A. Job Description:
a. Provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries.
b. Restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.
c. Examine patients' medical histories, then test and measure their strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function.
d. Determine patients' ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after injury or illness.
e. Develop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and anticipated outcome.
B. Places of Employment:
d. Home Health Agencies
e. Out patient rehabilitation centers
f. Nursing Homes
g. Armed Forces
a. Help people overcome or adjust to physical disabilities caused by injury, illness, or birth defects.
D. Supply and Demand:
a. Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010.
b. The demand should continue to rise as a result of growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function requiring therapy services.
E. Salary Ranges:
a. 41,249 dollars is the average starting salary in Georgia.
F. Advancement Opportunities:
a. Teaching positions
b. Research positions
c. Administrative positions
A. Undergraduate Education:
a. An approved physical therapy program
b. Classes in human anatomy, physiology, growth, and development.
B. Graduate Education:
a. Graduate training is necessary for advancement and teaching positions
b. Must be licensed by a Physical Therapy Licensing Board
C. Work Experience Desired/Required:
D. Certifications Desired/Required:
A. Personal Strength:
a. Work well with others
b. Give directions well
c. Make decisions
d. Organize and file things well
e. Good physical strength
a. Verbal skills
b. Writing skills
C. Personal Concerns:...