Physical therapist assistant


Basic Info (salary,duties,schooling)

  • Physical therapist assistants and aides perform components of physical therapy procedures and related tasks selected by a supervising physical therapist.
  • involve exercises, massages, electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, hot and cold packs, traction, and ultrasound.
  • Physical therapist assistants record the patient's responses to treatment and report the outcome of each treatment to the physical therapist.
  • Hours: offices and clinics have evening and weekend hours
  • Physical therapist assistants and aides need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment.
  • Salarys:
  • ursing care facilities$40,360

    General medical and surgical hospitals37,790

    Offices of other health practitioners37,120

  • Most states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapist program. In 2011, there were 280 associate's degree programs for physical therapist assistants accredited by theCommission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education