Administers Physical Therapy services for patients including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics under supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.
- Administers patient centered Physical Therapy treatment incorporating evidence based practice and skilled techniques to achieve optimal functional outcomes under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.
- Observes, communicates and documents patient progress and response to treatment.
- Plans, organizes and implements individualized therapeutic programs with patient/family, incorporating evidence based practice.
- Provides education on Physical Therapy related subjects to patients, clients, caregivers, hospital personnel and the community.
- Acts as a clinical instructor or participates in the education and evaluation of students.
- Acts as a resource for volunteers and observers.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Associate’s degree or certificate required.
- Must be a graduate of a Physical Therapy Assistant Program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Current State licensure as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers.
COMPLEXITY OF WORK:
- Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment, and the ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.
- Ability to walk and climb stairs without assistive device and to maintain balance despite sudden load in order to support patient from falling.
- Ability to meet physical demands characterized at the heavy level defined by 1993 Leonard Matheson and Ministry of Labor.
- Ability to lift and reach with arms sufficiently to lift patient’s arm and leg during therapeutic treatment program.
- Sensation of touch and manual dexterity to be able to palpate muscle tension or to monitor patient pulse.
- Visual acuity to observe patient’s gross and fine motor movements in order to analyze these movements and to read all patient monitors.
- Ability to speak clearly enough to instruct patients and families.
- Ability to hear at a conversational level to understand patient’s description of symptoms and response to treatment.