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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Guide

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Physical therapist assistants work under the direction, guidance and supervision of physical therapists to provide quality and evidence-based client care. They play a critical role in the healthcare system, which is evident in the rapid growth in the field.

Physical therapist assistants can work in hospitals or privately-owned physical therapy practices and their duties and responsibilities can vary depending on where they work. However, typical ?interventions that they carry out, based on guidance from physical therapists, include therapeutic exercise, traction, massage, ultrasound, electrotherapy, balance and patient and family education.

To become a physical therapist assistant, you need to have an associate degree from an accredited program. Once this is achieved, physical therapist assistants must obtain a Physical Therapist Assistants License and take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), which qualifies them as a licensed physical therapy assistant.

A career as a physical therapist assistant can be emotionally and physically draining as you can expect to be on your feet all day and to be constantly helping patients deals with a whole range of problems. On top of this, you can work with difficult patients who do not want to follow your guidance or advice, which can make it a stressful job at times.

However, people who like to help and teach others will find a career as a physical therapist assistant very satisfying and rewarding. The physical therapy working environment also places a huge emphasis on the promotion valuable relationships between co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. It is also a very fast-growing career, which is not too difficult or competitive to enter.

Physical therapy assistants need to have compassion and communication. They need to be physically fit, be detail oriented and be able to multitask. If these sound like the kinds of skills and qualities that you have, then why not consider a career as a physical therapy assistant?


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