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You might hire a physical therapy assistant to:

  • Serve as a vital member of the staff in assisting with physical therapy procedures
  • Implement physical therapy treatment plans as directed by the managing therapist

  • Document data on patients’ progress and communicate findings to the supervising therapist

  • Guide and teach at-home exercises in a manner that prepares patients to succeed

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
License (or eligibility for licensure) to practice physical therapy assistance
Degree from an accredited PTA program
At least one year of experience as a physical therapy assistant
Physical strength and stamina
Excellent interpersonal skills
Good organizational skills and attention to detail