Physical Therapist Assistant Job Description

Physical Therapist Assistant Job Description

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Physical therapist assistant provides advanced rehabilitation services including spine rehabilitation, manipulation, massage, myofascial techniques, overuse injury rehabilitation, and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Physical Therapist Assistant Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective physical therapist assistant job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included physical therapist assistant job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Provides effective communication to patient/family, team members, physician, and other health care professionals to ensure coordination of services
Activities of daily living (ADL) training (Bed mobility and transfer training
Demonstrates clinical ability to implement the treatment program within the plan of care outlined by the physical therapist in accordance with patient response to treatment and/or change in patient medical status to maximize outcomes
Implementing treatment programs on the basis of clinical findings
Participating in clinical conferences to share and coordinate the plan of care for patients
Working collaboratively with other rehab therapists and nursing staff in a supportive team-working environment
Provide skilled physical therapy services / interventions using clinical reasoning
Assess patient needs
Plan for, evaluate, and modify care to meet goals of physical therapy interventions
Review daily clinical schedule and be able to anticipate treatment appropriately

Physical Therapist Assistant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Physical Therapist Assistant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, BLS, BCLS, AHA, AED

Education for Physical Therapist Assistant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the physical therapist assistant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Master's Degree in Physical Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Graduate, Education, Associates, Science, Applied Science, Administration, Education Program, Interdisciplinary

Skills for Physical Therapist Assistant

Desired skills for physical therapist assistant include:

Rehabilitation techniques related to complex neurological injury
Medical terminology
Growth and development appropriate to the age of the patient treated
Principles and practices of physical therapy
Older adult rehabilitation
Governmental and regulatory guidelines in designated healthcare settings
Guidelines governing functions in the post acute care facility
Practices and procedures the laws
State and federal regulations governing therapy services

Desired experience for physical therapist assistant includes:

APTA member
Prefer acute care experience, but new graduates will be considered
PTA Program per state guidelines
2 years as a PTA
Prefer one year of prior hospice, home care or LTC experience
Ability to demonstrate competency in the provision of individual care of patients based on the patients’ assessed age and developmental needs

Physical Therapist Assistant Examples


Physical Therapist Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of physical therapist assistant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for physical therapist assistant
  • Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program or an Associate Degree from a Physical Therapist Assistant program
  • Current Wisconsin licensure to practice as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant required
  • Possesses automobile liability insurance with $100,000/$300,000 coverage required, or $300,000 combined single-limit liability
  • NYS Physical Therapist (PT) and/or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • Current and Active Physical Therapist license within the state of operations
  • Current state of Pennsylvania license
Qualifications for physical therapist assistant
  • VA Physical Therapist (PT) and/or Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) license
  • New Jersey State Physical Therapist license or Physical Therapist Assistant license
  • Massachusetts Physical Therapist license or Physical Therapist Assistant license
  • 6+ months of previous experience as a Physical Therapist (PT) and/or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • NYS Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) license
  • New York Physical Therapist license or Physical Therapist Assistant license

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