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What is the difference between a physical therapist and physical therapy technician?


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2009-07-31 02:43:52
2009-07-31 02:43:52

As a therapist I have never heard of a physical therapy technician.... This is a new one on me. Go to this link to first determine the difference between a physical therapy assistant and a physical therapy aide.


After searching a bit it seems that the programs offered for PT technicians sound very similar to those for physical therapy assistants, however when I searched the American Physical Therapy Association's website for "Physical Therapy Technician, nothing came up...

From FAQ's on the website of The American Physical Therapy Association (http:/

I heard about online PT Aide programs; are these accredited? No. CAPTE accredits only physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs. What is CAPTE? (Also from the APTA website)

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The literature is very clear on the legal difference between PT, PTA's and PT aides. I would start there and research the PT Technician title/degree more in depth. Best regards,

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