Physical Therapist Assistants :

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $55,950.00
Average Time to Fill 60 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 3,674
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 32.03 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Customer Service
Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Resource Allocation
Conflict Management

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Administer rehabilitation interventions
Provide physical therapy to patients or clients
Apply traction to patients
Massage patient or client
Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids
Monitor fit of prosthetic or selected medical support devices
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables
Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities
Fit medical supportive devices
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Feed food to individuals
Develop treatment plans
Develop patient therapy programs
Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety
Treat medical condition of patient
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Therapeutic Exercise
Function and Independence Facilitation
Nursing Home
Rehabilitation Services

Related Licensing Requirements

Temporary PTA Permit (18-0000000096)

844 IAC 6-3-5 Temporary permits Sec. 5. (a) For applicants for licensure by endorsement, the committee may not issue more than two (2) temporary permits to an applicant for a license as a physical therapist or a certificate as a physical therapist's assistant where the applicant submits verification of a valid license to practice physical therapy or a valid certificate to act as a physical therapist's assistant from another jurisdiction and meets the requirements of section 1(1) through 1(4) and 1(7) of this rule, except where the applicant has graduated from an educational program in another state, country, or territory, not approved by the committee. (b) For recent graduates, the committee may issue not more than two (2) temporary permits to an applicant for a license as a physical therapist or a certificate as a physical therapist's assistant who is a graduate of an approved physical therapy program or an approved physical therapist's assistant program that meets the standards set by the committee and who has applied for and been approved by the committee to take the examination for which the applicant has applied for licensure or certification. (c) A candidate for a license as a physical therapist or for a certificate as a physical therapist's assistant holding a temporary permit under this section shall only work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist and shall report to the committee, on a form provided by the committee, the name of the facility and supervising physical therapists.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Physical Therapy Committee (3172342051)

Physical Therapy Assistant (18-0000000050)

In order to obtain cerification as a physical therapist's assistant in Indiana, the candidate must: Have graduated from a 2-year college-level education program for physical therapist's assistants that meets the standards set by the committee. Pass the examination administered by the committee. Have not been convicted of a crime nor have been subject to disciplinary sanctions that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Pay all exam and application fees. Certificates are renewed in even-numbered years. More detailed information, including application materials and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Physical Therapy Committee.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Physical Therapy Committee (3172342051)

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