Physical Therapist Assistant

Health Careers

About the Career

Physical therapy is a health profession that involves direct patient care of individuals who experience temporary or permanent disability due to pain, injury, disease, or birth defect. A physical therapist assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Responsibilities include direct patient care and assisting therapists in the data collection of complex treatment procedures. Additional tasks may include participation in clinical education, patient conference, in-service education, record keeping, and clerical duties. Many jobs for physical therapist assistants are in hospitals or private practice offices. Others work in nursing and extended-care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation centers, school systems, and home health agencies.


Academic Programs

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled technical healthcare worker who carries out patient treatment programs under the supervision of a physical therapist.

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Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Certificate

The Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled technical health-care worker who carries outpatient treatment programs under the supervision of a physical therapist.

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Projected Job Growth

+14.6%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$54,000*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

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