Physical Therapist AidesPhysical Therapist Aides work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to provide help when a patient is receiving treatment.
They prepare patients by helping them dress and undress and by putting on and taking off supports and other helpful devices.
They put patients into therapy equipment and supports and turn and keep them stable during treatment.
Because they are not licensed, Aides do not perform the clinical tasks of a physical therapist assistant.
They give water treatments, paraffin baths, and apply hot and cold packs. In addition, they keep track of patients' condition during treatment and report signs of tiredness, distress or other problems.
They take patients to and from treatment centers, using proper techniques according to the patients' condition.
Aides change bed sheets and pillowcases, keep treatment supplies in order, clean treatment areas, and sterilize or disinfect equipment and instruments.
Clerical duties include ordering supplies, filing medical records, and delivering messages.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Clinical on-the-job-training.
- Strong verbal and writing skills.
- Ability to read and follow instructions.
- Desire to help others.
- Fingerprint clearance may be required by employer.
- Physical Therapist Aides Median hourly wage: $12.04
- Average annual wage: $28,582
- Estimated number of Physical Therapist Aides in 2002: 4,200
- Estimated number of Physical Therapist Aides in 2012: 6,800
- Estimated annual job openings: 330
Possible Career Paths for Physical Therapist Aides include becoming a: