Physical Therapy

What Does a Physical Therapy Assistant Do?

Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) provide physical therapy under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist to help patients regain range of motion and movement after an injury or illness. PTA’s work with a prescribed series of exercises to assist the patient in achieving goals to regain physical ability. They help set up equipment that facilitates the patient’s treatment, including weights, rollers, bicycles, exercise balls, and more. An upbeat personality and a desire to care for others is important to help reinforce hope and encouragement to the patient. Physical stamina is also needed, to assist patients with the exercise regimen.

PTA’s work in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, home visits, nursing and rehabilitation centers.


  • Associate degree from an accredited PTA program, technical or community college
  • Licensure by the state

Schools for Physical Therapy Assistants

Online training is available in this field. Click here to find an accredited program by state.



As the population ages and continues to live active lifestyles, the demand for Physical Therapy Assistants is increasing, making it one of the most desired careers at this time.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field will increase by approximately 26% between 2018 and 2028.

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