Where Do Physical Therapy Assistants Work?

A physical therapy assistant (PTA) is a rewarding career that changes lives. You will work directly under a physical therapist to improve the patient’s mobility and reduce chronic pain. One of the most beneficial aspects of working as a PTA is the flexible work environment. Let’s look at the most asked questions surrounding where physical therapy assistants work.

What is the most common healthcare setting for PTA work?

The majority of physical therapy assistant jobs are in a hospital setting. In fact, most hospitals have an overabundance of physical therapy needs. Moreover, hospitals offer full-time, part-time, and per diem work hours for PTAs. You might also have to work emergency hours during holidays or the weekend in a hospital setting.

Do PTAs work in doctor’s offices?

Yes, most established doctor’s offices offer physical therapy sessions. You will typically work with existing patients over weeks or months.

What do PTAs do in nursing homes or extended living communities?

Physical therapy is a perfect way to build muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. Seniors are at an incredibly high risk for falls, and physical therapy is preventative. You might also find yourself helping a patient learn to use a walker or cane. 

Can you work in a physical therapist’s private practice?

If a private practice has enough patients, a physical therapist might hire a PTA. 

What is the most lucrative environment for a PTA?

At home services will provide the highest paying salary for physical therapy assistants. However, this will require you to drive to your patient’s residency.

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