May assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist.

A Typical Day

  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
 

Recommended Credentials

Associate Degree and receive a certification on National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Physical Therapy Assistant Program - Baker College

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health

Pathway 2

Associates in Physical Therapy Assistant -

Baker College

Pathway 3

Become a Full Physical Therapist with the

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - 

Western Michigan University

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

  • Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA)
  • Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA)
  • Outpatient Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant and Nurse Aide
 

10-Year Job Growth Projections

14.3%
10-County Region
7%
Michigan
33%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

90
In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$38,080
$58,310 
$62,730

Annual Hires Regionally

35
In 2021

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