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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
02.11.2019
Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program Ohio LPTA License or eligible to obtain OH licensure require All duties outlined within this document will be performed to established policies, procedures and guidelines within the...
04.17.2019
This is a PRN position only. Various work hours and locations. OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY: The Physical Therapist Assistant provides interventions, under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, that are designed to increase, maintain or restore...
01.25.2019
The physical therapist assistant is responsible for conducting treatment programs established and designed by physical therapists on in-patients outpatients occupational health patients and home care patients. Assist in the coordination...
03.08.2019
The physical therapist assistant is responsible for conducting treatment programs established and designed by physical therapists on in-patients outpatients occupational health patients and home care patients. Assist in the coordination...
04.19.2019
Physical Therapist Assistant DATE POSTED: February 21, 2019 DEPARTMENT: Therapy POSITION: Physical Therapist Assistant TYPE POSITION: Part-Time (Both Inpatient and Outpatient) HOURS OF WORK: 2-3 days per week. Approximately 20-24 hrs...
04.19.2019
Under the guidance of the Director of Rehab Medicine, the Clinical Coordinator, and the Physical Therapists, the Physical Therapist Assistant is responsible for treatment of patients following disability, injury, disease or amputation, to help...
03.10.2019
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...
03.20.2019
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...
04.17.2019
: A licensed physical therapist assistant who provides physical therapy services in a multi-disciplinary setting monitored by a licensed physical therapist. Job Requirements: Minimum Education Associate's Degree Graduate of an accredited...
02.26.2019
Our Physical Therapist Assistant provides individualized treatment within scope of PTA practice act for clients with needs for physical rehabilitation. Provides services and education of patients and significant others in a variety of settings...
04.18.2019
General care with large outpatient population - Acute Care, Transitional Care, Care Center residents, IP joint replacement clients This position may involve working occasional holiday and weekend coverage on a rotating schedule. JOB SUMMARY:...
04.17.2019
Purpose and Scope: A licensed technical health care worker who carries out planned treatment regimens or portions thereof as established by a licensed Physical Therapist. I. Position Requirements: A. Experience: Recommend that some of the...
04.19.2019
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF UNIT: The goal of therapy is to improve, develop or restore functions impaired or lost through illness, injury and/or deprivation. PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide physical therapy services to clients according to...
04.04.2019
Physical Therapist Assistants are skilled technical workers who administer treatment according to sources and procedures as directed by the Physical Therapist. Physical Therapist Assistants must strive to provide the highest possible level of...
11.28.2018
PRN Physical Therapist Assistant Come join our Rehab Team! Experience the benefits of working for Hillcrest, including: Collaborative environment with physicians, nurses, and other therapists Quality, patient focused care Competitive...
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