Physical Therapist Assistant (PTAs) will work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and/or supervision of Physical Therapists. He/she will provide treatment of individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. The PTA will implement selected components of patient/client interventions including treatment, obtain data related to intervention, and make modifications in selecting either to progress the patient/client or ensure the patient/client safety and comfort. Patient care focus will be on patients with geriatric and neurologic health-related conditions.
Education: Physical Therapy Assistant must graduate from a CAPTE Accredited PTA program. Must have a Florida State licensure or certification to work as a PTA.
BLS/AED certification is required and must be maintained; demonstrated competency within 90 days required.
Experience: Physical Therapy Assistant must have at least two years of experience working in a clinical setting. Ability to recognize and report abnormal symptoms of patient conditions. Knowledge of physical therapy techniques, demonstrated competency required within 90 days. Be able to handle various changing conditions with patient-interaction. PTA must demonstrate superior customer service and patient care mannerisms.
Business Skills: Knowledge of basic organizational tasks and patient care management skills with demonstrated specialty competencies. Adept at electronic medical records and proficient in computer skills, including Windows and MS Office.
Basic computer and phone skills plus good record keeping. Knowledge or familiarity of medical terminology and experience with EPIC and other medical software is necessary.
Requirements reflect the minimum level necessary to be eligible for this position. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Customer Service Performance
CUSTOMER SERVICE PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Courteous and helpful behavior towards patients, physicians, coworkers and external customers; professional and efficient verbal and written communications; accomplishing tasks through teamwork and initiative; and ensuring a timely and thorough response to complaints and/or critiques, and anticipating the needs of all you come in contact with.
Ability to lift twenty (20) pounds. Moving, lifting or transferring of patients may involve lifting of up to fifty (50) pounds, as well as assist with weights of more than one-hundred (100) pounds. Ability to stand for extended periods. Fine motor skills. Visual acuity. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stoop, stand and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach forward with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift or move 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Special Instructions to Applicants
All documents verifying accredit degrees and/or certifications must be included with a complete application.
Location MORSANI - USF TAMPA
Department Name Physical Therapy
Work Schedule Summary
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Performing patient care including re-examining patients and performing the plan of care as recommended by the Physical Therapist to provide therapeutic treatments. Assists therapist in evaluations, tests and complicated treatments. Reports patient progress and changes in status to referring physical therapist. Instructs patient on use of wheelchair, crutches, canes, braces, prosthetics as required.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Other duties, such as assisting in scheduling patients; attending meetings.