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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for performing skilled sub-professional work in the application of physical therapy treatments to patients* or assisting in their application in a health care facility under the supervision of a qualified Physical Therapist. This involves treatment and prevention of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disabilities by applying direct physical therapy procedures to patients. The work is performed under the supervision of a qualified Physical Therapist who evaluates the patient, develops the treatment plan and designates specific responsibility to the Assistant. A Physical Therapist is readily available at all times for direction and assistance. Supervision may be exercised over one or more Physical Therapy Aides. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Applies heat, cold, electricity, light, water treatments massage, therapeutic exercise, training in phases of
ambulation and other activities or daily living according to the Physical Therapist's direction.
Observes, records, and reports the patients reactions to treatments and programs.
Prepares, sets up and maintains physical therapy treatment areas and equipment.
Provides for and observes safety precautions during all phases of treatment.
Confers periodically with the Physical Therapist regarding all facets of patient care and related activities.
Participates with other personnel in the formulation of the patients’ total health care plans when appropriate.
Inventories, cleans, stores and otherwise maintains supplies and equipment.
Supervises Physical Therapy Aides as directed by the Physical Therapist.
Performs record keeping functions related to maintenance and execution of the physical therapy program.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Working knowledge of the principles, techniques and terminology of physical therapy.
Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of apparatus and equipment used in physical therapy.
Working knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
Working knowledge of the concepts, scope and limitations of physical therapy.
Sufficient physical strength to support and lift adult patients.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of aides.
Skill in observing and recording patients' responses to treatments.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
*The term "patient" should be used when position is used in hospitals.
*The term "resident" should be used when position is used in health related facilities.
Certification and current registration by the New York State Education Department as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Limited permit – although not eligible for permanent appointment, candidates in possession of limited permits issued by the New York State Education Department may be employed on a temporary basis under conditions specified by the New York State Education Department.