PTA-FT 40- 8a to 4:30p

Department:Physical Therapy

Immediate Supervisor:Director Therapy Services

Position Status:FT

Hours per week:40



Departments: Physical Therapy
Position Status: FT
Shift: 8a.m.-4:30p.m.
Hours per week: 40
Weekends: Yes

The Physical Therapist Assistant is responsible for treating patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and injuries using various modalities and exercise techniques, upon the evaluation and direction of a licensed physical therapist.  Assists with supervision of physical therapy technician, physical therapy assistant, students and volunteers/observers. PTA will treat in outpatient and hospital inpatient acute care settings. Maintains patient medical record and related documentation.  Communicates with and coordinates patient care with other members of the healthcare team.Participates in PI and inservice/continuing educational activities.


Associates degree from a Physical Therapist Assistant program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association.  Current licensure by the State of Illinois to practice as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.  Current certification in  AHA BLS CPR.                 
Training: Three months.

Experience:  Minimum of one orthopedic affiliation while in college, or other orthopedic or exercise experience.  Previous orthopedic or hospital work experience preferred.

Job Knowledge:  Knowledge of the role, responsibilities, and standards of practice for the physical therapist assistants as regulated by professional and governmental agencies.  Knowledge of hospital and departmental policies and procedures including the role of the PTA in the smooth operation of hospital and departmental functions and chain of command.  Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and various musculoskeletal and neurological disease processes.  Knowledge of the theory and rationale behind common therapeutic modalities, exercise, and gait training techniques.  Knowledge of the application and operation of various physical therapy treatments and equipment on pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients of Knowledge of medical terminology and note writing techniques.  The staff member must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit.  The PTA must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and process the ability to assess data reflective of the patients' status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients' requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed by the (neonate, pediatric, adolescent, or geriatric) patient group. 


Responsibility For: Procuring and maintaining licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant under the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.  Treating patients per instruction, protocol, and standard guidelines, progressing patient within the scope of the treatment plan outlined by the Physical Therapist.  Maintaining patient records and related documentation.  Communicating and coordinating patient care with physical therapist and other members of the healthcare team.  Assisting with the supervision of students and volunteers with patient care.  Participating in PI, in-service and continuing education activities.  Assisting with departmental inventory, stocking, cleanup, and billing as needed.

Physical Demands:
Frequent sitting, standing, sit to stand, walking, bending and reaching maneuvers.  Good vision, hearing, smell, touch and fine motor dexterity.  Frequent heavy lifting (50-100lbs) and transferring of patients and equipment. 

Special Demands:
Good written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to attend to multiple tasks and diverse patient population.  Ability to work cooperatively with others and function calmly under stress.  Neat, clean appearance.  Courteous friendly demeanor.