Physical Therapist Assistant

"Journey, Success, Relax, Looking Forward”

What do Physical Therapist Assistants do?

Physical Therapist Assistants do many things to help people. Such as:

1.) Administer medications or treatment

2.) They evaluate patient responses to therapy.

3.) They use massage therapy procedures

4.) And they also apply traction.

Education, Training, & Licensing

Some helpful high school courses would be:

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Computer Applications
  • Human Development
  • Medical Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Research Methods
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World Languages

To be a Physical Therapist Assistant you need to have an associates degree and you can have little or no on-the-job training because they will teach you the things you need to know. Physical Therapist Assistant requires a license.

Day to Day Work Activities

Some day to day work activities are:

  • They keep track of medical history or data.
  • Construct medical supportive devices.
  • Observe patient condition.
  • Position patient for therapy.
  • Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments.
  • Take vital signs.


U.S: Low- $15.78 Median- $25.38 High- $35.38

MN: Low- $16.78 Median- $22.31 High-$28.39

N.E MN Low-$15.10 Median- $21.27 High- $26.98

Employment & Outlook

In Minnesota there are 1,070 Physical Therapist Assistants.

Physical Therapist Assistants usually work in:

  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Social Assistance

Advantages & Disadvantages

I think some advantages of being a physical therapist assistant would be:

  • You get to make a difference in someones life.
  • I can choose what age group I would like to help.
Some disadvantages would be:

  • Emotional Demands
  • License Renewal