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Therapeutic Health Technician Training

Therapeutic health technicians assist physical therapists, occupational therapists, and respiratory therapists to help patients suffering from chronic or accident-induced disabilities. In addition to requisite schooling and training, therapeutic health assistants need patience, caring, and understanding, as the patients are often going through difficult times in their lives. The satisfaction of helping people overcome these challenging moments is one of the great rewards of a career in therapeutic health.

Occupational therapy technicians help physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged individuals lead independent and productive lives. They assist patients in mastering critical daily routines, such as bathing, dressing, and eating; participating in educational or employment opportunities; or learning to work productively with others. Occupational therapists and technicians work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health centers, nursing homes, and home health settings. (AOTA)

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Physical therapy assistants often work alongside doctors and licensed physical therapists to help rehabilitate patients who have suffered traumatic injuries in car crashes, sports mishaps, or other accidents, or to increase the strength, flexibility, and range of motion of patients with disabilities or degenerative diseases. (Princeton)

Respiratory therapy assistants help treat and monitor patients with cardiovascular problems or breathing disorders. Tasks may include administering oxygen, managing mechanical ventilators, or monitoring cardiopulmonary systems. Respiratory therapy is a growing area of medicine, as the increasing number of middle-aged and elderly citizens will lead to greater incidence of cardiopulmonary disease. (Mayo)

All of the therapeutic health fields are emotionally and/or physically demanding, but they are also incredibly satisfying and rewarding. Helping patients overcome their physical or emotional disabilities requires compassion and patience, but the joy of seeing them succeed is extremely gratifying.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 
Princeton Review 
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine