Under the supervision and direction of a Licensed Physical Therapist, The Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA) assists in the practice of physical therapy. Responsibilities and tasks include:
- Carries out treatment plans that have been established by a licensed physical therapist for outpatients.
- Directs and aids patients in therapeutic exercise, gait and functional training, applies therapeutic modalities, and performs other activities according to the plan of care established by the licensed physical therapist and as permitted by the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
- Assists the physical therapist during patient testing, evaluations and complex procedures.
- Documents in computerized documentation system. Prepares correspondence and reports related to plan of care and patient progress.
- Performs duties with full understanding of related age specific factors.
- Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant program.
- TX licensure as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
- Critical thinking and judgment particularly in determining when to inform the therapist of a significant change in the patient's condition.
- Customer service abilities including effective listening skills.