The Physical Therapy Aide is responsible for assisting in physical therapy treatment programs by carrying out specific treatments and preparing treatment equipment and areas. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Cleans and organizes work area and disinfects equipment after patient treatment. Observes patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patient responses and progress. Prepares status reports for the physical therapist to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordination of treatment activities. Measures patient's range-of-joint motion, body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of treatments and as documentation for patient evaluations. Instructs, motivates, safeguards, and assists patients practicing exercises and functional activities under direction of medical staff. Secures patients into or onto therapy equipment and transports patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support. Performs administrative support duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and completing forms. Administers active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, and heat, light, sound, water, and electrical modality treatments. Fits patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, adjusting fit as needed, and trains patient in use of orthopedic device. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of general office and record keeping procedures. Ability to conduct and instruct individuals in the performance of physical therapy and exercise routines. Ability to complete written reports and compile patient data. Ability to follow and apply oral and written instructions or demonstrations.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of high school diploma. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Two years experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities; Experience in interactive programming (Example recreation/physical training); Computer and writing skills required
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Special Work Condition
Special Application Information
Applicant must submit an official transcript by mail as a supplement to applications ONLY FOR FAMILY SERVICE WORKER positions. Transcripts will remain in file for future FAMILY SERVICE WORKER applications.
For all applications submitted for a continuously advertised class code. YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR THIS INFORMATION WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION ON-LINE. This addendum includes your preferences for the county(ies) and divisions you are willing to work. Please list only the counties in which you would be interested in working. Statewide designations will not be accepted.
Continuously advertised classifications, are intended to allow DHS to keep available a pool of qualified applicants should a position open.
Continuous applications will remain on file for 60 days.
All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired.
Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, résumé, transcript, licenses and any other information that you submit. (With the exception of transcripts, do not submit references, certificates, or other documents; bring them to your interview.) Therefore, it is important that you submit complete and accurate information and that you complete the application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. (Include all experience, even if you do not believe that experience to be relevant to the position for which you are applying.) You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
When submitting your State Application, you may refer to your résumé for the Employment History if your résumé includes all the information requested in the Employment History section of the state application (month and year employment began and ended, weekly hours worked, etc.).
Inadequate completion of your job history will adversely impact your comparison with other candidates.
False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination.
Benefit Package May Include: Health & Life Insurance, Vacation & Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Credit Union Available, Retirement, Career Bonus, and Deferred Compensation.
Arkansas Department of Human Services - 8 months ago