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The Essentials in Starting Your Journey as a Physical Therapist Assistant

April 27, 2023

If you're looking for an exciting healthcare career, physical therapy might be for you! Physical therapy is an excellent option for active individuals passionate about helping others. Physical therapist assistants play an essential role in the healthcare industry, and in this blog article, we'll explore what they do!

So, what is a physical therapist assistant? PTAs are licensed healthcare professionals who work under the supervision of a physical therapist. They assist with treating and rehabilitating patients with limited mobility due to injuries, illnesses, or disabilities. PTAs help patients regain strength and mobility, prevent permanent damage, and improve their overall wellness.

A day in the life of a PTA might involve performing therapies like ultrasound, massage, stretching, and balance training. They also assist with the fitting and adjusting supportive devices like braces and crutches. Additionally, they help patients use assistive devices like canes, crutches, or prosthetics.

You'll need a specific set of skills to be an effective PTA. These include compassion, decision-making abilities, physical fitness, attention to detail, and critical thinking skills. Communication skills are also essential for PTAs, as they must communicate diagnoses and treatment plans effectively with patients.

To become a PTA, you must complete a physical therapy assistant program at a technical school or community college. This usually takes around two years and includes classroom and practical components to provide all the necessary skills. Once you've completed the program, you'll need to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) to become a licensed or certified PTA.

This exciting and rewarding career path offers a variety of attractive career prospects - from outpatient clinics to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.  And Therapeutic Resources will always have endless positions for you to consider.  Take a look at our current open positions here!


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