Physical Therapist Assistant

GrandCare Health - Pasadena, CA (30+ days ago)


Job Title: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

We currently have needs for certified PTA's throughout Southern California.

Reports to the Director of Therapy Services

The physical therapy assistant provides physical therapy services under the direction of the physical therapist and according to the physician’s plan of care.
Unless specifically required by law, rule, regulation, or local ordinance, all job attributes are preferred.


Current certification or license by State of California.
Prior experience practicing in the capacity of a Physical Therapist Assistant in a Community/home health setting is preferred but not required.
Demonstrates verbal and written communication skills; physical therapy assistant skills per competency checklist.
Possesses and maintains current CPR Healthcare Provider’s certification. Must involve hands-on skills testing/training.
Shows ability to organize and prioritize workload independently
Possesses and maintains current CPR Healthcare Provider’s certification. Must involve hands-on skills testing.
Shows ability to organize and prioritize workload independently
Must meet and maintain Continuing Competency Regulations of the California Code of Regulations Sections.

Essential Functions / Areas of Responsibility

Provides direct physical therapy according to directions of physical therapist and in accordance with the physician’s plan of care.
Treats patient to relieve pain, develop or restore function, and maintain maximum performance.
Directs and aids patients in active and passive therapeutic exercises, muscle reeducation, gait and functional training, transfer activities and prosthetic training.
Utilizes physical agents, including, but not be limited to heat, cold, water, light, electricity, ultrasound and massage.
Observes and reports to the physical therapist and the Organization personnel the patient’s reaction to treatment and any changes in patient’s condition.
Instructs patients in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, and prosthetic or orthotic devices.
Maintains necessary records; clinical notes and conference notes, which will be incorporated into the patient’s clinical record in prescribed time frames.
Prepares and submits clinical and progress notes/summaries via the organization’s EMR system: Kinnser
Participates in peer consultation process.
Provides in-service education programs for nursing organization personnel as needed.

Trains personnel:
Assists Director of Therapy Services and Physical Therapists in on-the-job training/orientation of Physical Therapist Assistants and Interns as needed.
Must have full knowledge of sterile techniques and its modification on PT as detailed in the Infection Control guidelines.
Participates in the organization’s Quality Management and Performance Improvement activities.
Participates in Organization Home Care Team Members meetings and Inservices/Conferences when requested.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.

Valid California PT license. Required.
One (1) or more years of experience as a PT, Home Health (preferred).
Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and automobile insurance. Note that we reimburse for mileage and/or provide a company car
Ability to communicate effectively in English; other languages capabilities are a big plus: especially Spanish.
Schedule flexibility is necessary to meet the needs of patients

This position requires you to come into contact with important personal patient information. A condition of employment is that you agree to sign and adhere to a confidentiality agreement. Due to the sensitivity and scope of this position, a background check and drug screen will be used as part of the employment decision as permitted by State of California Labor Code Section 1024.5

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 of the position in compliance with ADA/FEHA.
Occasional stooping. Frequent standing. Constant walking, sitting, climbing, reaching high/low levels, finger movement, feeling, speaking clearly, hearing conversationally, and seeing far and near.