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    Summary

    This is the full performance level for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Assignments include: service as an active team member in a comprehensive inpatient and/or outpatient therapy program with the following types ot patients: adult/geriatric, post surgical, general orthopedics, neurologic, amputation, spinal cord injury and general debility.

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    Responsibilities

    Major duties of the Physical Therapy Assistant include, but are not limited to:

    • Receives and interprets request or instructions for procedures from the physical therapist;
    • Plans and implements complex treatment programs including applying physical therapy procedures to veterans with simple and complex condition under the general supervision of a physical therapist;
    • Completes a preliminary review/examination of patient data, and develops/presents a patient profile to be used in assessing veteran's status;
    • Assists with or renders a course of treatment based on the assessment needs of the veterans in consultation with a physical therapist;
    • Assists therapist in development of comprehensive complex treatment plans that include long and short-term goals;
    • Persuades and motivates veterans and family members to participate in treatment plans and comply with indicated regimens and post-discharge activities;
    • Assist in the performance of, or independently preforms, complex treatment procedures utilizing the full range of modalities including heat, cold, sound, cold laser, electricity, and massage;
    • Administers complex active and passive therapeutic exercises;
    • Fits, adjusts and instructs patients in the sue of orthoses, prostheses, and mobility appliances;
    • Prepares and maintains appropriate equipment and supplies required for treatments;
    • Varies procedures and positions to adjust for the veteran's response to treatment, and with prior approval of the therapist, adapts technical procedures and approaches involving new and unusual treatment and rehabilitation objectives;
    • Modifies intervention environment, tools, materials, and activities in response to each veteran's response to treatment;
    • Prepares and presents written and oral reports for clinical professionals concerned with the patient's care;
    • Maintains a safe work environment to include non-technical maintenance of equipment, safety checks, clean, stocking, etc.
    • Performs all routine clinical activities under the general supervision of a Physical Therapist within the confines of the state practice act.

    Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday and Sunday - Thursday
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/514460800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.