A Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant

Graduates of an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant degree program have acquired the skills and education required to practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Patients may include accident victims and individuals of any age with short- and long-term disabling conditions, such as low back pain, fractures, head injuries and arthritis. In addition to performing physical therapy treatments, Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) document the patient's response to treatment and provide education and support to patients, their families and other clinicians.

The demand for PTAs is expected to rise and grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the next several years. Positions for PTAs can be found in:

  • Hospitals
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Physician Offices
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • School Systems
  • Industrial Settings

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Last Update: August 10 2011
For additional information, contact: Beverly Ferrigno