CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Physical Therapist Assistants

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training. Instruct, motivate, safeguard and assist patients as they practice exercises and functional activities.
Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment.
Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, such as crutches.
Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices.
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements.
Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment.
Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment.
Assist patients to dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, and slings.
Administer traction to relieve neck and back pain, using intermittent and static traction equipment.
Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.
Prepare treatment areas and electrotherapy equipment for use by physiotherapists.
Perform postural drainage, percussions and vibrations, and teach deep breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions.
Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress, and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes.
Administer active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, and heat, light, sound, and electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
Communicate with or instruct caregivers and family members on patient therapeutic activities and treatment plans.
Attend or conduct continuing education courses, seminars, or in-service activities.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Accounting software Accounting software
Arena Health Systems Phys-X Medical software
Beaver Creek Software The THERAPIST Medical software
Billing software Accounting software
BioEx Systems Exercise Pro Medical software
Bookkeeping software Accounting software
Client caseload management software Medical software
Eazy Application Systems QuickEMR Medical software
Email software Electronic mail software
FileMaker Pro software Data base user interface and query software
Knees Software PT DocTools Medical software
Laboratory information system LIS software Medical software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
PhysioGraphic Medical software
PhysioTools Tools RG Medical software
Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite Medical software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
SpectraSoft AppointmentsPRO Calendar and scheduling software
SpectraSoft DocuPRO Medical software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Summit Software CarePoint Medical software
TherAssist Medical software
Video game software Action games
Virtual reality game software Action games
Word processing software Word processing software
dBase Data base user interface and query software
Above-the-knee prosthetics Lower extremity prosthetic devices
Ankle-foot orthotics Orthotics or foot care products
Arm prosthetics Upper extremity prosthetic devices
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
Back braces Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods
Balance beams Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
Balance boards Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
Below-the-knee prosthetics Lower extremity prosthetic devices
Blood pressure cuffs Blood pressure cuff kits
Body-fat calipers Skinfold calipers
Cardiac monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
Cervical traction equipment Head or neck traction supplies
Cold packs Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
Continuous passive motion CPM equipment Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Electromyography EMG biofeedback equipment Electromyography EMG units or accessories
Ergometers Work tables or stations or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Exercise trampolines Exercise trampolines
Free weights Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Front-wheel walkers Walkers or rollators
Functional electrical stimulation FES equipment Neuromuscular stimulators or kits
Gait belts Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy
Goniometers Goniometers
Hand grips Wrist exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Hemi walkers Walkers or rollators
Hi-lo manipulation tables Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy
High-voltage Galvanic stimulation machines Galvanic or faradic stimulators
Hoyer lifts Patient lifts or accessories
Hydrotherapy pools Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
Inclinometers Physiological recorders
Interferential electrical stimulation machines Electrotherapy combination units
Intermittent compression units Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing
Iontopheresis equipment Electrotherapy combination units
Knee braces Knee braces or hinged knee supports
Lavage hydrotherapy equipment Hydrotherapy bath or tank accessories
Lower-body isokinetic machines Lower body resistance machines
Massage equipment Electric vibrators for rehabilitation or therapy
Mechanical percussors Chest percussors
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Medical nasal cannulae Medical nasal cannulae
Medicine balls Therapeutic balls or accessories
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Paraffin baths Therapeutic paraffin baths or accessories
Parallel bars Parallel bars for rehabilitation or therapy
Patient positioning devices Positioning devices
Pelvic traction equipment Pelvis or back traction supplies
Personal computers Personal computers
Pick-up walkers Walkers or rollators
Platform walkers Walkers or rollators
Plumb lines Plumb bobs
Portable oxygen equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
Posture grids Patient height rulers
Powder boards Powder boards for rehabilitation or therapy
Protective gowns Medical staff isolation or cover gowns
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
Quad canes Canes or cane accessories
Reachers Reachers for the physically challenged
Reciprocating walkers Walkers or rollators
Reflex hammers Reflex hammers or mallets
Roto beds Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
Sacro-illiac joint lumbar corsets Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods
Safety gloves Protective gloves
Safety goggles Goggles
Sequential compression devices Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing
Short wave diathermy devices Short wave diathermy units
Single point canes Canes or cane accessories
Sliding boards Patient shifting boards or accessories
Slings Arm orthopedic softgoods
Splints Orthopedic splint systems
Standing cages Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
Standing tables Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
Stationary bicycles Pedal exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Stretchers Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories
Surgical masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
Swiss exercise balls Therapeutic balls or accessories
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Therabands Resistive exercise bands or putty or tubing or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Therapeutic hot packs Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
Tilt tables Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
Total lift chairs Patient lifts or accessories
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
Treadmills Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Ultrasound machines Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies
Ultraviolet UV phototherapy lamps Ultraviolet UV lamps
Upper-body isokinetic machines Upper body resistance machines
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
Whirlpool therapy baths Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks
Wrist splints Orthopedic splint systems
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
Alternate Job Title(s)
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA)
Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA)
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Physical Therapy Technician
Physiotherapy Assistant
Rehabilitation Aide
Rehabilitation Assistant
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Assistants
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