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Physical Therapy Aide

Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide
 
A typical assistantship program is divided into two different kinds of education: coursework and clinical experience. Coursework is the more educational side that focuses on equipping students with the knowledge needed to move into the experiential side of the program. Clinical experience is where aides get hands-on work with physical therapists before moving into work on their own. These two facets make up two sides of the same coin, so it’s important to have a thorough understanding of both.

Formal education can be continued in order to also be qualified in administration, management, and education of physical therapy centers and it’s a good way to build up a career. As an aide you can also receive on the job training, which may last a few weeks to a couple months.

All the factors are in place for the physical therapy aide field to accelerate in growth over the coming years. If you haven’t already started the fairly short educational path to becoming one, now is a fantastic time to get started. As the infrastructure is made stronger for the field, job openings will expand, and it will be a great field to get involved in. Since the entire healthcare field will experience rapid growth over the next generation, it only makes sense that physical therapy will. Being an aide will continue to be one of the most accessible areas within healthcare. 
 
Why a Physical Therapy Aide? 
 

Physical Therapy Aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. During a typical day on the job, a physical therapy aide will keep the treatment rooms clean and organized, prepared for a patient’s individual therapy, help patients get to and from the treatment area, and assist with other tasks pertaining to crucial patient care. It’s a job that comes with a lot of responsibility and helps prepare patients for quality physical therapy care.

 

Physical Therapy Aides should enjoy helping people. They work with people who are in pain, and they must have empathy for their patients. Like other healthcare professionals, physical therapy assistants and aides should be organized and have a keen eye for detail. They must keep accurate records and follow written and verbal instructions carefully to ensure quality care.

 

Physical therapist aides are frequently on their feet and moving as they work with their patients. They must often kneel, stoop, bend, and stand for long periods. They should enjoy physical activity.
 
Career Outlook
 
Continuing Education Opportunities 

Associate of Science:
  • Allied Health
  • Medical Assisting
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
Bacchelor of Science in Biology
  • Physical Therapy 

Careers in Physical Therapy 
  •    Physical Therapy Aide
  •    Occupational Therapist Aide
  •    Rehabilitation Aide
  •    Physical Therapy Assistant
  •    Physical Therapist
Sample Salaries for Physical Therapy Aides by Industry
 
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals                          $25,790 
Offices of Physicians                                                        $29,190
Nursing Care Facilities                                                     $31,660 
Vocational Rehabilitation Services                                   $37,130

 

 *Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

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