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A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist Assistant

May 17, 2017

Helping patients feel better is a huge part of being a physical therapist assistant. Carrington College Physical Therapist Assistant [1] graduates working at Archstone Care Center share what a typical day is like.

“We’re all about functional exercise so (on a typical day I help patients with) squats, sit to stand transfers, we do balance training, any kind of neuromuscular re-education,” said Carrington College graduate Armando.

“We work with patients who are just recovering from a stroke to patients who are struggling with dementia or just rehabilitating from different broken bones,” said Carrington College graduate Destiny.

“At this facility, we do generally get mostly elderly residents who have had a total hip replacement or a heart attack or a stroke,” said Jessica, Director of Rehab at Archstone Care Center.

“Having a sports background and a military background I’ve been through physical therapy myself. I always had a good experience and I like to help other people. Each person responds to different treatments differently. Some might heal a little slower, some might get stronger faster, some might be able to use different parts of their bodies to help recover,” Armando said.

“The best part is at the end when somebody goes from barely being able to do anything to walking out of here and going home,” Destiny said.

“I’m kind of a run and gun therapist. I want them to know the material, know what to do or learn quickly. And I saw that in Carrington students,” Jessica said.

So what are you waiting for? To learn more about the Physical Therapist Assistant program, click here.

[1] Important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rate of students who attended this program can be found at