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How to Go from Assistant to Therapist | PTA to PT and OTA to OT

How to Transition from PTA to PT

One cannot overstate the value and importance of PTAs in the physical therapy discipline. Physical therapy assistants play a critical role in our healthcare system and in the lives of the patients and clients that they care for. However, there may come a time when a PTA will start to consider what the process of becoming a PT looks like.

Can a PTA Become a PT?

First of all, it's important to answer the question, 'can a PTA become a PT?' The answer is: Yes! A PTA can most certainly become a PT. While encouraging, this answer often begs another question: 'why start your career off as a physical therapy assistant and not a physical therapist?'The answer to this question simply depends on you. Some practitioners want the invaluable experience of a PTA before becoming a PT, while others prefer to jump straight in as a practicing PT. Whatever your scenario or reasons may be, we have created a short, yet comprehensive guide to help you decide the best path for you or, if you're already a PTA, how to make the transition from PTA to PT as easy as possible. Here's what we will cover: 

  1. The differences between assistants and therapists in each discipline
  2. The bridge programs that are available for easier transitions
  3. Tips for success as you pursue your dreams
  4. How to travel therapy may help you achieve your goals



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