Physical Therapist Assistant
By: Jake Bartshe
- After graduating from an accredited physical therapy education program candidates must pass a state-administered national exam to obtain licensure or certification required in most states
- The physical therapist assistants work closely with supervising physical therapists to provide quality, evidence-based patient/client care. Once the physical therapist has completed the patient examination and a diagnosis has been determined, the physical therapist designs a plan of care that includes short- and long-term functional goals.
- Graduate from an accredited physical therapy education program and pass the state-administered national exam called the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
- The bottom 10% made $31,000 a year
- The average made $54,000 a year
- The top 90% made $75,000 a year
- The ability to safely bend, twist, and lift to assist a patient moving from one surface to another
- The ability to handle the emotional stress of working with patients in need of compassionate health care
- The ability to read and comprehend patient information
- The vast majority of PTAs, approximately 72%, work in hospitals or privately owned physical therapy practices. Others work in home health, schools, and rehab units.
- The first physical therapists during World War I were actually called “reconstruction aides”
- The field of physical therapy was initially a female dominant profession
- When World War II occurred, due to the advances in science and technology more injured soldiers were surviving and their various musculoskeletal injuries were treated by physical therapists