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Do you have to have a degree to a physical therapy assistant?

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Ralph Lopez on April 28, 2018

The following is written by and according to the Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for physical therapist Assistants and Aides. The majority of the attendees of physical therapy are trained on the job, while almost all physical therapist assistants earn an associate degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program. Most States require licensing for physical therapist assistants. The education and training. Employers typically require physical therapy aides to have a high school diploma. They are trained on the job, and most employers provide clinical on-the-job training. In most States, physical therapist assistants are required by law to maintain an associate degree. The American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education accredits postsecondary physical therapy assistant programs. In 2009, there were 223 accredited programs, which usually last 2 years and culminate in an associate degree. The programs are divided into academic coursework and hands-on clinical experience. Academic coursework includes algebra, English, anatomy and physiology, and psychology. Clinical work includes certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, and field experience in treatment centers. Both educators and prospective employers view clinical experience as essential to ensure that students understand the responsibilities of a physical therapist assistant. Licensing. Licensing is not required for the practice of the physical therapy assistant. However, most States regulate physical therapist assistants through licensure, registration, or certification. Most States require physical therapist assistants to graduate from an accredited education program and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination. Some States may require physical therapy assistants to pass State tests. Many States also require continuing education credits for physical therapist assistants to maintain licensure. Complete information on regulations can be obtained from State licensing boards. Other qualifications. Physical therapist assistants and aides should be well-organized, detail-oriented and careful. They should be able to take direction and work well in a team. They usually have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to help the people in need. Advancement. Some physical therapist aides advance to become therapist assistants after gaining experience and completing an accredited education program. Some physical therapist assistants advance their knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical areas after graduation. The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes physical therapist assistants who have gained additional skills in geriatric, pediatric, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Physical therapist assistants may also advance in non-clinical areas, like administrative positions. These positions might include organizing all the assistants in a large physical therapy organization or acting as a director of a specific department such as aquatic therapy. Physical therapist assistants may also pursue a career in teaching at an accredited physical therapist assistant academic program. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (u.s. Department of Labor) indicated directly below this answer section.


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