Allied Health
Physical Therapy Assistant

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Salary: $33,856 - $51,267
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Hourly: $19.39 - $34.8
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 2 years
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Physical therapy assistants (PTA) implement treatment plans for patients who are under the care of a supervising physical therapist. The duties of a PTA may include helping the patient with exercise, ultrasound and other modalities of treatment, massages, hot and cold wraps and other techniques. Physical therapy assistants may also record the patient's progress in any written documents required.

Physical therapy aides help to keep the treatment area clean and well stocked with supplies. They may help transport the patient to and from the treatment area, and may help with front office duties such as answering the phones and other clerical requirements. Physical therapy aides are not allowed to perform the clinical duties of a physical therapy assistant as they are not licensed to do so.

Areas of Specialization
Physical therapy assistants may choose to specialize in a certain area (such as with children or the elderly), but the specialties available to them depend upon the interests and needs of their supervising physical therapist.


Work Environment

Physical therapy assistants work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, business and industrial organizations, and private homes.