Physical Therapy Aide

Physical therapist aides (PTAs), Physical therapy assistants and physical therapy aides work under the direction of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries regain movement and manage pain. Most states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapist program. Physical therapy aides generally have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training. Physi-cal therapy aides employ a unique combination of skills—physical strength and the sensitivity to offer physical assistance compassionately. Physical therapy aides are the ones at the ready to assist patients in and out of the therapy area of a clinic, offering aid.

Applicants who are not beyond the compulsory school age must have earned a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma.