Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Welia Health
  • Mora, MN 55051, USA
  • May 13, 2022
Full Time Therapy

Job Description

Administers physical therapy treatments to patients, working under direction of and as assistant to Physical Therapist, by performing the following duties.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.   Follows documentation guidelines per department protocol and policy.   Provides treatments based on the Physical Therapist’s Plan of Care.  Compiles data on patients' response to treatment and documents progress in the electronic medical record.   Administers interventions to include:      Therapeutic exercise.      Neuromuscular Re-education      Functional retraining in self cares, ADLs, home management, community and work.      Work conditioning.      Manual therapy techniques.      Fits, adjusts and trains patients in use and care of devices, braces, and equipment.      Wound management.      Electrotherapeutic modalities.      Physical agents.      Mechanical modalities.   Confers with members of physical therapy staff and other health team members, individually and in conference, to exchange, discuss, and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment programs.   Instructs, motivates and assists patient and family members in treatment plan and home program and provides written direction when necessary.   Assists physical therapist, patient, and family members with discharge planning and implementation.   May perform clerical duties such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.   Appropriately instructs, orients, delegates and monitors treatments or work activities by aides and students.   Participates in QA/PI activities to ensure improved quality of patient care.   Treats within scope of practice and abides by State Practice Act guidelines.   Follows ethical/legal standards of practice per APTA guidelines.   Assists department manager in efficient operation of the department, as well as updating policies/procedures and forms.   May provide physical therapy outside of Welia Health facilities under specific circumstances.   Responsible for continued professional growth by completing at least 2 courses per year in the web-based educational program in addition to all other assigned courses.   Supports the policies and procedures of the hospital and the standards of JCAHO as required for full accreditation.  Supports JCAHO objectives.   This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position, as the employee will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.   Considers age-related factors in care, treatment, education, and evaluation of patients ranging from neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.  Applies knowledge of age-related factors appropriately in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies and procedures.   SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Rehabilitation Services Aide.   QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Associate Degree from accredited school of Physical Therapist Assistant.   LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.   MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.   REASONING ABILITY Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.   CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Current MN Physical Therapist Assistant license in good standing. BLS Certification on an annual basis.  Specialty groups designed to serve specific diagnosis groups may require further certification and/or education.   PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 150 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.   WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.   Performs a Class II job as classified by OSHA and may be exposed to Class II hazards.

Employment Type (feed only)

Full Time