Physical Therapist Assistants
Physical therapist assistants help patients regain physical function after illness or injury.
Physical therapist assistants must be supervised by a physical therapist. They help provide services that improve patients' mobility and reduce their pain.
$21.28 per hour on average
The outlook is Data not available
|Education & Training
Associate degree is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Instruct and assist patients with exercises to improve functioning and mobility.
- Confer with physical therapists and other staff about treatment plans for patients.
- Provide treatments such as massage or heat or cold packs.
- Provide electrical treatments, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound.
- Record patients' responses to treatment and report them to the physical therapist.
- Evaluate patients to determine effects of treatments.
- Secure patients to therapy equipment.
- Fit patients for braces and other supportive devices, such as crutches.
- Train patients to use equipment such as braces, prostheses, or crutches.
- Prepare patients for therapy. Help them to and from treatment areas.
- Record which treatments were given and the equipment used.
- Keep treatment areas clean and organized.
- Assist patients with dressing, and putting on and removing supportive devices.
- Administer traction to relieve neck and back pain.
- Prepare treatment areas and equipment for use by physiotherapists.
- Perform chest physiotherapy to remove mucus from lungs. Assist patients in breathing exercises.
- Perform clerical tasks, such as answering the phone, ordering supplies, or filling out forms.
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