Physical Therapist Assistant Guide

So you’re interested in a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA).  At Partnership For Healthcare we specialize in helping people get started in their entry level healthcare careers. We’re here to assist you by providing you with access to all the important information and resources you will need to get started as soon as possible, including information on all the top PTA schools in your area.

And there could be no better time to pursue your career as a PTA. The demand for and remuneration of physical therapy assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade. In fact demand for Physical Therapy Assistants will grow by a massive 40% over the next few years.

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PTA Career Summary

Key FactsDetail
Educational RequirementsMost States will require a minimum of an Associates Degree or Certificate to work in this field
Average Annual Salary$55,250
Average Salary Range $33,128 to $73,000 (depending on experience and location)
Number in Employment (2016)84,500
Employment OutlookExcellent
Work EnvironmentsOutpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, fitness centers
Related Careers Occupational Therapy Assistants, Massage Therapists, Home Health Aides

What does a Physical Therapy Assistant do?

Physical Therapy Assistants, also referred to as PTA’s,  support Physical Therapists in the care and treatment of patients. The objective of physical therapy, and therefore the role of a PTA, is to help clients to improve their ability to physically function independent of anyone or any tools. They are also responsible for some clerical tasks such as recording and reporting the results of treatment.

Most patient will either be elderly, be recovering from surgery or an accident, or they may be suffering from a debilitating disease.

PTA’s can work in a variety of places, though are always under the supervision of a physiotherapist.