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Physical Therapist Assistants 

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Sample of Job Titles and Salary Ranges

Physical Therapy is the assessment, evaluation, treatment and prevention of disability, pain, or movement dysfunction resulting from injury, disease, or disability.

A broad and detailed knowledge of anatomy, a thorough working knowledge of principles of exercise and therapeutic techniques, and a mastery of patient care procedures involved in the handling of the sick and injured are all necessary accomplishments for the competent PTA. Good health, emotional stability, accuracy, and the ability to get along with people are essential. Since PTA's frequently work with seriously ill or injured patients, they should be endowed with a good measure of empathy and compassion.

An entry-level position in the Out-patient physical therapy facility setting for a licensed PTA with no prior work experience in the Washington Metro area has been estimated at approximately $40,000 - $45,000 per year

 

Possible Employers

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) may practice limited physical therapy under the supervision of a physical therapist. The employers listed below are places where PTA graduates have been employed.  However other job settings include, hospitals, private practice settings, rehabilitation facilities, extended care facilities, pediatric centers, home care, and specialty clinics (sports medicine, orthopedic etc.) PTA's have excellent opportunities to practice as part of a team of health care providers and their scope of care allows for interactions with patients as well as sophisticated equipment.

National Rehabilitation Hospital
Eastern Neuro Rehabilitation Hospital
George Washington University Hospital
Howard University Hospital
Georgetown University Hospital
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services
Holy Cross hospital
Department of Veterans Affairs
Kessler Adventist Rehabilitation Services
Montgomery General Hospital
Kaiser Permanente
Laurel Regional Hospital
Manor Care Chevy Chase
Metropolitan Orthopedics and Sports Therapy
Montgomery County Public Schools
Shady Grove Adventist Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
PSI Services, Inc.
Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury
, etc.

Jim Clark, PT,PC

 

Sources of Additional Information

Employment Outlook:
Employment of physical therapist assistants (PTA's) is expected to grow much faster than the average through the year 2008. However, Federal Legislation imposing limits on reimbursement for therapy services may continue to adversely affect the job market for physical therapist assistants in the near term. Because of the effects of these provisions, the majority of expected employment growth for physical therapist assistants is expected to occur in the second half of the projection period.

Over the long run, demand for physical therapist assistants will continue to rise because of the growth in the number of patients with disabilities or limited function. The rapidly growing elderly population is particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require therapeutic services. These patients often need additional assistance in their treatment, making the roles of assistants and aides vital. The large baby-boom generation is entering the prime age for heart attacks and strokes, further increasing the demand for cardiac and physical rehabilitation. Additionally, future medical developments should permit an increased percentage of trauma victims to survive, creating added demand for therapy services.

Preparation
PTA's may be prepared in Associate Degree programs. An Associate of Applied Science Degree program can be completed as a full-time student in two years or can be taken on a part-time basis for general education requirements. Graduates from an Accredited PTA program are eligible to apply to take the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination which is required to practice in Maryland.

While some PTA's may choose to continue their education and become physical therapy students, it is important for the PTA student to understand that the technical courses offered in the PTA program do not necessarily transfer for credit in PT programs.

As part of the educational process, students learn and develop skills in the academic setting and in various clinical settings during the program. Clinical education allows the student to enhance new skills by practicing under the instruction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Now is in a new location

with new :"State of the Art Facility"

7977 GEORGIA AVENUE Suite 239

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Date Reviewed:  Spring 2005awb