Physical Rehabilitation Tech

Physical rehabilitation technicians are often referred to as “physical therapist technicians.” They work as assistants to physical therapists and they work directly with patients in need of physical rehabilitation or physical therapy following an illness or injury. Others who often require physical rehabilitation are individuals who were born with physical challenges and those who are elderly. According to the website degreedirectory.org some of the typical responsibilities of a physical rehabilitation technician include taking medical histories from patients and recording the information in the patients’ files teaching patients how to perform physical therapy exercises and providing massage therapy services. They may also apply hot or cold compresses on patients who need this type of therapy. Physical rehabilitation technicians are often responsible for clerical tasks such as calling patients to remind them of their appointments and ordering supplies for the physical therapy department or stockroom. In order to become a physical rehabilitation technician an associate’s degree should be earned. Specific physical therapy technician programs are offered at many community colleges located across the United States. Regardless of the degree however many of the skills for this profession are learned on-the-job. Additionally some states require that physical rehabilitation technicians obtain a license. Another requirement may include certification in CPR. Obtaining licenses and certifications increases job opportunities and can also lead to a higher earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average yearly salary range for physical rehabilitation technicians is $23760 to $46140. The exact salary usually depends on the employer and the number of year’s experience.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $34950
High Salary: $46140
Low Salary: $23760
Tasks: Assists physical therapists.
Helps patients with physical therapy exercises.
Maintains patients' records.
Transports patients from one room to another.
Also Called: Physical Therapy Technician
Physical Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Technician
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/way_5483808_physical-therapy-technician-salary.html
http://degreedirectory.org/articles/What_is_a_Physical_Therapy_Tech.html
http://education-portal.com/physical_therapy_tech.html