Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) help physical therapists in their daily activities which include assisting patients during rehabilitation. Their patients include accident victims and clients with such conditions as burns, amputations, stroke, vertigo, low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy. Physical therapist assistants must earn an associate’s degree in physical therapist assisting in order to practice. Currently there are over 250 accredited physical therapist assistant programs in the country. Curriculum varies from program to program, but in addition to the theory and practice of physical therapy, you’ll probably study the basic medical sciences and other general education courses. You’ll also gain plenty of hands-on experience in a clinical internship.
Publish date: January 3, 2009