Are you interested in a career in
Physical Therapy or Athletic Training?
Are you looking for a career change or would like to know more regarding physical therapy or athletic training? Each of our 6 locations offers job shadows to anyone interested in a physical therapy or athletic training career. A job shadow is a work experience option where students of all ages in school/college and older job seekers can learn about a job waking through the workday as a shadow. It’s a temporary unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupation area of interest to the student. If you know you want to change careers but are not sure what career is right for you, job shadowing can give you a taste of what the career is like. Before setting up your job shadow with us, I would like to give you a brief summary of what each of our therapist’s jobs entails at the clinic so you have a better understanding of how we care for our patients.
Physical Therapists: PT’s are healthcare experts who treat individuals of all ages with health related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. The PT evaluates the patient on their first visit in the clinic and develops a plan of care appropriate for the patient based on their diagnosis.
Physical Therapist Assistant: PTA’s provides direct patient care under the direction and supervision of a PT. The PTA assists the PT in providing physical therapy services such as instruction is stretching and strengthening exercises along with performance of modalities and interventions to help manage the patients pain. The PT and PTA communicate closely regarding the patients health status and work together to progress the patient towards their goals.
Athletic Trainer: AT’s are skilled health professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports but can work in variety of job settings. They provide services such as prevention of injuries and emergency care along with clinical diagnosis of injuries and medical conditions. They work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.
A job shadowing experience can be anywhere from a few hours to a day depending on what you arrange with the therapist you’ve chosen to shadow. To schedule a job shadow with one of your therapists, please call one of our six locations to set this up. We look forward to helping you along your career path and hope job shadowing will be a useful part of it.
Kaitlyn Grell, LPTA
St.Francis Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Consultants Inc. January 29th, 2017
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