Segments in this Video

Physical Therapy Assistant: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:16)


Martin's main job is to follow the plan of care created by a licensed physical therapist and to assist patients with modalities, gate, exercise, and pain control

Physical Therapy Assistant: Career Beginnings (00:39)

Two weeks of shadowing is required to qualify for the physical therapist assistant program, this is followed by rotations at different facilities.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Keys for Success (00:36)

Patient communication is an important aspect of physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Education and Certification Requirements (01:24)

Martin started with applied science courses. CPR certification is required for this position as well as a license from the state board.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Workplace Atmosphere (01:01)

Physical therapy assistants are able to travel or can belong to a specific hospital.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:53)

Math, science, biology, and physical education courses are important to take for this position. Most hospitals offer volunteer programs.

Physical Therapy Assistant: A Day on the Job (01:15)

A supervising physical therapist relays the patient's plan to the assistants. A variety of patients are seen throughout the day.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Industry Goals and Services (00:40)

A focus on the patient's recovery and independence is the main goal for this career.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Industry Challenges (01:31)

Insurance reimbursement and limiting state laws are the largest challenges faced by physical therapist assistants.

Physical Therapy Assistant: Looking at the Future (00:53)

Pain control and alternatives to pain medications is growing in this position.

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Physical Therapy Assistant—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a physical therapy assistant? In this Career Q&A video interview, Laurie Martin talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success assisting physical therapists. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 11 minutes

Item#: BVL158173

ISBN: 978-1-64347-910-1

Copyright date: ©2018

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