How to write a Physical Therapy Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Physical Therapy Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Physical Therapy Assistant job titles

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Lead Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (Outpatient Rehab)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (Part-Time)
  • PT Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Physical Therapy Assistant job summary

Our rehabilitation facility is currently in need of a full-time Physical Therapy Assistant to provide direct patient care services under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapy Assistant will be responsible for documenting patient treatments, changes in condition and other pertinent information as required. The successful candidate will also provide treatment and appropriate therapeutic techniques specific to the age and condition of each patient. This position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Physical Therapy Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Physical Therapy Assistant responsibilities

  • Administer treatment programs as established by Physical Therapists
  • Focus on providing the highest quality treatment for patients that allows for excellent patient outcomes
  • Assess patient condition using knowledge of basic biological and medical science
  • Propose treatment goals and objectives
  • Implement patient treatment plans with guidance from the Physical Therapist
  • Perform certain aspects of patient evaluation and interventions
  • Instruct patients on physical therapy interventions, modalities and home exercise programs

Physical Therapy Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Physical Therapy Assistant skills

  • Associate Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Current license as a Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current CPR and first aid certification
  • 3+ years’ clinical experience
  • Must possess a caring and compassionate demeanor
  • Home health experience an asset

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