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PT Assistant

Category:

Rehabilitation Services

Department:

Rehab Services

Status:

Full Time

Schedule:

Full Time

Description:

SUMMARY

Administers physical therapy treatments to patients, working under direction of and as assistant to Physical Therapist, by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

**Administers active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic myofascial mobilization, and heat, light, sound, water, and electrical modality treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ultraviolet, infrared, and hot and cold packs.

**Administers traction to relieve neck and back pain.

**Instructs, motivates, and assists patients to learn and improve functional activities such as preambulation, transfer, ambulation, and daily living activities.

**Observes patients during treatments and compiles and evaluates data on patients' responses to treatments and progress and reports orally or in writing to Physical Therapist.

**Fits patients for, adjusts, and trains patients in use and care of orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices such as crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.

**Confers with members of physical therapy staff and other health team members, individually and in conference, to exchange, discuss, and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment programs.

**Assists in orientation of new Physical Therapist Assistants and directs and gives instructions to Physical Therapy Aides.

**Performs clerical duties such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.

**Measures patient's range-of-joint motion, length and girth of body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of specific treatments or to assist Physical Therapist to compile data for patient evaluations.

**Maintains adequate documentation of all patient care.

Direct Care

Direct care will be provided to the inpatients, outpatients, extended care and HH patients in the CFVH service areas of Plains, Thompson Falls, and Hot Springs.

The PTA will be responsible to carry out the PT plan of care as developed by the patient's Physical Therapist.

Alteration of the plan of care will be the result of a mutual decision by the Physical Therapist and the PTA.

PTA will be responsible to see that PT reassessments occur on a timely periodic basis each 6th visit or 2 week interval, whichever comes first as required by the practice act.

Supervisory and Organizational Responsibilities

The staff PTA will be responsible for onsite direct supervision of the PTa as provided for by Montana law.

The staff PTA reports to the Physical Therapy department Manager and the treating physical therapist.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

The PTA must be a graduate of an accredited Physical Therapy Assistant program and be currently licensed by Montana State Board of PT Examiners.

The PTA will attain and maintain adequate continuing education credits as required by Montana State Board of PT Examiners. Applicants for CEU's will be expected to be tied to perceived needs of the service community.

The general nature of this practice requires familiarity with a wide variety of problems and treatments. The PTA should strive to be as competent and knowledgeable as possible.

The normal hours of work for this position are 40 hours per week.

Salary Range:

19.45 - 28.21

Posted:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Closing:

Open until filled

Contact information:

Stacy Torgerson, Employment Specialist
10 Kruger Road / PO Box 768
Plains, MT 59859
Phone: 406.826.4982
Fax: 406.826.4992
Email: storgerson@cfvh.org

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