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How did you know that working as a Rehabilitation Technician was the right choice for you?

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Beth’s Answer

Rehab technician is a certificate program or on the job trained position. You will help injured or Ill patients complete their exercise programs, help them in and out of bed at the hospital or rehab center, be an extra set of hands for stretching or learning to walk again, keeping the therapy gym clean and stocked and more.

Rehabilitation technician is a very physical job and has a low pay scale compared to the college degree staff. You benefit from maximum patient contact time and minimal paperwork. Many techs are working to get experience to get into PT/OT school.

Physical therapy, Occupational therapy and speech therapy are all graduate school degrees (6-7 years of school) - more salary, more paperwork, more responsibilities. physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist assistant and speech therapy assistant are all 2 year college degrees. Salary better then tech but not as good as therapist.

Most facilities will allow you to observe in the therapy gym or follow a tech for a day to see if you like it. You will have to follow facility rules about vaccinations and privacy.

Beth recommends the following next steps:

Google rehab technician certificate programs in your area.
Contact various rehab facilities about observing for a day - sports clinic, nursing home, hospital, rehab facility
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Lauren’s Answer

A rehab tech is a stepping stone to becoming a PT, PTA, athletic trainer. Many who start as a tech continue to become physical trainers, go to school for kenisiology or as noted previous. As a tech you stay busy, you rarely if ever get to sit. When I start we d as one that is what I wanted, a job that was more than just an office job.
Being a tech you learn about exercises and can watch a therapist at work while getting paid.great intro to a therapist career or athletic trainer.
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