Physical Therapist Assistant

NHC HomeCare Murfreesboro, TN

Definition:

The Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled technical provider of physical therapy treatments and related duties working under the direction of the Physical Therapist.

Line of Authority:

Physical Therapist; Director of Therapy Services, Administrator/Director of Services

Qualifications:

* Must have an Associate's Degree from a recognized Physical Therapist Assistant Program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.

* Must be licensed in the state in which the assistant will be practicing.

* Active member of state and national Physical Therapy Associations preferred.

Performance Requirements:

* Able to transfer, lift and guard patients safely with appropriate assistance.

* Able to bend, stoop, squat and lift numerous times daily (70 – 80 lbs) in the care of patients and use of equipment.

* Able to carry out fine motor skills with manual dexterity.

* Mental acuity, judgment and skills to adequately and safely perform job requirements.

* Able to see and hear adequately in order to respond to auditory and visual needs and clinical indications of the patients.

* Able to learn, absorb and apply professional training.

* Able to speak in a clear, concise voice in order to communicate adequately.

* Able to read, write and edit documentation.

* Must have reliable personal transportation.

Specific Responsibilities:

* Provides physical therapy services as directed by the physical therapist and ordered by the physician according to policies and procedures and state/federal regulation.

* Assists the physical therapist with evaluation of progress toward goals.

* Observes records and reports to the therapist the conditions, reactions and responses related to assigned duties.

* Maintains daily records of treatments. Documents progress notes regarding patients as directed by the therapist.

* Assists the therapist in consulting with patients, family members and other health care professionals as appropriate.

* Assists the physical therapist with inservice programs and other meetings as assigned by the physical therapist.

* Contributes to physical therapy related CQI, as requested.

* Participates in interdisciplinary conferences to maintain continuity of patient care.

* May serve as Advisory Board member as requested by the Administrator/Director.