Physical Therapist Assistant

Posted on Dec 16, 2018 by EXOS

Stuart, FL 34994
Leisure & Sport
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Position Summary:

This position requires the responsibility of working with a licensed Physical Therapist providing treatment in a variety of settings such as: inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, and home care patient population. The Assistant will treat any patient who has previously been evaluated and assessed by a Physical Therapist and will progress the patients treatment as necessary. They will also be required to assist with transports and transfers of in-patients when necessary.

Essential Functions & Duties:

  • Provide the essential treatment with the guidance of a licensed practitioner
  • Demonstrate complete competence in oral and written communication while maintaining accurate departmental records for all facilities
  • Designs a schedule that allows completion of all work activities, including paperwork, in an efficient and effective manner
  • Collaborates with other professionals to serve the needs of the patient by actively listening, responding professionally to feedback, and demonstrating collaborative therapy and co-treatment
  • Earn continuing education of professional development units sufficient to meet requirements for certification maintenance as well as state licensure requirements
  • Other duties as assigned

Secondary Functions & Duties:

  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary for providing or facilitating treatment from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds
  • Participate and/or present in-service lectures to other staff members, students or other groups of interest
  • Assist with clinical education for PT and PTA interns
  • Assist in coverage needs for other facilities as needed
  • Assist with preparation of departmental objectives
  • Assist with departmental PI Data collection and peer review process
  • Serve on TRS committees as needed


Education and Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program or licensed by the state of Arkansas in the Physical Therapy Practice Act
  • Must be familiar with all up-to-date techniques and treatment equipment of rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, traction, therapeutic exercise, massage, wound care interventions, and their application to the patient
  • 1 Year clinical experience is preferred for Home Health positions
  • Licensure qualifies therapist to assess and treat the pediatric through the geriatric population with a focus toward National Patient Safety Goals
  • Licensed to practice Physical Therapy by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy Association

Skills and Core Competencies:

  • Uses appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication with all individuals when engaged in physical therapy practice, research, education, including patients, families, practitioners, and co-workers
  • Express own ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback
  • Read and record observations and plans legibly, efficiently, and accurately in documents such as the patients chart, which may be written or electronic
  • Observe patients for the purposes of eliciting information; accurately describing changes in facial expression, mood, activity, and posture; and perceiving nonverbal communication
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn and abide by professional standards of practice

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Possess the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways
  • Maintain and assume a variety of positions including, frequent standing, walking, bending, squatting, stooping, kneeling, reaching forward and overhead, turning, and movement of the trunk and neck in all directions
  • Perform manual material handling and manipulation of various sizes and weights including, lifting and transferring patients, guarding and balancing patients on level/uneven surfaces/ramps/stairs, pushing and pulling to provide resistance and to assist in maneuvering patients
  • Safely lift up to 50 pounds independently
  • Safely lift up to 200 pounds with assistance
  • Safely push and pull up to 200 pounds
  • Minimal to daily travel time may be required

Reference: 599428231

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