Education and training. Employers typically require physical therapy aides to have a high school diploma and vocational training with clinical training.
Licensure. There is no state licensing to practice as a physical therapist aide. However, some employers require aides to be trained and certified by vocational or career schools. Additional requirements may include certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other first aid and a minimum number of hours of clinical experience. Complete information on regulations can be obtained from State licensing boards.
Other qualifications. Physical therapy aides should be well-organized, detail oriented, and caring. They usually have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to help people in need.
Advancement. Some physical therapy aides advance to become therapist assistants after gaining experience and, often, additional education. Sometimes, this education is required by law.