Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) help physical therapists carry out patient treatment plans as selected by a supervising physical therapist. Patients work directly with PTAs on exercises aimed at building strength and flexibility in the joints, bones and muscles. PTAs also assist physical therapists in patient exams and other procedures. Together, the physical therapy team helps people who are in some way disabled to have more mobility and independence in their lives.
Salary Range: $32,640 – $76,940
Salary Notes: The mean salary in Vermont is $52,120.
Where you can study:
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT
New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI
North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT
Quincy College, Plymouth, MA
River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
University of Maine, Presque Isle, ME
Where you might work:
– Clinics – Hospitals – Industrial Health Centers – Nursing Homes – Private Practice – Rehabilitation Centers – Schools – Sports Facilities
Job Outlook: Demand for physical therapist assistants is very high. The trend should continue through 2024 as the population of middle-aged and elderly people increases. It is currently third in the top 20 fastest growing occupations.
Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work should include college prep classes, including math and science. Most physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs lead to an associate of science degree and take two years to complete. PTAs are also required to pass a licensing exam given by the State of Vermont.
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 703-684-2782
Vermont Chapter, APTA 800-765-7848, ext. 7123