The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) performs various types of physical therapy treatments and assists the physical therapist, as per state regulations, in treatment, evaluation, and documentation of progress of patients. A Physical Therapist Assistant may work with hospital inpatients and outpatients, nursing home residents, home health agencies, and other contracting agencies; and work collaboratively with community agencies to promote wellness and fitness for residents of our service area.
Demonstrates professional conduct and ethical practices in the clinical setting.
Demonstrates effective time management and utilizes supportive personnel effectively.
Administers physical therapy treatments and assists in patient evaluations, working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
Administers manual therapeutic exercises to improve or maintain function.
Motivates and assists patients in non-manual exercises and in functional activities.
Administers treatment involving application of physical agents; evaluates effects of treatment, and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefits.
Administers appropriate gait training.
Administers appropriate wound care, including dressing changes and debridement as needed.
Instructs patient, family and others in physical therapy procedures to be continued at home. Also establishes communication and enhances therapeutic rapport with patients, family and others.
Evaluates, fits and adjusts prosthetic and orthotic devices and recommends modification as necessary.
Confers with physicians and other health practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment program as discussed with treating PT, and integrate physical therapy treatment plan with other aspects of patient = s health care.
Remains current with and promotes the profession of Physical Therapy relative to its = contributions to improving wellness for health care consumers.
Is responsible for completing appropriate billing and other patient data information (tracking information, insurance authorization and re-authorization, etc.) as needed.
Actively supports departments and agency-wide efforts for quality monitoring and improvement to ensure the highest possible quality of service to our customers.
Serves or is involved with committees in rehabilitation or professional organizations.
May train and evaluate PTA clinical students from various schools.
Able to order, or delegate to support staff, needed day-to-day materials for operation of department or for patient use.
Provide input into annual performance evaluation of entire staff.
Assumes responsibility for own personal continuing education and development needs; and completion of annual/bi-annual competency requirements.
Graduate of a program accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the Department of Education and/or the council on Post-Secondary Accreditation (and a program approved by the APTA).
Maintains good physical and mental health in view of the substantial lifting (up to 50 lbs without help and over 50 lbs with the help of mechanical devices or other personnel), exercising, walking, and standing involved in this particular position.
Good manual dexterity necessary for handling equipment.
Ability to frequently transfer or assist in the transfer of patients.
Shows appropriate concern for patient/client safety and well being.
Shows concern for cleanliness of self and work area, and practice established universal precautions.
Works holidays and weekends as scheduled.
Works flexible scheduled hours and rotates to various locations (such as outreach clinics, nursing home, home care, etc.) to provide adequate patient coverage.
Community Health Network of Wisconsin - 2 years ago