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Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, 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. Generally requires formal training.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
    • Document patient information, such as notes on their progress.
    • 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.
    • Instruct patients in proper body mechanics and in ways to improve functional mobility, such as aquatic exercise.
    • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
    • 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.
    • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.
    • Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment.
    • Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans.
    • Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
    • Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
    • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.
    • Prepare treatment areas and electrotherapy equipment for use by physiotherapists.
    • Administer traction to relieve neck or back pain, using intermittent or static traction equipment.
    • Assist patients to dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, or slings.
    • Attend or conduct continuing education courses, seminars, or in-service activities.
    • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, such as crutches.
    • Perform postural drainage, percussions, or vibrations or teach deep breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions.
    • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.
    • Perform therapeutic wound care.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 60720/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 29.19/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 6,120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 970

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Attention to Detail

    Tools

    • Walkers or rollators
    • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
    • Canes or cane accessories
    • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
    • Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods

    Technology

    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Action games
    • Accounting software

    Tags

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.

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