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The physical therapist assistant is a skilled technical health worker who, under supervision of a physical therapist, assists in the patients’ treatment program. The extent to which the physical therapist assistant is involved in treatment depends upon the policies of the health facility, the supervising therapist, and the patient.

Educational Qualifications

One year at La Sierra University to complete the pre-requisites and one additional year in a Physical Therapy Assistant program. When professional training is completed the candidate is eligible to take the licensing exam.

Job Outlook

It is expected that job availability will grow by 44% through 2014. Physical therapist assistants are in demand and graduates have a wide choice of opportunities with medical groups, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, national and state agencies, and schools of physical therapy.

Entering Salary

National average income is $39,490 the average income for California is $44,310.

Entering Salary

Anesthesiologist assistants typically work a 40 hour week, with options for on-call, evening or weekend assignments. Salaries, scope of practice and job descriptions are identical to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) when working within the Anesthesia Care Team. Starting salaries vary by region but typically range from $110,000 - $120,000

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

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