Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant Job Description/Summary PRIMARY FUNCTION The assistant is a skilled, technical worker who performs physical therapy treatments and related duties as assigned by the therapist. QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited school for Physical Therapist Assistants. EXPERIENCE: None required. REGISTERED: Licensure by the Board of Physical Therapy in applicable State. PHYSICAL DEMANDS Stands, turns, bends, stoops, lifts, climbs, and uses a great majority of physical motion in performing day to day activities of work. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and do a great deal of walking without experiencing extreme fatigue. Lifting and carrying equipment supplies, and materials up to 50 lbs. without help; over 50 lbs. with the help of mechanical devices or other personnel. Operation of electrical equipment. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS * Supervises Rehab Technicians. * Treats patients after the evaluation has been performed by a Registered Physical Therapist. * Participates in in-service training for clinical staff. * Consult with the physical therapist regarding the patients progress and plan of care. * Interacts with other departments involved with individual patients regarding patient's progress. RESPONSIBILITIES * Adheres to the code of ethics of the APTA. * Reports to the staff Physical Therapists/Clinical Director concerning Physical Therapy matters. * Carries out the physical therapy procedures according to the Plan of Care of the Registered Physical Therapist. * Covers instructions for home treatment programs through consultation with the Registered Physical Therapist. * Maintains proper equipment and supplies which might benefit the patient. * Maintains proper attitude of encouragement toward the patient without giving false hope. * Counsels patient and/or family on special problems with advice from the Registered Physical Therapist. * Helps the patient become physically, emotionally, and socially independent. * Utilizes proper procedures which will be in keeping with good patient care, but reasonable in expense to the department, such as supplies, equipment, linens, and time usage. * Submit in writing to the Registered Physical Therapist/Supervisor on duty, any recorded incident or accident with patient or employee as it occurs. * Documents on all patients' treatments received according to the policies and procedures of the physical therapy department. GENERAL SOURCE OF WORKERS: From schools and from classified ads in professional publications. SUPERVISED BY: Staff Therapist and Clinic Director. WORKERS SUPERVISED: Technicians/aids and students.

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