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Physical therapist assistants and aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.

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Data last updated October 2021

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Job Description

Works under direct supervision of a physical therapist while administering therapeutic treatments. Carries out patient care programs to progress the patients through the program until re-evaluation by the physical therapist. Assists the physical therapist in evaluations, tests and complicated treatments. Reports patient progress and changes in status to referring physician and physical therapist. Participates in quality assurance activities and various projects. Must have an Associate's degree from an institution approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and be certified by the State Board of Medical Registration and Examination.

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Employment Outlook

Overall employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.


Associate Degree – 1 - 2 Years

Most technical colleges offer a physical therapy assistant program