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Sample physical therapy assistant job description

[Organization X] strives to offer the highest quality of rehabilitative care to patients. Our goal is simple: Design treatment plans that work with a patient’s lifestyle, and provide information to continue treatment for however long is necessary. We’re currently looking to add a physical therapy assistant to our growing team. This person should be experienced in implementing treatment plans and working alongside multiple therapists to accomplish rehabilitative goals. The ideal candidate is a natural motivator who can empower patients to believe that better health and mobility are within reach.

Objectives of this role

  • Serve as a vital member of our staff in assisting physical therapy plans and procedures
  • Be an active listener with patients, their family members, and our physical therapists
  • Adhere to the organization’s standards of excellence 
  • View every patient and family member as an individual who has a unique set of values, and respect those values accordingly


  • Implement physical therapy treatment plans as directed by the managing therapist
  • Provide a safe rehabilitation environment that allows patients to focus on their individual needs
  • Perform all duties in a manner that aligns with professional code of ethics, such as APTA
  • Communicate treatment plans effectively so that patients can fully benefit from exercises and care practices
  • Document patient progress and communicate findings to the managing therapist

Required skills and qualifications

  • License (or eligibility for licensure) to practice physical therapy assistance
  • Minimum one year of experience as a physical therapy assistant 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be a team player

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Associate’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited program for physical therapy assistants
  • Ability to communicate in more than one language