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What Is a Rehab Assistant and How to Become One

What Is a Rehab Assistant?

A rehab assistant, or rehabilitation assistant, helps a physical or occupational therapist provide therapy to patients. The job of an occupational therapy assistant is to implement the plan laid out by the physical therapist. Their duties can include teaching patients how to use equipment, leading exercises, giving self-care instructions, and monitoring progress. Qualifications for this career are an associate’s degree and completion of your state’s licensing or certification requirements.

How to Become a Rehab Assistant

The minimum qualifications you typically need to start your career as a rehab assistant include a high school diploma and at least some nursing training. However, most positions prefer you to have an associate degree or full nursing certification, as for a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), and meet licensing requirements for physical therapy assistants put in place by your state. Having a medical administrative background and skills, like a medical billing job or medical office clerk, can also help you stand out from other applicants. As a rehab assistant, you need moderate computer proficiency for updating patient records, printing helpful information for patients, and completing other administrative tasks.