National Physical Therapy Month on October, 2017: How much would a physical therapy aide make a month in the city of Shreveport
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First, be sure to realize, you will not be a PTA, you will be a physical therapy aide or rehab technician. A PTA is a physical therapist assistant which is a (usually) licensed technician/professional with at least a two year degree from an accredited PTA program. (Just trying to save you some embarrassment from applying for "PTA" jobs....). Penn Foster is not a PTA program, it's an aide program. Technically, you don't need any formal training to be an aide....just a high school graduate.
While I cannot comment on the Shreveport area specifically, national average rate is about $8.20/hr.
how long it will take to pass National Physical Therapy Examination in usa?
Most people study for 1-2 months prior to taking the exam, but I know of some that only studied for a couple weeks. The best guide is to see how you are doing on practice tests. Scores of 145/200 or greater on Scorebuilders tests or 135/200 on O'Sullivan tests are recommended before you take the exam.
The Scorebuilders book is an excellent tool for preparing. It contains 5 practice exams as well. Here is the website:
Another similar, popular study guide is written by O'Sullivan - I couldn't find the website for this one though.
Physical Therapy career questions?
1. Most programs are now doctorate level programs taking 6-7 years to complete including your prerequsite years (assuming you complete your BS in 4 years)
2. The bls predicts that the career will grown "much faster than average at least through the year 2014.
3. The bls lists the national average salary around $66,000. The last APTA survery found that at about 50% of PTs were earning between $50-70,000 a year, but that another 25% earned more than $75,000...yet, this survery is already 3 years old. I don't know if we can predict what it will be by 2014. Our economy is very unstable right now.
4. PTs can work full or part time. If you work for a hospital based facility or nursing home, expect to work at least one weekend a month..
5. I love my job. On a typical day, I interact and problem solve with patients, I show them how to manage and correct their painful condition...usually with specific exercises. Schooling was very challenging and I would consider it a full time job. It requires one to think quite criticially...8 years later, I'm still going to school and taking classes.
The APTA website has some helpful information for future PTs. www.apta.org