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Physical Medicine Specialist


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


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Physical Medicine Specialist

Career Description

When an Airman is injured or wounded, as a Physical Medicine Specialist, you'll be there to help them get back on their feet. You'll work hand in hand with a physical therapist to help people learn and perform exercises to help them recover from muscle and bone problems. From physical therapy to massages to electronic treatments, you'll play a vital role in helping injured Airmen make a full recovery.

Career Tasks

  • Assist a physical therapist in the care of patients with muscle and bone problems
  • Give physical therapy treatments to relieve pain and restore normal muscle and joint functions
  • Assist with evaluations and tests
  • Order and store supplies and equipment needed for the physical therapy department

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Computers and Computer Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Physical Medicine Specialist technical training:

School location: Fort Sam Houston [TX]

Length of course: 81 days

College degree earned: Physical Therapist Assistant

College credits earned: 27