Physical Therapist Assistants

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Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA), Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)

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Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Craftsman; Dental Assistant Journeyman; Health Services Management Apprentice; Health Services Management Helper; Health Services Management Superintendent; Physical Medicine Apprentice; Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Journeyman; Physical Medicine Superintendent
Medical Specialist Corps Officer; Occupational Therapy; Occupational Therapy Specialist; Orthopedic Specialist; Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy Specialist; Specialist Allied Operations
Health Services Technician; Medical Administration Specialty
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Hospital Corpsman; Occupational Therapist; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Orthopedic Cast Room Technician; Orthopedic Technician; Physical Therapist; Physical Therapy Technician
Physical Medicine; Physical Medicine Apprentice; Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Craftsman; Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Helper; Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Journeyman; Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic; Physical Medicine Superintendent
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Document patient information, such as notes on their progress.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.



  • customer service


  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


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

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot Technology
  • Medical condition coding software

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • FileMaker Pro
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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