Physical Therapist Assistant Overview  –   Preparation  –  Day in the Life  –  Earnings  –  Employment  –  Career Path For...
Physical Therapist Assistant Overview: Physical Therapist Assistants help physical therapists to provide treatment that im...
Overview (continued): Physical therapist assistants perform a variety of tasks. Under the direction and supervision of phy...
Preparation: Most physical therapist assistants earn an associate degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant p...
Preparation (continued): Academic course work includes algebra, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and psychology...
Preparation (continued): The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education  programs for the physical therapis...
Day in the Life: The hours and days that physical therapist assistants work vary with the facility. About 23 percent of al...
Day in the Life (continued): Physical therapist assistants need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exer...
Earnings: The median annual earnings of physical therapist assistants is about $46,140. The middle 50 percent earned betwe...
Employment: Physical therapist assistants hold about 109,900 jobs in the United States. They work with physical therapists...
Career Path Forecast: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therap...
Career Path Forecast (continued): Opportunities for individuals interested in becoming physical therapist assistants are e...
<ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>More information about a career as a  Physical Therapist Assistant  is available at t...
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  1. 1. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  2. 2. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview: Physical Therapist Assistants help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. A physical therapist might ask an assistant to help patients exercise or learn to use crutches, for example, or an aide to gather and prepare therapy equipment. Patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as lower-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  3. 3. Overview (continued): Physical therapist assistants perform a variety of tasks. Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, they provide part of a patient's treatment. This might involve exercises, massages, electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, hot and cold packs, traction, and ultrasound. Physical therapist assistants record the patient's responses to treatment and report the outcome of each treatment to the physical therapist. The extent to which an assistant performs clerical tasks depends on the size and location of the facility. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  4. 4. Preparation: Most physical therapist assistants earn an associate degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program. In many States, physical therapist assistants are required by law to hold at least an associate degree. Programs are divided into academic study and hands-on clinical experience. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  5. 5. Preparation (continued): Academic course work includes algebra, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and psychology. Clinical work includes certifications in CPR and other first aid and field experience in treatment centers. Both educators and prospective employers view clinical experience as essential to ensuring that students understand the responsibilities of a physical therapist assistant. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  6. 6. Preparation (continued): The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education  programs for the physical therapist assistant at the associate degree level. There are currently here are 233 accredited physical therapist assistant programs in the United States. Accredited programs usually last 2 years, or 4 semesters, and culminate in an associate degree. A full list of accredited programs is on the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center website. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  7. 7. Day in the Life: The hours and days that physical therapist assistants work vary with the facility. About 23 percent of all physical therapist assistants work part time. Many outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics have evening and weekend hours, to coincide with patients' personal schedules. Physical therapist assistants should be well-organized, detail oriented, and caring. They usually have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to help people in need. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  8. 8. Day in the Life (continued): Physical therapist assistants need a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment. In some cases, assistants and aides need to lift patients. Frequent kneeling, stooping, and standing for long periods also are part of the job. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  9. 9. Earnings: The median annual earnings of physical therapist assistants is about $46,140. The middle 50 percent earned between $37,170 and $54,900. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,830. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  10. 10. Employment: Physical therapist assistants hold about 109,900 jobs in the United States. They work with physical therapists in a variety of settings. About 72 percent of jobs are in offices of physical therapists or in hospitals. Others work primarily in nursing care facilities, offices of physicians, home health care services, and outpatient care centers. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  11. 11. Career Path Forecast: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is expected to grow by 35 percent from 2008 through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be particularly good in acute hospital, skilled nursing, and orthopedic settings, where the elderly are most often treated. Job prospects should be especially favorable in rural areas, as many physical therapists tend to cluster in highly populated urban and suburban areas. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  12. 12. Career Path Forecast (continued): Opportunities for individuals interested in becoming physical therapist assistants are expected to be very good; with help from physical therapist assistants, physical therapists are able to manage more patients. However, physical therapy aides may face keen competition from the large pool of qualified individuals. In addition to employment growth, job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation permanently. Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .
  13. 13. <ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>More information about a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center , including accredited associate degree programs , suggestions for precollege students , a free monthly careers newsletter , and a PDF summarizing the field . </li></ul><ul><li>Associations: </li></ul><ul><li>  American Physical Therapy Association </li></ul>Physical Therapist Assistant Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center .

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