Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
- Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and
supervision of Physical Therapists to assist in providing therapy
treatment to patients.
- Are trained to conduct therapeutic exercises, provide
therapeutic massage, observe patients, evaluate data on a patient’s
progress, and assist patients during rehabilitation. They may fit or
adjust supportive devices such as leg braces or crutches. Assistants
may also perform clerical duties such as answering phones, ordering
supplies, and completing forms.
- PTAs implement treatment programs; teach patients to perform
exercises; conduct treatments using special equipment; assist patients
with back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis,
burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, injuries
related to work and sports, and others.
- Work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, home
care agencies, private health and fitness centers, industrial health
clinics, community health centers, schools, colleges and universities,
or other health care facilities.
- Physical Therapist Assistant opportunities will continue to grow due
to the increased need for support personnel in health care, number of
individuals with disabilities, and the increase of the elderly
- The Physical Therapist Assistant program can be challenging, physically demanding and rigorous.
- One important quality is good people skills - ability to listen, understand, and communicate.