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Rehabilitation Aide

This is a position for individuals who are interested in rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Rehabilitation aides are nurse aides who work under the supervision of a licensed therapist, or under the supervision of a registered nurse who works closely with the therapist, to assist elderly and disabled individuals in regaining their strength and function after an illness or operation. Many rehabilitation aides go on to become licensed physical, occupational, or speech therapists.

Education & Experience:
Rehabilitation aide is a skill and a job classification that builds on a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide). Work experience as a CNA and usually completion of high school or GED.

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Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Rehabilitation Therapist

A rehabilitation therapist is a health and wellness specialist trained to assist, diagnose and treat individuals with mobility problems caused by injury, illness or accidents. Rehabilitation therapists are responsible for evaluating and diagnosing mobility impairments resulting from strains, fractures, sprains, diseases, and numerous other conditions. Based on their examinations, they recommend and administer therapeutic exercises and other forms of appropriate treatment.

Education & Experience:
Rehabilitation therapists are required to have an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy or a similar field. They must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Director of Rehabilitation Services


A Director of Rehabilitation Services directs the programs and staff of the rehabilitation services department for the senior living community. They set and implement guidelines for rehabilitation programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy and assigns patients to staff therapists for treatment and reviews residents’ progress. The director of rehabilitation also communicates results of resident care to other services and departments.

Education & Experience:

A Director of Rehabilitation Services must meet all of the same education and certification requirements as a rehabilitation therapist. The role may also require an advanced degree in physical therapy.


Salary Average

Physical Therapy (PT)
Occupational Therapy (OT)

Next Steps
Regional Director of Rehabilitation
Corporate Director of Rehabilitation

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