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Role of the PTA
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled technical health care worker who implements treatment programs under the direction and delegation of the Physical Therapist. Some duties of the PTA include reading patients' charts; transferring patients; applying physical agents such as heat, cold and electrical stimulation to specific muscles; instructing patients in functional skills; and observing and reporting changes in a patient's condition to the Physical Therapist.
Physical Therapist Assistants work in settings where Physical Therapists are employed. PTAs work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, school systems and other qualified agencies.
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