What does a Physical Therapy Aide do?

Physical therapy aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recovering from injuries and illness as they regain movement and manage their pain. They are involved with patients’ direct care and often perform tasks directly related to patient care, including cleaning and setting up a treatment area, clerical duties, and moving patients.

Physical therapy aides observe a patient before, during, and after their therapy. While doing this they take notes about the patient’s status and report it to a physical therapist. Their work consists of helping patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care, and they treat patients using various techniques which could include massage or stretching. Physical therapy aides treat patients through exercise, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Clerical tasks they may be expected to take on might include ordering supplies, scheduling sessions, and completing insurance forms. Physical therapy aides need a minimum associate's degree from an accredited program and a license or certification. In the program, coursework must be completed in subjects including anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. All states also require physical therapists to be licensed or certified.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Physical Therapy Aide Salaries

Average Base Pay

£26,267 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £26K
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Physical Therapy Aide Career Path

Learn how to become a Physical Therapy Aide, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Pivot Physical TherapyPivot Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Technician
10 Feb 2020

“If you have a fun friendly clinic your day to day life will be great!”

ATI Physical TherapyATI Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Technician
5 Mar 2021

“compensation is not dependent on how well you do your job or how long youve been there.”

Oxford Physical Therapy CentersOxford Physical Therapy Centers
Physical Therapy Technician
13 May 2021

“Gained lots of great knowledge working here that helped me as I continued on in my career.”

Embassy HealthcareEmbassy Healthcare
Rehabilitation Technician
29 Sep 2020

“Grateful to be able to grab this amazing opportunity of working with passionate healthcare providers.”

Foothills Sports MedicineFoothills Sports Medicine
Physical Therapy Aide
17 Jan 2021

“Great work environment and fun and I love my coworkers”

Buena Vida Physical Therapy & Wellness
Physical Therapy Technician
5 Oct 2021

“Awesome and outgoing staff to work with.”

Markson Chiropractic
Physical Therapy Assistant
31 Mar 2020

“Excellent hours and salary.”

Summit Rehabilitation and Care Community
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
9 Sep 2021

“Clean and nice people to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a physical therapy aide

When working as a physical therapy aide, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, Exercises, English Language, Effective Communication and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

The most similar professions to physical therapy aide are:
  • Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Behavior Therapist

The most common qualifications to become a physical therapy aide is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.