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Physical Therapist Assistants

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Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Key Competencies
* Concern for Others
* Integrity
* Dependability
* Cooperation
* Attention to Detail
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Self Control
* Initiative
* Stress Tolerance
* Persistence

Representative Tasks
* Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
* Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
* Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance

Job Family
Healthcare Support

Sample Job Titles
Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA), Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA), Outpatient Physical Therapist Assistant, Per Diem Physical Therapist Assistant (Per Diem PTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapist Assistant and Nurse Aide, Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapy Technician (Physical Therapy Tech), Physiotherapy Assistant, Rehabilitation Aide, Rehabilitation Assistant, Staff Physical Therapy Assistant.