The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) administers physical therapy treatments under the supervision of the Physical Therapist (PT), in compliance with federal, state, and industry standards of practice. He/She must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care in the home care arena. The Physical Therapist Assistant must possess the ability to: assess the patient’s status, identify each patient’s requirements, and to provide the care needed as directed by the Physical Therapist and in accordance with policies and procedures.
The ideal candidate for this position will have an associates degree from an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program and is certified to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant in this state. In addition, he/she must have one to two years experience in a similar setting, have a current driver's license, and valid auto insurance in this state.
The following is a representative list of duties and responsibilities associated with this position:
-- Administers physical therapy treatment to clients in accordance with prescribed treatment plan which may include: therapeutic exercises, gait training, elevation training, transfer training, group exercise class, soft tissue mobilization, and biofeedback
-- Reports orally or in writing to the supervising Physical Therapist concerns regarding patient status
-- Interacts well with all members of the Physical Therapy staff
-- Provides documentation on patient care plans
-- Prepares incident reports
-- Compiles statistical and treatment information for record keeping and third-party payors
-- Attends in-service training, conferences and staff meetings as necessary
-- Adheres to all safety, infection control, and quality improvement policies and procedures
-- Assures patient confidentiality at all times
-- Performs other duties as required