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Physical Therapist Assistants
District Of Columbia

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Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

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Currently Employed: 90

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.20 - $30.74

Typical Annual Salary: $35,800 - $63,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
  • Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
  • Perform postural drainage, percussions, or vibrations or teach deep breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Electrotherapy combination units
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Walkers or rollators

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Action games
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software

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