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Physical Therapist Aides
District Of Columbia

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Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

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Currently Employed: 80

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.52 - $16.89

Typical Annual Salary: $26,000 - $35,100

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

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

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, or assist patients practicing exercises or functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
  • Record treatment given and equipment used.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, or heat, light, sound, water, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
  • Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Measure patient's range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
  • Schedule patient appointments with physical therapists and coordinate therapists' schedules.
  • Observe patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patients' responses and progress and report to physical therapist.

tools & technology

  • Blood pressure cuff kits
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support
  • Wheelchairs

  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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