A physical therapy technician’s main job is to assist patients with exercise when they need to get their mobility back. They work in a hospital, and they usually do outpatient care. They have to be good at greeting patients and need to have a caring personality. They coach patients about what to do when they exercise and how to set an exercise schedule.
They mainly work indoors, but they may also do outpatient services. They usually work in a physical therapy room, which is a lot like an exercise room. They work mainly with other physical therapy technicians, but they also work with surgeons to deal with injuries and bone fractures.
As far as job requirements, these therapists basically need some form of medical training, and they also need to have at least one year of physical therapy training. Physical therapists need to be patient and sociable. They need to have at least a high school diploma. They will need to assist patients with stretching exercises and modalities, schedule appointments, contact patients to remind them of appointments, keep the clinic organized, tidy, and clean, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. They need to stay focused on attention to detail.
Physical Therapy Technician Tasks
Prepare, clean and maintain work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or assistant perform select tasks in preparing the patient and administering treatment therapy.
Perform clerical duties; take inventory, order and stock supplies, answer telephone, take messages and complete forms.
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.