Position: Physical Therapist Assistant
Setting: Home Health, Outpatient, Early Intervention, Physician’s Practice, Hospitals, School System
Hours: PRN, Part-Time, Full-Time
Area: Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Purpose: Promotes and maintains health by providing physical therapy services under the supervision of a physical therapist and following the plan of care.
Education: Graduate of a physical therapy assistant program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Ability to contribute as a team member and ability to work under supervision
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
- Verifies client information by interviewing client; reviewing and/or recording medical history; confirming purpose of treatment.
- Assesses patient health by interviewing patients; performing physical examinations; obtaining, updating, and studying therapy histories.
- Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
- Performs therapeutic procedures by administering manual exercises; instructing, encouraging, and assisting patients in performing physical activities, such as non-manual exercises, ambulatory functional activities, and daily-living activities; and in using supportive devices, such as crutches, canes, and prostheses.
- Instructs and counsels patients by describing therapeutic regimens; giving normal growth and development information; promoting wellness and health maintenance.
- Provides continuity of care by developing and implementing patient management plans.
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
- Maintains production objectives by noting current treatment trends; monitoring actual physical therapy services rendered to production objectives.
- Maintains legal and accreditation compliance by adhering to policy positions concerning federal, state, and local regulations, and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) standards; anticipating emerging issues.
- Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
- Current valid license as a Physical Therapist Assistant by the state(s) of practice.
- Current CPR certification