Job Description

Physical Therapy Assistant-Adult Acute Therapy Full-Time
Job CategoryTherapies
ScheduleFull time
Shift1 - Day Shift

SUMMARY:

Under direct supervision of physical therapist, delivers prescribed physical therapy treatments, services and home instruction to patients to restore function, prevent disability following disease, injury or loss of a body part, and help patients reach maximum functional performance levels. Utilizes physical exercise, massage, heat, and prosthetic and orthopedic devices. Records and reports on patient progress.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Administers physical therapy care, or portions of programs, as directed by a licensed physical therapist.

Recognizes and recommends changes for improvement in program content.

Assists therapist during patient testing, evaluations and complex procedures.

Monitors patient condition levels; reports changes to appropriate individuals.

Documents patient care efficiently, timely and effectively in the electronic medical record.

Provides instruction in therapeutic procedures to be continued by patient and/or family/caregiver.

Conducts or participates in training medical and other personnel in therapy techniques and objectives.

Attends patient care staffing, conferences and other related meetings; coordinates with other service areas to ensure proper patient care.

Demonstrates sensitivity to patient comfort and privacy.

Adheres to TMCH organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.

Performs related duties as assigned.

 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:  Associate’s degree or equivalent from a two-year college, or technical school required.

EXPERIENCE: Acute Therapy: One (1) – two (2) years of acute inpatient or acute rehabilitation experience preferred.  Will consider appropriate experience acquired during extensive student fieldwork. Will consider exceptional new graduate candidates.

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Certification as a PT Assistant required.  Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the types of physical therapy programs used to assist in the restoration of function in a patient, or prevent a disability.

  • Skill in the ability to demonstrate, or lead a patient in the performance of a therapy regimen.

  • Skill in following directions and reporting back any issues, or concerns the patient may be encountering.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to complete routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to listen and accurately interpret others’ communication, or instruction to take appropriate actions.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, employees, or organizations.

    Ability to add and subtract 2-digit numbers; ability to read a clock and accurately document time.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed, but uninvolved electronic or oral instructions.

  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in a standardized situation.

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