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Published May 19, 2010 5:29 PM by Jason Marketti

I recently saw this title on a name tag and have heard patients talk of going to therapy when they mean going to exercise with the restorative nurses. Do I bring up the name tag issue (I have now) or ignore it because I know what I do versus what they do? It doesn't bother me as much now. I think if I was not secure in my knowledge and abilities, I would take more offense at someone purporting to be a real PT assistant. It is like being called a physical therapy assistant (my license states it as a physical "therapist" assistant) or being called a physical therapy aide.

I got tired of correcting people and just smile and do what I do best, treat patients. Now the issue of patients who call exercising with the RNAs "therapy" may be another issue. Frankly, if 98-year-old Mr. Jones wants to call it therapy let him. But there are those who want to "protect" a domain from encroachment and have clear distinctions of titles and departments. In actuality we are all there to assist patients to get better whether it is me, the OT, ST or rehab assistant.

There should be some knowledge between health providers about what we do. If you are secure enough in your position and do not feel overly threatened by another person's title, then you can freely do your job without worrying about titles and who is subordinate to you in the corporate tree.



Thanks for the comment.  Go for the travel !!

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Jason Marketti May 27, 2010 11:15 PM


I ran across you're blog. It is very interesting to read what you have learned and experienced. Thanks for the insight.

I am a soon to be PTA student. I start classes in a couple of weeks. I have tons of questions, so these blogs are great.

I am a career changer, coming from the business world in sales (10 yrs)

Do you see the outlook to be great for this field? Have you ever done travel Therapy? That is what I am looking to do. I'm 32 and single.

Keep writing!


jonathan, physical therapy - student May 25, 2010 3:03 PM
baltimore MD

Jason I agree with you.  I too have issue with my Title being changed so many times over the short years.  I am a PTA but I work in many setting and have ALOT of experience.  I have over the years gotten into many disagreement with other clinicions most of which was over the fact the I am "JUST A PTA".  I do beleive that we need to STRENGTH our title so that it can demand a stronger profession.  but as time moves on my titel just appears to chenge for the LESSER.  Here to kepping hope alive.  Good luck to all the other PTA out there who might have been call Super AIDES, Techs, Good Helpers or just an asst.  I  

Israel Suarez, OUTPATIENT/ACUTE/TCU - PTA, Fortaleza May 19, 2010 5:13 PM
Philaldelphia PA

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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