What does an Assistant Physical Therapy Aide do?

Physical therapy aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recovering from injuries and illness as they regain movement and manage their pain. They are involved with patients’ direct care and often perform tasks directly related to patient care, including cleaning and setting up a treatment area, clerical duties, and moving patients.

Physical therapy aides observe a patient before, during, and after their therapy. While doing this they take notes about the patient’s status and report it to a physical therapist. Their work consists of helping patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care, and they treat patients using various techniques which could include massage or stretching. Physical therapy aides treat patients through exercise, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Clerical tasks they may be expected to take on might include ordering supplies, scheduling sessions, and completing insurance forms. Physical therapy aides need a minimum associate's degree from an accredited program and a license or certification. In the program, coursework must be completed in subjects including anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. All states also require physical therapists to be licensed or certified.

EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Physical Therapy Aide Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,379 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $42K
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Assistant Physical Therapy Aide Career Path

Learn how to become an Assistant Physical Therapy Aide, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Pivot Physical TherapyPivot Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Technician
Feb 10, 2020

“If you have a fun friendly clinic your day to day life will be great!”

ATI Physical TherapyATI Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Technician
Mar 5, 2021

“compensation is not dependent on how well you do your job or how long youve been there.”

Oxford Physical Therapy CentersOxford Physical Therapy Centers
Physical Therapy Technician
May 13, 2021

“Gained lots of great knowledge working here that helped me as I continued on in my career.”

Embassy HealthcareEmbassy Healthcare
Rehabilitation Technician
Sep 29, 2020

“Grateful to be able to grab this amazing opportunity of working with passionate healthcare providers.”

Aquatic Physical Therapy and BeyondAquatic Physical Therapy and Beyond
Physical Therapy Assistant
Nov 23, 2021

“Emphasizes top quality patient care to get the best outcomes for whoever walks in the door.”

Rehab Aide
Aug 2, 2021

“This is a good role for anyone interested in PT or OT as a career path.”

Buena Vida Physical Therapy & Wellness
Physical Therapy Technician
Oct 5, 2021

“Awesome and outgoing staff to work with.”

Markson Chiropractic
Physical Therapy Assistant
Mar 31, 2020

“Excellent hours and salary.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an assistant physical therapy aide

When working as an assistant physical therapy aide, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR, Computer Literate, Highly Organized, Excellent Customer Service, and Interpersonal and Communication.

The most similar professions to assistant physical therapy aide are:
  • Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Behavior Therapist

The most common qualifications to become an assistant physical therapy aide include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.