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Physical Therapy Assistant Job Overview

Physical therapist assistants work directly with physical therapists. While physical therapist aides are indirectly involved with patient care such as performing clerical and cleaning duties, physical therapy assistants are directly involved with helping the patients, including those that are recovering from major surgery, severe injuries or chronic illnesses. The primary goal is to help patients manage pain and regain movement.

Tasks for physical therapist assistants typically include observing patients during therapy, helping patients perform specific exercises as part of their recovery, using devices and equipment to help facilitate a patient’s treatment, and educating the patient about what to do after treatment. Physical therapist assistants are most often employed by physical, occupational, and speech therapists. However, they can also work in hospitals, home health care services, and in the offices of physicians.

Physical Therapy Assistant Job Education Requirements

Though the requirements vary from state to state, most states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapy assistant program. A typical physical therapist assistant program lasts about two years and includes classroom and on-the-job learning. Programs usually include classes in anatomy, physiology, and psychology. With the exception of Hawaii, all states require physical therapist assistants to be licensed or certified, which requires passing the National Physical Therapy Exam that is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. To be a successful physical therapist assistant, applicants should be detail oriented, have good interpersonal skills, and demonstrate compassion toward their patients.

Physical Therapy Assistant Job Market

Employment opportunities for physical therapist assistants are expected to grow 41 percent by 2022. With the demands of an aging population, physical therapists are expected to hire more physical therapist assistants to help them with their practice. Job opportunities are expected to be most abundant in acute hospital, outpatient orthopedic, and skilled nursing settings. Because physical therapists are often clustered in highly populated urban and suburban areas, employment opportunities are expected to be most plentiful in rural settings.

Physical Therapy Assistant Job Salary Information

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for physical therapist assistants in 2012 was about $52,000. The lowest 10 percent earned $32,000, and the highest paid 10 percent earned $72,000. Most physical therapist assistants work full-time and are sometimes required to work evening and weekend hours to accommodate the schedules of their patients.

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Flexible Per Diem Jobs Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are a PTA with flexibility and motivation to Expand Your Experience, look no further. If you consi...
Flexible Per Diem Jobs Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are a PTA with flexibility and motivation to Expand Your Experience, look no further. If you consi...
Unit: Therapy Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are a PTA with flexibility and motivation to Expand Your Experience, look no furt...
Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant CNS Home Health and Hospice CNS Home Health and Hospice is seeking a full time Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant for a position in a skilled nursing facility. We are seeking a flexible, innovative and energetic individual for a fast paced environment. Minimum Requirements: The qualified candidate must have graduated from an accr...
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...
GTW is seeking a Physical Therapy Assistant interested in working weekends and holidays only at The San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. This is a great opportunity to work with our nations’ military and gain experience at a reputable military installation. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled ...
Tracking Code 203509 Job Description 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 exercise, muscle re-education; as well as...
In need of a responsible self-starter needed with compassion and caring for patients. Potential for permanent full time employment and benefits. Must have: Physical therapy experience. Excellent communication skills Personal interaction skills Excellent references required...
Tracking Code 203474 Job Description 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 exercise, muscle re-education; as well as...
Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (SPTA) is noted as one of the premier physical therapy rehabilitation centers in New England. We are currently seeking a full-time, well-qualified, Massachusetts licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in our Needham clinic. SPTA serves a varied clientele from recreational to professional athletes, young adolescents to seniors with orthopedic injuries. We are an...
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Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant PRN, varying shifts. Tennessee license required. Please apply on our web site at www.crocketthospital.com Fax: 931-766-3339...
Tracking Code 201498 Job Description 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 exercise, muscle re-education; as well as...
Tracking Code 201689 Job Description Assured 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 exerc...
Tracking Code 201746 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...
Tracking Code 201842 Job Description Assured 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 exerc...
Tracking Code 202638 Job Description 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 exercise, muscle re-education; as well as...
Tracking Code 202941 Job Description 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 exercise, muscle re-education; as well as...
Full Time Opportunity will cover Norman, Midwest City, South Oklahoma City and Shawnee. A career with Brookdale has never been more rewarding! Brookdale is the only national full-spectrum senior living solutions company and committed to providing the best options for our over 110,000 residents we serve. The services that we offer ensure residents continue to live the lives that they want while a...
Physical Therapy Assistant Discovery Physical Therapy near Port Townsend, WA, seeks enthusiastic Physical Therapy Assistant to join our inspired, specialized and diverse team. New grads and experienced PTA's welcome. 30-35 hrs/wk. Benefits available. Desire for professional growth and development is a must. Interest in sports, orthopedic, pilates, and women's health. Email resume and cover lette...
PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (PTA) Worcester*, MA and other areas in Massachusetts MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN! Joining Thom's Early Intervention Program means joining the largest program of its kind in Massachusetts. Our Early Intervention teams provide services to eligible children, birth to three years old, and their families. You will have on-going supervision and paid continui...

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