The physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a valued member of the physical therapy team.
As a PTA you'll work under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist and help to carry out the physical therapy treatment plan. Watch the You Can Be Me video!
Physical therapy offers exciting career opportunities!
As a PTA you have the chance to work with patients in:
- hospitals after a hip replacement, injury from trauma or cancer
- school systems with children who are disabled or need special attention
- private practice offices for orthopedic or sports related rehabilitation
- industrial settings for patients recovering from work injuries
- patient homes following discharge from a hospital or rehab center
- rehabilitation hospitals or nursing homes following a hip fracture or stroke.
You will be responsible for:
- performing selected treatment interventions within the PT plan of care, like therapeutic exercise and ultrasound
- collecting patient data, such as strength and flexibility
- helping patients reach the goals outlined in the PT plan of care
- documenting the patient’s response to treatment
- providing education and support to patients and their families
- communicating with other health care providers.
To be successful in this career path, you should truly enjoy working closely with people and studying science courses, such as anatomy and physiology.
You can access further information about careers in physical therapy at: American Physical Therapy Association.
You can access information about the employment outlook for PTAs at: The United States Department of Labor.