Physical Therapists:

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $80,770.00
Average Time to Fill 60 days
Typical Education Advanced degree (includes Master's, Professional, and Doctoral degrees)
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 3,282
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 26.42 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Intellectual Risk-taking
Conflict Management
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Develop patient therapy programs
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Establish treatment goals
Develop treatment plans
Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies
Administer rehabilitation interventions
Massage patient or client
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Develop medical treatment plans
Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids
Provide physical therapy to patients or clients
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Apply traction to patients
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Provide in home patient care
Treat medical condition of patient
Provide occupational therapy to patients or clients
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises
Feed food to individuals
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Provide assistance in administering rehabilitation
Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety
Solve clinical problems
Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Treat patients through use of music
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Employ respiratory equipment
Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Conduct behavior modification
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Fit medical supportive devices
Conduct individual, group, or family interventions
Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Monitor fit of prosthetic or selected medical support devices

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients regarding diagnosis or treatment
Instruct patients in methods to improve functional activities
Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses
Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel
Prepare medical reports
Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities
Prepare reports or presentations associated with non-medical therapy treatment
Instruct patients or caregivers in basic and adaptive living skills
Instruct participants in recreational or fitness activities
Teach medical self care
Demonstrate physical activities
Train medical providers
Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients
Prepare healthcare training materials
Prepare medical reports or presentations
Teach family members to provide bedside care
Teach parenting techniques
Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Patient/Family Education and Instruction
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Customer Billing
Long-Term Care
Rehabilitation Services
Disability Prevention

Related Licensing Requirements

Physical Therapist (18-0000000049)

In order to obtain a license to practice physical therapy in Indiana, the candidate must: Have graduated from a school or program of physical therapy that meets standards set by the committee. Pass the examination administered by the committee. Have not been convicted of a crime nor have been subject to disciplinary sanctions that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Pay all exam and application fees. Licenses are renewed in even-numbered years. Temporary permits may also be issued and are subject to slightly different requirements. More detailed information, including application materials and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Physical Therapy Committee.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Physical Therapy Committee (3172342051)

Temporary PT Permit (18-0000000095)

844 IAC 6-3-5 Temporary permits Sec. 5. (a) For applicants for licensure by endorsement, the committee may not issue more than two (2) temporary permits to an applicant for a license as a physical therapist or a certificate as a physical therapist's assistant where the applicant submits verification of a valid license to practice physical therapy or a valid certificate to act as a physical therapist's assistant from another jurisdiction and meets the requirements of section 1(1) through 1(4) and 1(7) of this rule, except where the applicant has graduated from an educational program in another state, country, or territory, not approved by the committee. (b) For recent graduates, the committee may issue not more than two (2) temporary permits to an applicant for a license as a physical therapist or a certificate as a physical therapist's assistant who is a graduate of an approved physical therapy program or an approved physical therapist's assistant program that meets the standards set by the committee and who has applied for and been approved by the committee to take the examination for which the applicant has applied for licensure or certification. (c) A candidate for a license as a physical therapist or for a certificate as a physical therapist's assistant holding a temporary permit under this section shall only work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist and shall report to the committee, on a form provided by the committee, the name of the facility and supervising physical therapists.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Physical Therapy Committee (3172342051)

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