Physical Therapist Assistants


Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.
Also called: Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapy Technician (Physical Therapy Tech)

Knowledge:

    Business
  • customer service
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
    Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
    Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology:

    Medical software
  • BioEx Systems Exercise Pro
  • Medical condition coding software
    Data base user interface and query software
  • dBASE
  • Microsoft Access
    Action games
  • Video game software
  • Virtual reality game software

Education:

    associate's degree
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