What does a 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.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
English Language
Effective Communication
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Physical Therapy Aide Seniority Levels

Physical Therapy Aide
Physical Therapist
40% made the transition
Massage Therapist
1% made the transition
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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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