What age do people retire from being a PTA?

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Tammy in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

88 months ago

I'm looking to go back to school to be a PTA, but I am already in my early 30's so will be in my mid 30's when I graduate. I am very physically fit so I feel like I could safely be a PTA till I get in my mid 50's, but what then??? I'd be way to young to retire but too old to keep doing such a physcially demeanding job.

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Old Man in Wichita Falls, Texas

88 months ago

Tammy in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin said: I'm looking to go back to school to be a PTA, but I am already in my early 30's so will be in my mid 30's when I graduate. I am very physically fit so I feel like I could safely be a PTA till I get in my mid 50's, but what then??? I'd be way to young to retire but too old to keep doing such a physcially demeanding job.

I'm 55 and will start PTA school this Fall. I have done a lot of research because of my age. Schools say they have many successful students in their lare 40's to 50's who continue to work into their 60's. Staying physically and mentally fit, taking care of your back, etc. is important. There are many different settings you can work in with varying degrees of physical demand. Also, there are many part time and contract positions that would allow you to reduce your work as you get older. PTA, COTA, nursing, and other fields will keep you working in some capacity as long as you have the capability and license. Nursing will take it's toll on you mentally and physically, COTA may be less strenuous. I live in Texas, and haven't interviewed any PTA who isn't happy with their work, and all get calls weekly from head hunters offering contracts and permanent positions. I hope to work into my mid to late 60's, then part time or contract to stay active.

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Tammy in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

86 months ago

thanks so much

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teacher to pta in West Liberty, Kentucky

86 months ago

Old Man in Wichita Falls, Texas said: I'm 55 and will start PTA school this Fall. I have done a lot of research because of my age. Schools say they have many successful students in their lare 40's to 50's who continue to work into their 60's. Staying physically and mentally fit, taking care of your back, etc. is important. There are many different settings you can work in with varying degrees of physical demand. Also, there are many part time and contract positions that would allow you to reduce your work as you get older. PTA, COTA, nursing, and other fields will keep you working in some capacity as long as you have the capability and license. Nursing will take it's toll on you mentally and physically, COTA may be less strenuous. I live in Texas, and haven't interviewed any PTA who isn't happy with their work, and all get calls weekly from head hunters offering contracts and permanent positions. I hope to work into my mid to late 60's, then part time or contract to stay active.

Thank you for your positive message...I am in my late 40's going into a PTA program (from a teaching background and stay at home mom)...I am feeling being in the PT field encourages me to stay fit and active! I would like to be a good role model for my patients too!

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Old Man in Wichita Falls, Texas

86 months ago

I am doing observation hours, start PTA training in August. I was encouraged to find out about a PTA in this area who retired from a teaching career, and then completed PTA training several years ago. He is a respected PTA who is now 67, and apparently still going strong. (Maybe we still have a few good years left, huh?) -We are training for this profession because we WANT to be here. We could make a good living in another field without all the expense, time, and training effort. Just from my observation time, I enjoy watching people feel better & improve their quality of life. To be a part of that is more satisfaction than I ever saw in 27+ years of corporate B.S.. Good luck to you.

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August97 in Hammond, Indiana

86 months ago

I too am in my early 30's and looking into going back to school to be a PTA. When I was 25, I worked as a receptionist at a PT clinic. On occasion I was given the opportunity to help out with minor things in the clinic. This made me very interested in becoming a PT. That's when some of the therapists told me about PTA training. However, my son was younger then and I knew going back to school was not an option at that time.

So here I am 32, I have a great paying job but it's not something that I want to do for the rest of my life. I love helping people, and I know being a PTA would be very fulfilling. However, I too am thinking I have waited too long.

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June10 in Houston, Texas

77 months ago

I was in Nursing program back to 2007. I drop it due to some family reason. I want to go apply for PTA program. I am 40 and my first language is not English. But I have been in American for nine years and been working always. DO you think all of this will be ok for me? Thanks in advance.

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Sue Sillen in pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

74 months ago

Maryann,

You will be able to work as long as you are able to work! As a massage therapist, you know the importance of taking care of your body. The rigors of PTA clinical rotations will only remind you of that!

From personal experience, I can tell you that as a very recent PTA graduate of 56, you will gain much from being in an environment/classroom with younger people. Be open to what they have to teach you.

More than a few eyebrows were raised when I appeared as a "student intern", especially at a SNF, where some of the patients there were my age! But again, you will learn, as will your teachers, that age is just a number and the life experiences that you bring to the *table* will be respected and valued.

I have had numerous job offers, and as an older therapist,employers know I can be counted on. My work ethic is strong and employers can see that.

Best of luck!

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Older yet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

73 months ago

Well, I am 61 years old and hopefully will be entering PTA program in September. I will be 63 when I graduate. Those are my actual years. I am fit and know that I will be working into my late 60's. In my heart I'm 35. We can do whatever we want to do. Age is not a factor if you are healthy, active and fit.

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Linda in Chattanooga, Tennessee

72 months ago

Older yet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina said: Well, I am 61 years old and hopefully will be entering PTA program in September. I will be 63 when I graduate. Those are my actual years. I am fit and know that I will be working into my late 60's. In my heart I'm 35. We can do whatever we want to do. Age is not a factor if you are healthy, active and fit.

Wow! I'm so glad I came across this forum. I'm 50 and in the best shape of my life. I teach a weight lifting class 2-3 times a week that keeps me fit. I want to enter a PTA program in the Spring of the new year and was wondering if employers would think of hiring someone older. Sounds like it's not a problem as long as you're in shape and have good work athics. Thanks for the great info.

Blessings to all!

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Linda in Chattanooga, Tennessee

72 months ago

I'm 50 and wanting to enter a PTA program this coming Spring. I've been a caregiver for several years and take great interest in the PTA's line of work. I'm in great shape. I teach a weight lifting class 2-3 times a week that keeps me fit. I wanted to know if employers would want to hire someone older but it seems that age is not a big factor. Thanks for the info.

Blessings to all!

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Kathleen

72 months ago

Hi everyone, for all the questions from "mature students", I jsut passed the Boards here in Florida, and lots of positions open for those of us doing this as older grads. The program (and the test) is difficult, but worth it

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jeremiahfredrick in Florida

72 months ago

Kathleen Jeremiah says Hello and isn't it ironic (doesn't surprise me) to see you on here. I say again, congrats!

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L Fields in Charlotte, North Carolina

68 months ago

Thanks for this forum. I will be starting a PTA course for summer semester and hope to complete the Associates program by January 2013. I'm 46 years old and I was hoping I was not too old to start this new career path, this board has given me the hope that this career change is possible. Thanks for the encouragement, I'm ready to do this!!

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Gail in Lake City, Florida

66 months ago

What a refreshing thread! I just turned 54yo and plan to graduate in 2013 with my PTA. I've recently volunteered some hours in the PT clinic at a VA hospital (and realized this IS what I want to do!) and yesterday interviewed for a position as a PT Tech (aide) at an outpatient clinic. Seems my previous nursing background as an LPN (license expired & haven't worked in the field for 20 yr), a short stint working at Curves, AND this volunteer experience have put me in "the running" for this job. I only have A&P I and II plus labs and med terminology to take before applying to the program. I too was concerned about my age, physical ability, etc (even with my gray hair) but so far this hasn't been a deterrant. I figure after I graduate I'll have a good 10 years to give to the profession. Isn't this exciting to have an "encore" career???

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Inquiring Mind in Naples, Florida

54 months ago

As a 50-year-old seriously contemplating entering a PTA program, I was pleased to see these encouraging postings. Eleven months have now gone by since the last post. Just wondering if those who are now pretty far into their PTA program are still feeling positive and happy about their choice.

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Gail in Lake City, Florida

54 months ago

Update. About to turn 55yo and working part-time as a PT Tech for almost a year now and throughly enjoy it. I am fortunate that at this time in my life I don't HAVE to work and am content with just a few hrs a wk at not so great pay. This gives me time to babysit my grandkids and just piddle around the house. I have learned alot by OJT and love inter-acting with the patients. Also I have decided not to pursue the PTA program.
Just don't want to invest the time, money, and energy. BTW...seems us older folks might even have a "leg up" when it comes to being hired. Employers look for life experience and the abilty to communicate well with the patients.

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Inquiring Mind in Naples, Florida

54 months ago

Thanks, Gail, for your update. I'm glad things have worked out well for you and that you have found a way to be involved in the field. Sounds like you have a good balance going. I was badly impacted by the economic downturn and definitely do have to work for as long as I possibly can, so deciding whether to enter the PTA program is a big decision for me. I'm healthy and fit and feel strong, but I am not 25. But as you say, life experience and good communication means a lot, and I do have that! Thanks for noting that, and best of luck!

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kidzpta in Orland Park, Illinois

53 months ago

I am 49 and looking to retire from the PTA field here in Illinois. I am exhausted both mentally and physically and every year gets harder. It is a very stressful job as well. There is always changes and more paperwork! The continuing ed classes are very expensive and take almost a weeks salary. It has become not really worth it for me and the other gals who work with me. Our COTA friends have less stress physically but the rest is the same. I could probably last a few more years as a COTA, wish I had known.

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SPTA no more in Galena, Missouri

51 months ago

Hey Tex,
How did it work out? I'm dieing to hear how the program went and where you found work.
MO

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kungmtz in Houston, Texas

42 months ago

June10 in Houston, Texas said: I was in Nursing program back to 2007. I drop it due to some family reason. I want to go apply for PTA program. I am 40 and my first language is not English. But I have been in American for nine years and been working always. DO you think all of this will be ok for me? Thanks in advance.

Hi, I'm in the same position as you. Droped from nursing school and thinking to do PTA, my Englisg is not my first language also. I Would like to know if you go back to school yet.

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gis in Miami, Florida

42 months ago

Its not worth becoming a PTA anymore, the market is saturated. Schools will tell you otherwise because they need students, but that is the truth.

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bubba in Lake City, Florida

30 months ago

Be careful going onto the PTA program if you are older, especially in your early fifties. My wife has completed her school and has received her license (5 months) in the state of Florida and she has been having troubled getting hired. There have been some comments on her age. All of her class that she graduated with and that have been licensed have already gotten jobs (they are mostly in their twenties). She has just got a part time job (very few hrs 6-10 hrs a month) and the owner commented and teased her in front of another employee that she was an old woman. So don't tell me that there is discrimination in this field. This has been really discouraging for her and she is about at the point of giving up. SO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE OLDER AND WISE PEOPLE BEWARE!

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Cindy in Pennsylvania in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

20 months ago

bubba in Lake City, Florida said: Be careful going onto the PTA program if you are older, especially in your early fifties. My wife has completed her school and has received her license (5 months) in the state of Florida and she has been having troubled getting hired. There have been some comments on her age. All of her class that she graduated with and that have been licensed have already gotten jobs (they are mostly in their twenties). She has just got a part time job (very few hrs 6-10 hrs a month) and the owner commented and teased her in front of another employee that she was an old woman. So don't tell me that there is discrimination in this field. This has been really discouraging for her and she is about at the point of giving up. SO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE OLDER AND WISE PEOPLE BEWARE!

Hello, I read your post and can identify with your wife. I am currently in school for PTA and have just finished my first semester. I am undecided as to whether or not to finish it as I feel there is bias against an older female in this field. I am 54 years old and am told that because of my age I will be limited in the area of work I can do, even though I am physically fit. I don't feel it is worth it to go through all the demands and expense of school to find that employers will view me as limited in my capabilities.

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brendamacias in Phillipsburg, New Jersey

20 months ago

Well, I already have a PTA degree and will be taking a review course from Lake Superior College. Yes I am 57 year old quite fit and am apprehensive about going into the field dominated by youth. We will see what kind welcome I receive should I pass the NJ exam.

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Norma in New York, New York

20 months ago

I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this forum. I was worried about being over 50 pursuing a PTA degree. I am also quite fit being a marathon runner, fitness trainer and cyclist; I would not have a problem with any aspects within the PTA position. I was going to pursue an MOT degree, but I have to look at the long term finances.

I have two questions to ask:
1. I may have an opportunity to study PTA in NJ. If so does that mean I have to take the PTA exam for and in NJ or can I take it in NYC??
2. Re the TEAS V exam prep: I have the flash cards and the text prep book. But does anyone know of a class/course available either in NJ or NYC??

Thank you!!!

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DSpivey in Phoenix, Arizona

9 months ago

I am 63yrs old and going strong as a PTA. I went back to school at 50 and the only comments about my age has just been in jest. I work with a wonderful group of therapists and most are in their 20's. Employers look at your life experience you are bringing to the table and mostly your work ethic. My concern is changing jobs at this age, but as long as I can go, I'll go.

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xboxer in Scottsdale, Arizona

9 months ago

DSpivey in Phoenix, Arizona said: I am 63yrs old and going strong as a PTA. I went back to school at 50 and the only comments about my age has just been in jest. I work with a wonderful group of therapists and most are in their 20's. Employers look at your life experience you are bringing to the table and mostly your work ethic. My concern is changing jobs at this age, but as long as I can go, I'll go.

I don't know how anyone can "just retire".
It's hard to save these days.
Even if you abstain from the fluff, the bars, casinos, drinking, vacations, luxury items, and live cheap, it's still hard.
Most employers don't give health insurance or any time of 401K, etc. now, so it's all on you.
If people think they are going to live off SS, they should think twice.

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xboxer in Scottsdale, Arizona

9 months ago

Cindy in Pennsylvania in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania said: Hello, I read your post and can identify with your wife. I am currently in school for PTA and have just finished my first semester. I am undecided as to whether or not to finish it as I feel there is bias against an older female in this field. I am 54 years old and am told that because of my age I will be limited in the area of work I can do, even though I am physically fit. I don't feel it is worth it to go through all the demands and expense of school to find that employers will view me as limited in my capabilities.

Medical imaging is like this too. Very physically demanding, few breaks if any, and it's hard mentally too.
People only see a small window when they see someone working in a field, they don't know all the things you do that are taxing all day long.

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DSpivey in Phoenix, Arizona

9 months ago

I went back to school at 50,and I had no problem getting hired. If you have knowledge and are not afraid of work you should not have any trouble. Maybe consider geriatric field, I love it. Hope this has been helpful.

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Mandy in Sugar Land, Texas

6 months ago

Hi Brenda,
I currently have a PTA degree from Michigan and in order to refresh the course I also looked into Lake Superior College refresh course. I would like to find out if that helped you before taking the state licensing exam? Is the prigram online?Did you have to pay as an out of state student fees?
I'm in my early 40's,physically fit and graduated as PTA in 1992. Need to go back to working again after a long gap.Am looking for a path to refresh and take TX state licensing exam. I do know that Giles/Scorebuilders PTA exam review books are most helpful. Pls.let me know a bit more about the refresh program at Lake Superior College.
Thanks for any tips.

brendamacias in Phillipsburg, New Jersey said: Well, I already have a PTA degree and will be taking a review course from Lake Superior College . Yes I am 57 year old quite fit and am apprehensive about going into the field dominated by youth. We will see what kind welcome I receive should I pass the NJ exam.

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Mark in Buffalo, New York

4 months ago

People don't retire in America anymore. They either hit the lotto, get hit and sue and win, or work until they're dead.

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cece5 in New York, New York

24 days ago

Kathleen said: Hi everyone, for all the questions from "mature students", I jsut passed the Boards here in Florida, and lots of positions open for those of us doing this as older grads. The program (and the test) is difficult, but worth it

Hi! Thank You for your encouragement! I am 41 and Im really torn wether to do the PT or PTA. I really would rather the PT as it will be my last career change and I hope to retire in it. Do you know anyone getting into the PT program late in life? I know its a Doctorate program.
Any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated. i live in NYC so also wondering is it better to go out of State. Fastest cheapest ways. Also if I do go in for the PT program long haul, is their any work related I can get into along the way ?

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