Physical Therapist Assistant Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Physical Therapist Assistant, or Physical Therapy Aide, is in charge of helping patients complete physical therapy exercises based on instruction and directions from an attending Physical Therapist and their treatment plans. Their duties include giving therapeutic massages, instructing patients on how to complete exercises and recording the results of a session.

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Physical Therapist Assistant duties and responsibilities

Physical Therapist Assistants work closely with patients to help them recover from injuries. A few of the most common duties and responsibilities required of Physical Therapist Assistants include:

  • Help patients stretch and exercise certain muscle groups
  • Read instructions from Physical Therapist
  • Work directly with Physical Therapist to assist patients
  • Speak with families to find best at-home techniques
  • Keep physical therapy clean and organized
  • Move patients from wheelchairs or walkers to physical therapy area
  • Complete administrative tasks, like scheduling appointments and filing paperwork
  • Teach patients techniques like balance training

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Description Examples:


Physical Therapist Assistant

We are a rapidly growing home health agency. We are looking for a therapists to see patients in one of in Chicago and surrounding communities.

Join the fight against Covid!

We are servicing Non Covid, Covid Positive, and PUI cases in their homes to free up space in the hospitals

PPEs provided!!!

Coverage Areas

  • Elgin

  • Cook

  • Woodstock

  • Mchenry

  • Harvard

  • Rockford

  • Belvidere

  • Lake County

  • Mchenry County

  • Kane County

  • Cook County

  • Dupage County

  • Kankakee County

    We have immediate openings!

    Physical Therapists

    Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

    Part Time/ Per Need Basis (PRN) Therapists are encouraged to apply.

    We prefer therapists who have experience in a Home Health setting but not required.

    We are looking forward to employing people who share our passion in ensuring that our patients receive the care they need and deserve. We need individuals to join our team who are like us, committed to helping all those who can benefit from the services we provide. Maxicare always strives to maintain competitive benefits for all its employees as part of our total compensation package.

    Benefits: (Part Time or Per Need Basis (PRN))

  • Time and Location Flexibility

  • Decide how many patients you want to accept or decline

  • Opportunity for Full Time based on Performance

    Be A Part of Our Team!

    Job Type: Part-time

    Job Types: Part-time, Contract

    Salary: $50.00 to $70.00 /hour


  • Physical Therapy State License (Required)

    Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

    Additional Compensation:

  • Other forms

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote


  • Home Visit
  • ×

    Physical Therapist Assistant


    Physical Therapist/ Physical Therapist Assistant


  • Assures all clients receive scheduled therapy treatments and documents therapy visit or reasons for inability to attend therapy session

  • Assesses patients for functional limitations or needs related to diagnosis.

  • Instructs and supervises the patient/family and home health aide (and others) in the home exercise program and other aspects of patient care as appropriate and documents their response to instruction.

  • Performs active, passive and or restive therapeutic exercises

  • Ability to make decisions with minimum supervision

  • Submits completed clinical documentation in accordance with agency policies.

  • Effective communication skills with patients, and office staff


  • Valid license

  • One year of experience as a therapist

  • One year of experience working in home health

  • Punctual and effective communication

  • Computer knowledge

  • Automobile, Automobile Insurance

  • Laptop/Tablet/Phone with working internet

    Job Types: Full-time, Contract

    Salary: $30,000.00 to $95,000.00 /hour


  • home health: 1 year (Preferred)

  • physical therapy: 1 year (Preferred)

    Contract Length:

  • More than 1 year

  • Varies

    Contract Renewal:

  • Likely

    Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture

  • Stable -- traditional, stable, strong processes

  • People-oriented -- supportive and Team-oriented -- cooperative and
  • ×

    Physical Therapist Assistant

    Integrated Pain Management (IPM) offers a full complement of pain therapies, from highly specialized interventional treatments, to the most sophisticated interdisciplinary pathways and programs. We address one of the most complex and challenging problems in our society, chronic pain. Our center is committed to providing the highest level of patient service. From its inception, our clinicians have placed an emphasis on providing medical services that make sense from the patients’ perspective. IPM has disseminated its expertise in pain management by increasing its sphere of influence through geographic expansion and education through publications, lectures and teaching.

    We are seeking a full-time or part-time Physical Therapist Assistant to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to evaluate and treat patients in our Sacramento, CA clinic. Across the IPM family our clinical teams include Physicians, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, Licensed Clinical Counselors, Nurse Practitioners, Art Therapists and Personal Trainers. We are in the process of assembling a team to meet the rehabilitation needs of our community to include a Functional Restoration Program and delivery of individualized physical therapy care. We use an educationally based biopsychosocial treatment model to teach patients transferable skills for managing chronic pain conditions. The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Knowledge of pain neuroscience including the ability to educate patients with chronic pain conditions

  • Strong orthopedic assessment and treatment skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as autonomously

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Certification

  • An attitude of excellence in providing quality patient care

    We offer:

  • Competitive salary

  • Continuing Education stipend

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Vacation and sick time

  • Paid holidays

    Job Type: Full-time/Part-time

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $20.00 to $35.00 /hour


  • Phyiscal Therapist Assistant: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Physical Therapist Assistant (Preferred)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Workplace Setting:

  • Private Practice


  • Monday to No Day shift
  • What does a Physical Therapist Assistant do?

    Physical Therapist Assistants work under the guidance of certified Physical Therapists to provide supportive patient care to people recovering from illnesses and injuries. They talk to the Physical Therapist about each patient’s condition and what treatments they will assist with during their session. They are responsible for staging the treatment area with the appropriate exercise equipment and adaptive tools for each session, sanitizing the area, removing potential hazards and making sure there is enough space to complete the treatment.

    They also perform administrative tasks like scheduling appointments, updating patient records and providing family members or caregivers with information and resources.

    Physical Therapist Assistant skills and qualifications

    PTAs need certain skills and qualifications to succeed, including:

    • Physical strength and stamina
    • Ability to lift patients and help them move
    • Ability to read and execute detailed instructions
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication
    • Compassion and empathy
    • Good attention to detail
    • Solid knowledge of anatomy
    • Knowledge of PT stretches and exercises

    Physical Therapist Assistant salary expectations

    A Physical Therapist Assistant makes an average of $22.78 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location. 

    Physical Therapist Assistant education and training requirements

    PTAs need at least an associate degree in physical therapy education from an accredited institution. These programs last two years and include a mix of classroom instruction and clinical training. Clinical training involves working under close supervision of a Physical Therapist with real patients. After earning an associate degree, PTAs are required to earn a license or certification, which involves passing the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants. Most employers also require PTAs to have first aid/CPR certifications. Clinics that work with specific types of patients often provide on-the-job training as well. 

    Physical Therapist Assistant experience requirements

    Entry-level PTAs usually don’t need experience since they get training during their programs. For employers who need a Physical Therapist Assistant to work with a specific set of clients, some related experience is necessary. Senior PTAs should have at least five years of experience. 

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    Frequently asked questions about Physical Therapist Assistants


    What is the difference between a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Physical Therapist?

    Physical Therapist Assistants serve a support role for Physical Therapists, who have professional degrees and more extensive certification requirements. Physical Therapists are responsible for examining patients, giving them a diagnosis and deciding which treatments would be most appropriate for helping that patient heal and recover. Physical Therapists also determine the timeline of different treatments and adjust the plan to include increasingly difficult exercises or stretches as the patient’s abilities grow. 

    Physical Therapist Assistants follow this plan and help the Physical Therapist manage multiple patients by assisting during sessions. They might act as a liaison between the Physical Therapist and the patient to discuss their progress and answer questions about their condition.


    What are the daily duties of a Physical Therapist Assistant?

    Physical Therapist Assistants plan out the patient schedule each day and confirm appointments to make sure that the Physical Therapist and patient are both available. They guide new patients through intake, providing them with forms and surveys to assess their physical state before helping the Physical Therapist teach them new exercises and therapy techniques. They can help people re-learn how to walk, improve their balance, increase their flexibility and decrease pain levels when moving. Physical Therapist Assistants prepare instructional materials for patients to use as a guide after their appointment to maintain their progress until the next session.


    What are the qualities of a good Physical Therapist Assistant?

    Good Physical Therapist Assistants need to have the right attitude and skills to overcome challenging situations and work with all kinds of patients. They should have the patience, compassion and empathy to interact with patients experiencing serious hardships. They need to be able to stay calm and positive even when patients get frustrated or upset about their injury or ability to make progress. 

    Good Physical Therapist Assistants are also very perceptive and can notice when a patient is experiencing unusual pain and discomfort or exhibiting symptoms of a possible complication. They are great at following routines and helping others form new habits through dedication and support.


    What are the types of Physical Therapist Assistants?

    Physical Therapist Assistants can work in specialty physical therapy practices that treat certain kinds of patients or conditions. Each specialty uses different types of equipment and treatments that the Physical Therapist Assistant will employ as part of their work. Pediatric Physical Therapist Assistants, for example, work with children and apply adapted therapy exercises to accommodate their growing bodies. Other types of Physical Therapist Assistants are Geriatric Physical Therapy Aides, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Assistants, Pulmonary Physical Therapist Assistants and Neurological Physical Therapist Assistants.

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