Army Physical Therapy Specialist (MOS 68F) complete patient care under the direction of a physical therapist.
The Physical Therapy Specialist works to decrease physical disabilities and promote physical fitness.
They assist patients following a medical referral and will supervise or administer the physical therapy to patients.
Qualifications and Training
This entry-level position requires recruits to pass all physical and medical examinations.
To enter into this MOS, recruits must receive a minimum score of 101 on the Skilled Technical (ST) and a score of 107 on the General Technical (GT) portions of the ASVAB test.
Training includes 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training.
It also includes 28 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
Skills that are helpful in this MOS include:
- Effective communication
- Ability to work in stressful conditions
- Detail oriented
- Compassion and care for others
- Interest in biology, general science and algebra
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What Does a Physical Therapy Specialist Do?
Physical Therapy Specialist work with Physical Therapist on a medical team.
The specialist assist with rehabilitation physical training.
Soldiers in this MOS may work in a fixed facility or field unit.
Often the hours are standard working hours, but can vary based on location or if in a deployed operation.
Army Physical Therapy Uses
Physical Therapy is used to assist with injuries, illnesses, joint stiffness, overuse injuries, combat-related injuries, overuse injuries and limited muscle function.
The goal is to reduce pain and improve mobility.
Physical Therapy can also be used for human performance optimization, women’s health and heart health.
Soldiers in this MOS can be required to work with soldiers and their families.
Physical Therapy specialist must be familiar with human anatomy to properly perform treatment.
Performing Physical Therapy
When a soldier has received a referral for training, the Physical Therapist will direct the specialist on treatment for the patient.
The specialist will administer the treatment that the Physical Therapist recommends.
They will promote physical fitness and instruct patients on how to prevent injuries or use the correct body mechanics.
Corrective therapeutic exercises that the specialist learned during AIT, will be used to treat patients.
Corrective exercises may include manual therapy, or exercises.
The specialist must be familiar with range of motion for all major points in the human body and test this measurement on patients.
Specialist may assist patients with using crutches, parallel bars, canes or walkers.
Treatment types may include traction or electrical current.
The patient may need superficial or deep-heat therapies such as moist hot packs, ice massages or cold packs.
Technology such as ultrasound machines will also be used.
Basic equipment may include medicine balls, exercise balls, resistant bands and treadmills or other basic gym equipment.
Specialist will use sports therapy techniques such as wrapping and assist in applying orthopedic devices.
Other Specialist Job Functions
Any transportation that the patient may need assistance with, such as moving from a wheel chair to treatment table, the specialist will assist the patient.
Often care takes place at the facility, but Physical Therapist Specialist will instruct patients in exercises that they can perform at home to improve mobility and strength.
Specialist will also provide education materials to patients that they can refer to at home.
Physical Therapy Specialist sometimes run classes or water exercises that assist with patient recovery.
All physical therapy treatments will be documented by the specialist into patient files and reports.
This information is given to the Physical Therapist as well as the referring physician.
Any general cleaning of the physical therapy office will be performed by the specialist.
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What Does a Physical Therapy Specialist get Paid?
Working as a Physical Therapy Specialist in the Army allows individuals to receive income based on rank and time of service.
For those individuals who are recruited into the position with no prior Military experience, you can expect to make around $20,000 a year.
This income will vary while in training and does not include Army benefits.
The base pay table below provides an example of Army pay.
|Insignia||Pay Grade||Rank||Abbreviation||Minimum Monthly Pay|
|E-2||Private Second Class||PV2||$1,943|
|E-3||Private First Class||PFC||$2,043|
|E-7||Sergeant First Class||SFC||$3,114|
|E-9||Command Sergeant Major||CSM||$5,473|
|E-9||Sergeant Major of the Army||SMA||$5,473|
The Army provides benefits that are generous in comparison to most civilian positions.
They offer education tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities.
For those living on base, housing costs are covered as well as food.
Other benefits include:
- Annual Military Clothing Allowance
- Special Pay opportunities
- Free/Low-cost medical and dental
- Low-Cost life insurance
- Paid sick time
- 30 days paid vacation annually
Previous Physical Therapy Specialist recommend the position for the experience that you gain and the satisfaction of helping other soldiers.
Reviews of this position discuss the diverse group of people you assist and get to know.
Positive reviews mention the bond you gain with co-workers, self-improvement and benefits.
Negative reviews discuss the demand being much higher than in a regular physical therapy office.
Most reviews note that multiple patients are seen in an hour and this high patient count having an effect on completing other work such as reporting.
The review below gives an idea of an average day as a Physical Therapy Specialist.
This review discusses both positive and negative aspects of the position.
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Civilian Career Opportunities
Soldiers working in this MOS allows for a civilian career as a physical therapist assistant or physical therapist aide.
With the Army’s COOL program, soldiers can also work towards different physical therapy certifications from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Some of these certifications can be funded with the GI Bill and assist with both Military promotions and civilian career opportunities.
Through the Army’s recruiting PAYS program, soldiers can guarantee a job interview with a Military friendly civilian employer.
Army Physical Therapy Specialist (MOS 68F) perform physical therapy on patients at the direction of Physical Therapist.
They perform procedures that help with physical disabilities, restores movement and promotes physical fitness.
This entry level position requires ASVAB testing, 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 28 weeks of Advanced Individual Training.
Recruits can expect to follow the Army base pay table for income and can expect to receive Army benefits.
Previous Physical Therapy Specialist recommend the position but note how demanding it can be.
Working in this MOS will allow individuals to work as Physical Therapy Assistants as a civilian.
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