What does a Physical Therapy Aide do?What does a Physical Therapy Aide do?

Become a Physical Therapy Aide

A physical therapy aide works under direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant. They do tasks that are indirectly related to patient care, like, cleaning and setting up treatment areas, doing clerical duties and moving patients, who require assistance, from one place to another for treatment.

How to become a Physical Therapy Aide

A physical therapy aide usually has a high school diploma. Their employer's typically provide on-the-job training normally lasting up to 1 month. Many employers prefer an applicant to have some computer skills.

Job Description of a Physical Therapy Aide

A physical therapy aide must work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant. They work indirectly with patient care with responsibilities that would include, preparing a patient for therapy and helping patients requiring assistance to move to and from treatment areas. They are expected to keep the treatment area clean.

He or she would set up the therapy equipment. They perform several other tasks, such as, clerical work, scheduling treatment sessions, filling out insurance forms or ordering supplies. A physical therapy aide may lift heavy patients and be vulnerable to back injuries without proper protection. They can most often be found working in offices of speech, occupational and physical therapist, audiologist, hospitals and some work in residential and nursing facilities.

He or she can also work in doctor's offices and a very few in government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 40 percent growth in 2012-2022 in this career field.