The Benefits of a Dual Certification as a Physical Therapy Aide

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It takes a long time to figure out what we want to do in life and sometimes once we pick something, we tend to change our minds. It’s always good to keep your options open.

With a dual certification, you can reap the benefits of having your options open at all times. If you become a physical therapy aide, you can also become a certified massage therapist in the process. You can even accomplish this online. Talk about versatility!

To become a PT Aide, you have to learn the ins and outs of bodywork – thus, getting certified in massage therapy. It’s always a unique experience when we have two programs in one.

Daily Tasks

Physical therapist aides help keep the office operating smoothly by doing a number of activities. Despite the fact that physical therapist aides are under the supervision of physical therapists, they may work with therapist assistants. Cleaning treatment facilities, setting up equipment for appointments, washing linens, and completing secretarial activities such as answering the phone and filing patient intake forms are all part of their daily responsibilities. A physical therapist aide may be in charge of procuring materials, filling out insurance documents, and giving modality treatments in some situations. Patients can also connect with a physical therapist assistant, who can assist them in moving to other therapy locations.

Massage therapists treat soft tissues and joints with therapeutic treatments. They may help with a range of motion and muscular strength assessments, as well as suggest client therapy strategies. They also massage and knead the body’s muscles and soft tissues to cure medical ailments, injuries, and maintain wellbeing. They may also be seen giving customers advice and information on posture improvement strategies, as well as stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative activities.


In many ways, working as a physical therapist aide is fulfilling. Working in this field will provide you the satisfaction of knowing that you are assisting in the improvement and maximization of a patient’s quality of life. You’ll also have the option of working in a variety of settings, including treatment centers, private practices, and more. Working as a PTAide will not only give you financial security, but emotional security of a job. Instead of sitting at home or being in a boring routine, you will go home knowing you are making people feel better. According to the BLS, physical therapist aides earned a median annual pay of $27,000 in May 2019, with the top 10% earning more than $39,740. Please keep in mind that entry-level salaries may be lower than the national average.

Massage therapists who work full time for an employer receive regular benefits packages that may include vacation, health insurance, or even a 401k. It truly just depends on the employer, but you can often find credible and long lasting institutions that provide you with the stability you need. Some even get additional perks such as bonuses or even free or discounted deals. When working for an employer, massage therapists may make a modest wage, but when working for themselves, they may determine their own rates. Clients pay by the hour or per session, and tip on a regular basis. As a therapist’s reputation and client list improve, so does their earning potential.

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