Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist is responsible for the implementation of the patient’s treatment plan using accepted and established forms of therapeutic exercise and modalities. Demonstrates knowledge of growth and development over the lifespan. Demonstrates the skills necessary for interpreting age-specific needs and provides appropriate treatment. Acts under a physician’s prescription. Consults with physician and supervising therapist regarding the patient’s treatment, reassessment and discharge recommendations on a regular basis.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
After the initial patient evaluation and assessment by the supervising physical therapist, collaborates with the physical therapist in establishing the functional goals and development of the treatment program.
Provides prescribed and appropriate treatment, adhering to precautions, indications and contraindications with ongoing monitoring and modifying care in direct response to patient’s tolerance and progress.
Regularly seeks out evaluating Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapists providing on-site supervision if the previous is not available to communicate the following:
Completes required documentation of all treatment interventions in the medical record as required by insurance, regulatory agencies and department policies, including co-signatures by supervising physical therapist. Completes daily charge entry billing sheets.
Complete the objective measurements for interim documentation to assist the physical therapist with the assessment of the patient’s progress towards discharge and the direction of discharge planning.
Provides ongoing communication/education with the patient and family, regarding the patient’s status, treatment/home program and progress towards goals.
Works as a team player and utilizes leadership skills for problem/challenge resolution while maintaining a positive work environment.
Confers with referring and consulting physicians; nursing personnel and other health professionals regarding patient’s progress and status and ongoing recommendations.
Assists with discharge planning, consulting with evaluating physical therapist as needed, by conferring with Social Work Services professionals with recommendations for follow up therapy and/or equipment needs, and instructing patient and/or family in home programs as needed.
Delegates tasks to rehabilitation technicians and assumes responsibility and supervision for these tasks.
Assists with and participates in department in-services education program, maintains professional growth and development by attending continuing education seminars and presenting in-services to department. Attends and participates in regularly scheduled department meetings.
Assists with and participates in the student clinical education program for physical therapy assistant studies by assisting with student training when requested and/or participating as a clinical instructor to a student after sufficient clinical experience is obtained.
The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide the care appropriate to the age of the patient served in their unit, including but not limited to principles of growth and development, psychological needs, physiological needs, etc. Such care should be provided as described in the unit’s department policy and procedure manual.
Required Certifications, Registration or Licensure:
Licensed in the State of Michigan.
- questions regarding the initial evaluation or POC
- inability to perform or inexperience with any of the techniques described in the POC
- inability to perform or inexperience with any of the techniques described in the previous daily notes or treatment logs
- noting that the treatment requested is beyond the scope of practice of an ATC
- unexpected changes in the patient’s status/progress
- any exacerbation and or gradual worsening of the condition
- any exacerbation and or gradual worsening of co-morbidities and/or mental status
- lack of progress
- progress greater than initially expected
- to request a change in the plan of care
- to request a re-evaluation
- to request a discharge evaluation
Minimum Knowledge and Education:
Normal office environment.
- Associate’s Degree from a Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
- Manual Therapy courses
- Outpatient orthopedics experience