How to Hire a Physical Therapy Assistant

Does your growing business need a physical therapy assistant? A physical therapy assistant work under the direct supervision of experienced physical therapists and treat patients with conditions that restrict physical movements.

Here are some tips to help you find great physical therapy assistant candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $14.82 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$39.80 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Physical Therapy Assistant?

A Physical Therapy Assistant should have proper license to treat patients with restricted mobility. Some of the essential traits of a successful Physical Therapy Assistants are being cared, compassionate and a great counselor.

• Thoroughly examine the conditions of the patient, plan and implement customized components of care based on the criticality of the disease and monitor the progress
• Design exercise regime for the patients, instruct them to follow it in step by step manner and counsel and motivate them for better output
• Perform continuous research related to reducing symptoms, prevent potential injuries, recommend corrective measures and modify treatment procedures accordingly

Skills to look for in a great Physical Therapy Assistant

A competent Physical Therapy Assistant work as an accurate guide of the patients. They empathize, care, plan, counsel and implement for the improved physical condition of the patients.

• Associate Degree in Physical Therapy
• Valid license as a Physical Therapy Assistant
• At least 3 to 4 years of experience in a similar role
• Should have CPR and First Aid certifications
• Must be caring, compassionate and understanding towards patients’ needs
• Hands on experience with physiotherapy, therapeutic exercises and other healing techniques

Writing a Physical Therapy Assistant job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Physical Therapy Assistant candidates. A Physical Therapy Assistant job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Physical Therapy Assistant jobs, such as:

• Physical Therapy Assistant
• Lead Physical Therapy Assistant
• Physical Therapy Assistant (Outpatient Rehab)

Interviewing Physical Therapy Assistant candidates

An expert Physical Therapy Assistant should be valued more for his physical therapy techniques, hands-on experience and exposure in working with the patients having different conditions. The interview process here should be more guided towards determining his practical skill set rather than judging only on theoretical knowledge.

• Examples of successfully applying the latest research on physical therapy
• Knowledge of a variety of exercises
• How have they stage wise implemented selected components of care and training to improve a patient’s condition?

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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