Physical Therapist I
County of Santa Clara - Santa Clara, CA

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Under supervision, evaluates the physical therapy needs for assigned patients, and develops, implements, and documents treatment plans and goals to meet these needs, in an inpatient and outpatient hospital setting.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at

. Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East WIng, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Typical Tasks:
Patient Care

Performs relatively routine patient care with fundamental skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving and treatment interventions;

Examines, evaluates, and tests individuals with mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disability or other health and movement-related conditions;

Determines diagnosis of the physical impairments or movement-related functional limitations, prognosis, plan of therapeutic intervention and frequency/duration of intervention;

Designs, implements, and modifies therapeutic interventions to alleviate movement-related impairments, functional limitations and disabilities. Interventions may include, but are not limited to, the following: therapeutic exercise; movement-related functional training; gait training, manual therapy including soft tissue and joint mobilization; therapeutic massage; airway clearance techniques; integumentary protection and repair techniques; debridement and wound care; and physical agent, mechanical and electrotherapeutic modalities;

Evaluates for, recommends, applies and, as appropriate, fabricates movement- related assistive, adaptive, protective, prosthetic and supportive devices and equipment, and trains patients in their use;

Integrates examination, evaluation, movement-related diagnosis, prognosis and intervention in a manner designed to maximize outcomes, and modifies treatment accordingly;

Provides patient and family/caregiver education and training;

Performs indirect patient care duties that may include: communicating/coordinating care with patients, families/caregivers, and other professionals; discharge planning; documenting all elements of patient management; participating in patient care conferences; reviewing medical records; charging for patient care; referring to other professionals or resources;

Works to prevent injury, impairment, movement-related functional limitation or disability including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health and quality of life for all age groups;

Performs the tasks listed above for an assigned caseload of patients.

Clinical Supervisory Responsibilities

May supervise volunteers and students.

Administrative Responsibilities

Assumes selected responsibilities of other staff during temporary absences;

May assist with selected aspects of the orientation and training of new service personnel;

May assist in the day-to-day operations of assigned service.

Professional Development

Participates in internal and external professional and educational activities to enhance personal and professional growth;

Participates in hospital research as appropriate;

Assists with program development as assigned;

Provides guidance to interns, Physical Therapist Assistants and Therapy Technicians.

Employment Standards:
A valid license, or proof of application for licensing, from the Physical Therapy Board of California, to practice as a Physical Therapist in the State of California. Must pass the next scheduled examination as detailed in Article 2 of the State of California “Physical Therapy Regulations” or be released from position.

Sufficient education and experience to demonstrate the possession and application of the knowledge and abilities listed below.

Knowledge of:
Principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of Physical Therapy;

Pathologies and injuries that result in physical impairment;

Evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to routine patient care;

Regulatory practice requirements.

Ability to:
Develop, implement and adapt treatment programs;

Evaluate patients and interpret clinical data and make clinical judgments;

Write clearly and concisely;

Communicate effectively with patients, staff, and other health professionals;

Establish and maintain effective relationships with others;

Efficiently manage time and priorities;

Demonstrate appropriate patient handling skills;

Reach, grasp, manipulate and carry a variety of objects;

Assist, support, lift and transfer patients.

Veterans Preference Information

This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director.

Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran’s), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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