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Physical Therapy (PT) Aide

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Description of  PT Aide

Physical Therapy Aides work under the supervision of a physical (PT) therapist or physical therapy assistant (PTA).  Treating a patient may include a variety of interventions by the PT or PTA including therapeutic exercises, functional training in both self-care and work reintegration, use of adaptive equipment, wound management, and the use of physical agents to aid the patient.
A PT Aide prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols, and may prepare patients for physical therapy treatment by welcoming, comforting, providing and/or assisting patient into physical therapy apparel or apertures.

Note: Unlike a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant, a PT aide does not provide direct patient care, but he or she helps enable treatment by providing support for those who do.

PT Aide Work Settings and Populations Served

Physical Therapist Aides can:

  • Work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics
  • Work in a residential setting or in a person’s home
  • Work in schools, colleges, athletic organizations
  • Work with people of all ages and abilities

Hiring Requirements

Will vary by hiring agency/employer



High school graduate





A person who is working as an OT Aide can move into the following positions with additional education:

Health Services:

  • LPN
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Nursing Degree