The duties of a PTA include assisting physical therapists in performing interventions for patients using heat, cold, electricity, ultrasound, water, massage, therapeutic exercise, gait training, balance, coordination, and functional activities. Physical therapist assistants must maintain constant effective communication with the physical therapist regarding patient progress and response to treatment and record this information in patients’ medical records.
Physical therapist assistants held about 98,700 jobs in May 2019. The industries that employed the most physical therapist assistants in were as follows:
Offices: private physical therapy (46 percent)
Hospitals (23 percent)
Skilled nursing facilities (10 percent)
Home health care services (9 percent)
Offices: physician-based (8 percent)
Employment opportunities are projected to grow by approximately 27 percent from 2018 through 2028.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019-2020 edition, Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides.
Learn More: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm
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The classroom/lab space includes all equipment that represents current physical therapy practice, giving stuents a real-world learning simulation. Students are required to complete a 16-week, fulltime clinical education.