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Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical therapist assistants help physical therapists and perform various tasks under their direction. They assist physical therapists working with patients recovering from serious injuries and illnesses, including cerebral palsy, back injuries, head injuries, knee injuries, and strokes.

Working Conditions
Physical therapist assistants usually work 5 day weeks during normal business hours. Some are required to work nights and weekends, especially those employed at private clinics and outpatient facilities.

Working as a physical therapist assistant can be physically fatiguing. They frequently stand for hours at a time, lift heavy loads, crouch, and kneel.

Career Training and Education
To qualify for physical therapist assistant positions, you must earn an associate's degree from an accredited school. In the majority of states, physical therapist assistants must be licensed to assist patients. Licensing requirements differ by state.

Additional information about physical therapist assistant careers can be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
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