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Physical Therapist Job Description

 

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) assist patients with physical therapy procedures and other assigned tasks as directed by the physical therapist who supervises them. PTAs help patients and clients with movement difficulties, with the goal being to improve the quality of life. PTAs may assist patients who suffer from difficulty moving due to disease or injury.

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Responsibilities

 

The physical therapist assistant is expected to work closely with the physical therapist. He or she will assist patients, under the supervision of the physical therapist, with treatments designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve mobility

  • Pain relief

  • Prevent or minimize permanent physical disability

  • Promote wellness and overall fitness

Common types of patients or clients that the physical therapist assistant may work with include:

  • Victims of accidents

  • Individuals stricken with short- and long-term disabling conditions

  • Patients suffering low back pain

  • Victims of fractures

  • Patients with head injuries

  • Arthritis sufferers

  • Patients with heart disease

  • Adults and children with cerebral palsy

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Skills

 

Physical Endurance

A PTA must be able to be physical for many hours to help their patients as needed. They must be able to bend, twist, lift, crouch, kneel, push/pull, and the agility to move quickly and ensure patient safety.

Clerical

Must be able to collect and integrate patient histories to solve problems and develop treatments.

Emotional Stability

Must be able to handle the emotional stress of working with impaired patients in need of compassionate health care.

Multitasking

The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Interpersonal

Must be able to interact with patients and their families regardless of background.

Reasoning

Must be able to apply facts and principles to issues to determine conclusions and solve problems. They must use knowledge and logic to find patters in injuries and determine causes and provide solutions.

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to gauge patient's issues and convey to them the best path to treatment.

Empathy

Must be compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Patience

They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time. They also must help their clients have patience--especially if they are trying to overcome a difficult injury.

Problem-Solving

Must be able to use knowledge to gauge issues and determine the best route to recovery.

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands and be nimble. You will be put in situations where physical therapy is a must.

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Working Conditions

 

PTAs may find opportunities for employment in any of the following range of settings:

  • Outpatient clinics that provide physical therapy

  • Short- and long-term skilled nursing facilities

  • Public, governmental and private hospitals

  • Rehabilitation centers

  • Home health providers

  • Public and private schools

  • Fitness and sports centers

  • Assisted living facilities

Although work hours can vary depending on the setting, most PTAs work a Monday through Friday schedule. Most hospitals and skilled nursing facilities work with reduced coverage on weekends and holidays. Evening and weekend hours are offered to accommodate patients’ schedules in many outpatient physical therapy settings.

The physical therapist assistant job can be physically demanding. PTAs are expected to walk, kneel, stoop, crouch, lift and stand on their feet for long periods of time. Physical therapist assistants may also be required to move heavy equipment and lift patients. They are also expected to help patients turn, stand or walk.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
12.06.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant - PRN-7455-7087 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, provides physical therapy services to patients needing to develop, recover and maintain physical...
10.23.2019
Provide services as aPhysical Therapist Assistant. Minimum Requirements Current GA PTA License CPR and be a graduate from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
11.20.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant I (PTA) works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to assist with a patients treatment program in accordance with federal guidelines and state practice acts. The PTA I assists in the provision of...
12.06.2019
Status: Full Time Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Basic Summary: The Physical Therapist Assistant is a licensed professional whom provides physical therapy services to the patient as prescribed by the ordering physician and determined by the...
11.11.2019
Parker is a pioneer in the field of long-term care and aging services. We are among the first to embrace person-directed care, small home models, and changing the conversation around aging in America. Parker is a not-for-profit organization with...
12.06.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant-7455-6591 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Plan, implement and evaluate patient care programs designed to increase, maintain, or restore physical functions to patients assigned. Participate in the training,...
12.06.2019
2 year/ Associate Degree License / Certification - OK Physical Therapist Assistant License(new graduates must take the exam within 3 Months & receive full licensure within 9 months) BLS
12.06.2019
Degree Required Education: Minimum Associate's degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution offering training in this specialty, plus a supervised clinical internship to prepare for professional licensing. Must complete examination...
11.20.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant Full Time Salary Range: $20.75-$27.88 PURPOSE OF POSITION: Under the direction of the Physical Therapist, administers physical therapy treatment according to established professional standards and uphold patient...
12.06.2019
Physical therapy services are provided in response to a physicians referral and physical therapists plan of care, in accordance with the laws governing the state of New Mexico, and within the scope of the therapist assistants training, knowledge,...
12.06.2019
Phelps Health Homecare Rolla, MO Home Health Full-time, Day shift, 8a to 5p Mon-Fri Req # 8051 The Physical Therapist is responsible to the Rehabilitation Manager for the delivery of patient care through the process of evaluation, planning,...
12.06.2019
Under the supervision of the Physical Therapist, provides Physical Therapy services following the established practice guidelines, including treatment, education, documentation, and consultation services to improve clients' abilities to their...
11.29.2019
Flex Position- Inpatient and Outpatient Coverage Performs specific job responsibilities: Provides patient care based upon therapist evaluation and plan of care and takes into consideration the patients age and level of development when...
11.14.2019
Central Florida Health (CFH) is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. CFH provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through...
11.11.2019
Description Assists the Physical Therapist in administering the Physical Therapy program to facilitate the rehabilitation of people with physical and or psychosocial disabilities. The Physical Therapist Assistant works with the patients...
  1. Physical Therapist Assistant - PRN Danville, VA Danville Regional Medical Center
    Physical Therapist Assistant - PRN-7455-7087 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, provides physical therapy services to patients needing to develop, recover and maintain physical...
  2. Physical Therapist Assistant Moultrie, GA Colquitt Regional Medical Center
    Provide services as aPhysical Therapist Assistant. Minimum Requirements Current GA PTA License CPR and be a graduate from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
  3. Physical Therapist Assistant I Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    Physical Therapist Assistant I (PTA) works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to assist with a patients treatment program in accordance with federal guidelines and state practice acts. The PTA I assists in the provision of...
  4. Physical Therapist Assistant Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: Full Time Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Basic Summary: The Physical Therapist Assistant is a licensed professional whom provides physical therapy services to the patient as prescribed by the ordering physician and determined by the...
  5. Physical Therapist Assistant Piscataway, NJ Parker
    Parker is a pioneer in the field of long-term care and aging services. We are among the first to embrace person-directed care, small home models, and changing the conversation around aging in America. Parker is a not-for-profit organization with...
  6. Physical Therapist Assistant Danville, VA Danville Regional Medical Center
    Physical Therapist Assistant-7455-6591 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Plan, implement and evaluate patient care programs designed to increase, maintain, or restore physical functions to patients assigned. Participate in the training,...
  7. Physical Therapist Assistant Tulsa, OK Oklahoma State University Medical Center
    2 year/ Associate Degree License / Certification - OK Physical Therapist Assistant License(new graduates must take the exam within 3 Months & receive full licensure within 9 months) BLS
  8. Physical Therapist Assistant Searcy, AR Unity Health
    Degree Required Education: Minimum Associate's degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution offering training in this specialty, plus a supervised clinical internship to prepare for professional licensing. Must complete examination...
  9. Physical Therapist Assistant - Full Time Burns, OR Harney District Hospital
    Physical Therapist Assistant Full Time Salary Range: $20.75-$27.88 PURPOSE OF POSITION: Under the direction of the Physical Therapist, administers physical therapy treatment according to established professional standards and uphold patient...
  10. Physical Therapist Assistant Artesia, NM Artesia General Hospital
    Physical therapy services are provided in response to a physicians referral and physical therapists plan of care, in accordance with the laws governing the state of New Mexico, and within the scope of the therapist assistants training, knowledge,...
  11. Physical Therapist Rolla, MO Phelps Health
    Phelps Health Homecare Rolla, MO Home Health Full-time, Day shift, 8a to 5p Mon-Fri Req # 8051 The Physical Therapist is responsible to the Rehabilitation Manager for the delivery of patient care through the process of evaluation, planning,...
  12. Physical Therapist Assistant (Casual) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Under the supervision of the Physical Therapist, provides Physical Therapy services following the established practice guidelines, including treatment, education, documentation, and consultation services to improve clients' abilities to their...
  13. Physical Therapist Assistant-Flex Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Flex Position- Inpatient and Outpatient Coverage Performs specific job responsibilities: Provides patient care based upon therapist evaluation and plan of care and takes into consideration the patients age and level of development when...
  14. Physical Therapist Physical Therapy Leesburg, FL Central Florida Health
    Central Florida Health (CFH) is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. CFH provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through...
  15. PRN Physical Therapist Assistant.AMC Physical Therapy-43380 Shaker Heights, OH University Hospitals
    Description Assists the Physical Therapist in administering the Physical Therapy program to facilitate the rehabilitation of people with physical and or psychosocial disabilities. The Physical Therapist Assistant works with the patients...