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How Can I Become a Physical Therapy Aide?

Written by Autumn Granza on Thursday, 17 September 2020. Posted in Healthcare

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To start a career as a physical therapy aide you need a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job-training. This is an entry-level position, and those interested in the field should be detail oriented and have interpersonal skills.

What does a physical therapy aide do?

Physical therapy aides may work at hospitals, nursing care facilities, offices, and more. The duties of a physical therapy aide may vary by state and where you work. Typical job roles include cleaning and organizing the treatment area, preparing patients for their therapy session, and assisting patients to and from treatment. Physical therapy aides may also answer phones and schedule appointments for patients. They’re supervised by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

How do I become a physical therapy aide?

You need training to become a physical therapy aide. Our Physical Therapy Aide Career Diploma program may help you enter the healthcare field in this career. By studying online, at your own pace, you can grow your passion into a career in as little as four months. In our program you’ll learn fundamentals and hands-on techniques that may help you treat patients. You’ll also take lessons such as

  • The Profession of Physical Therapy and Career Opportunities for the Aide. In this lesson you’ll learn the role rehabilitation plays in providing patients treatment and explore opportunities in the field.
  • Musculoskeletal Therapy. You’ll receive an introduction to some of the musculoskeletal techniques used in physical therapy.

After completing our program, you may have the techniques needed to assist physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in their treatment of patients. Some states may require you to earn a license or certification before you start work.

How much does a physical therapy aide make?

The salary of physical therapy aides may depend on the setting they work in. In 2019 the median salary of a physical therapist aide was $27,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physical therapist aides typically work full time and may be required to work nights and weekends depending on the healthcare system they work in.

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