Are you a caring person who has a desire to help other people, and you have great communicational, organizational, and listening skills, then you should consider becoming a physical therapist assistant.
Physical therapist assistants work in clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, health care centers, etc. Their duties are to assist a physical therapist during the examination of patients, and determining which kind of therapy is the best for them. Assistants are also required to keep the rooms for patients’ treatments prepared, clean and neat. They are also responsible for the preparation of the equipment necessary for the treatments. During the treatments they should assist their patients and help them to get into the right position for the treatment. They are expected to explain them the process of their treatment and help them understand the exercises that they should perform, and assistants do that all in order to make their patients feel better. Every single aspect of the therapies that are prescribed to them is aimed at the improvement of patients’ conditions which are caused by different ailments that prevent them from normal functioning.
If you feel that you are ready to deal with the all responsibilities of such a demanding job, and with everyday stressful situations; if you feel prepared to do a hard job full of action, then you should inform yourself well what the process of becoming a physical therapist assistant requires from you. You should first get acquainted with all the facts and details about physical therapy assistant programs because you must get a proper training and education before even thinking to start such career. If you decide to take online lessons, make sure that the course that you have chosen is accredited correctly.
But, before enrolling in some physical therapy assistant program, you need to have some level of college education. Most programs for physical therapy assistants last around two years and involve some job placement and work experience. Work experience means learning how to use equipment which is essential for therapies such as walkers, chair lifts, patient care beds, therapeutic balls, and prosthetic devices, learning how to deal with patients and how to perform the process of their treatment. During that time you will learn some basic skills and get both class work and clinical training.
Beside some basic life saving skills, there you will also acquire many other, and you will learn how to use certain computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, software for bookkeeping and medical softwares which include BioEX Systems Exercise Pro and TherAssist.
When you complete successfully all that is required from you, you will get your licence for work and then you can apply for a position of a physical therapist assistant. But, even when you get your desired job, many years will pass until you become fully capable of dealing with so much stress, and to meet properly all demands of your job. It is true that the career of a physical therapist assistant is very nice and rewarding, but it is also one of the most difficult.