POSITION TITLE: Physical Therapist Assistant
SUPERVISOR TITLE: Physical Therapist
PERSONNEL SUPERVISED: None
The Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA) will ensure the quality and safe delivery of a physical therapy program as ordered by the patient's physician.
Must be a graduate of a physical therapy assistant program that is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association. Must be certified by the National Certification Examination of the APTA and licensed with the State Board of Physical therapy Examiners.
Minimum of one year in acute care setting required.
Must be able to communicate in written and oral format in the English language in a manner understandable to most people.
Must be able to sit/stand for extended periods during the workday. Must be able to lift, push, pull moderate to heavy loads. Must be able to balance, operate patient equipment and use a writing utensil legibly.
Must be capable of handling and prioritizing multiple job duties of critical importance simultaneously occasionally. This may be a moderately stressful position.
The majority of these duties are performed in the patient's home; therefore, the work environment is variable.
EXPOSURE RISK CATEGORY:
Category 2 - may anticipate occasional exposure to blood/body fluids during the course of this job.
MUST RELATE WELL TO ADULT AND GERIATRIC PATIENTS.
Current state driver's license, auto liability, professional licensure/certification, TB, CPR. Must be able to report to work punctually.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs physical therapy treatments and interventions as ordered by the physician in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
Participate in teaching new skills or retraining patients in once familiar activities lost due to illness or injury.
Maintains appropriate clinical records and reports any change in patient condition to the physical therapist and director of professional services. Maintains a high level of response on patient satisfaction survey reports.
Completes required documentation and turns it in as required by agency policy.
Attends/participates in mandatory inservices and workshops.
Maintains continuing education credits as required for licensure.
Enhances personal/professional growth and development through participation in educational programs.
Complies with agency policies and procedures.
Complies with HR requirements.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, employees and agency business.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Assist physician in evaluation of patient through application of diagnostic and prognostic muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability testing.
Performs other related duties as required or requested.