist - Brinton Lake location Premier o...
Responsible for the care, direction and progression of therapy patients and their treatments. Is a viable member of the therapeutic rehabilitation team and will assist in department maintenance, supervision of department staff as needed and delivering the best quality care possible. Is responsible for appropriate scheduling of therapy patients, completing the monthly productivity statistics in a t...
Lorian Health is a growing home health agency seeking energetic members to join our team of skilled professionals. Lorian is currently looking for top notch Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) to provide optimum therapy care to our Southern California patients on the weekends. There are numerous territories available wich include areas in San Diego County, Riverside Co...
Location: Port Arthur, Texas We are seeking Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) to support patients with various mental and physical disabilities under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist and according to the Physician's plan of care. PTAs will treat to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from inju...
Location: Beaumont, Texas We are seeking Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) to support patients with various mental and physical disabilities under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist and according to the Physician's plan of care. PTAs will treat to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injurie...
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...
Responsible to the Director of Rehabilitative, Orthopaedic, and Diabetes Services, the Physical Therapist provides quality patient care/documentation in the area of Physical Therapy. Duties are carried out within the framework established by the Department of Professional Regulations as promulgated within Standards of Practice and in full compliance with standards as set forth by The Joint Commiss...
Advocate Pediatric Home Care provides Private Duty Nursing services and Therapy services to medically dependent children in the home environment. We offer the most competitive pay scale in the industry and a full range of employee benefits. We will orientate and train each therapist to their assigned caseload. Our goal is to provide quality services to children in the home environment. We are hir...
Company Confidential Riverside, RI, 02915
JOB TITLE: Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant REPORTS TO: Rehabilitation Director DEPARTMENTS: In- House Rehabilitation SHIFT: PRN/ Part-time We are currently seeking for the ideal candidate for part-time or PRN licensed Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant. This is a fantastic opportunity to obtain a physical therapy job with a non-profit company with our in-ho...
Tracking Code 203382 Job Description Mississippi HomeCare of Grenada proud member of the LHC Group Full-time/Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant (Home Health) As a Physical Therapist, you will assist the physician in evaluating the patient''s functional status and physical therapy needs, to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for your patients. All services will ...
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT, PHYSICAL THERAPIST, PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT OT, COTA, PT, PTA Occupational and Physical Therapy - Homecare Well established, reputable and growing Home Health Care company is looking to hire full time, part time and PRN Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapists and Assistants. Flexible hours and various locations in Portage, Sum...
Genesis Healthcare Centerville, MA
Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)- Skilled Nursing Facility This is a great weekend per diem assignment for a qualified Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). The position will be working ongoing Saturdays and/or Sundays. Candidates must have previous SNF experience. We are offering very competitive compensati...
Supplemental Health Care Franconia, NH
Description: Supplemental Health Care is partnering with local skilled nursing facilities throughout NH and the United States to provide quality staffing in the Physical Therapy department. Some of our current openings are in: Franconia Petersborough If you or anyone you know is interested in hearing more about the travel opportunities we have in NH or other states, please call Nikki Kennebre...
Provides direct and indirect Physical Therapy services based on current research and theory for clients aged premature to elderly. Licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, CPR certified. Prefer home health past experience and knowledge of OASIS and Home Health regulations....
Supplemental Health Care Eureka, CA
Description: Supplemental Health Care is partnering with local skilled nursing facilities throughout CA and the United States to provide quality staffing in the Physical Therapy department. Some of our current openings are in: Burlingame Clovis Eureka Hayward Long Beach Modesto Oakland Reseda Van Nuys If you or anyone you know is interested in hearing more about the travel opportunitie...

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