Looking at the make-up of a clinical workforce in a private practice physical therapy practice
There are variety of different types of clinic personnel that serve in physical therapy practices across the country. Together, the clinic staff forms a team to deliver care and service to patients from end to end.
Physical Therapist (PT, DPT)
Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA)
Physical Therapy Tech/Aide
Student of Physical Therapy (SPT)
SPT’s are individuals who are the midst of pursuing education within the field. Students often work in practices as interns or in a support staff role working directly with PTs who are delivering care. This is an important educational opportunity for students and can provide a set of important hands for practices. Students may also find these positions to be a path to a job offer following graduation.
The bottom line
Every practice has to find the right formula for success, which is a combination of patient outcomes, service, finance/budgets, operational effectiveness and a multitude of other factors. Having a solid clinical team is a huge part of that formula.