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Physical Therapist Assistants - 31-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA)
  • Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA)
  • Outpatient Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Per Diem Physical Therapist Assistant (Per Diem PTA)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant and Nurse Aide
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
  • Physical Therapy Technician (Physical Therapy Tech)
  • Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, such as crutches.
  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.
  • 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.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms.
  • Perform postural drainage, percussions, or vibrations or teach deep breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions.
  • Prepare treatment areas and electrotherapy equipment for use by physiotherapists.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist patients with daily activities.
  • Attend educational events to update medical knowledge.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
  • Communicate patient status to other health practitioners.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities.
  • Fit patients for assistive devices.
  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
  • Monitor medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents.
  • Prepare patient treatment areas for use.
  • Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients.
  • Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Physical Medicine Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Physical Therapist Assistant