Physical therapist assistants work with physical therapists doing a variety of rehabilitative tasks. Under the supervision of the therapist, the assistant helps with therapy to improve patient mobility, relieve pain, and limit permanent physical disabilities.
Research online for free information regarding physical therapy assistant programs. While they learn on the job, assistants usually acquire an associate's degree from an accredited physical therapy assistant program. Some states even require a license to practice as a physical therapy assistant.
The best college programs are designed as half academic study with the other half consisting of hands on clinical experience. The curriculum is designed including the following classes:
- Anatomy and physiology
- CPR and first aid
After the academic section, the clinical degree work is considered essential to making sure the students understand physical therapy assistant responsibilities.
Physical assistant programs are accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association. Free information regarding the more than 200 programs they've accredited is available online.