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Physical Therapist Assistant

Overview

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed health care providers who provide physical therapy services under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Physical therapist assistants treat patients with movement, strength, and coordination disorders in order to improve function, decrease pain, and increase independence. The scope of practice may include:

  • Administration of physical modalities
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Ambulation training
  • Assisting/instructing patients with transfers and functional activities

Physical therapist assistants:

  • Must recognize common medical disorders
  • Must be able to assess whether patients are progressing appropriately with the treatment plan determined by the supervising physical therapist
  • Work closely with other allied health team members
  • Are currently in demand in the health care system and physical therapist assistant is listed as one of the ten fastest growing occupations by the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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