GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT performs established physical therapy treatments under the supervision
of a Physical Therapist. Those treatments are designed to facilitate or restore physical function, relieve pain,
and maximize the capabilities of patients with physical disabilities, disorders, or injuries.
This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Treatment Planning. Typical tasks: assists Physical Therapist by reporting and recording patient's/resident's
progress to aid in ongoing assessment and modification of treatment plan; makes observations throughout the course
of treatment and reports changes which affect treatment plan; distinguishes problems which require immediate intervention;
reports to Physical Therapist for treatment plan modification; may choose appropriate therapy techniques and activities
from established plan to meet specified goals.
- Patient Treatment. Typical tasks: schedules treatment time; prepares treatment area by setting up mats,
treatment tables, weights, parallel bars, and other equipment used in providing therapy; prepares assigned patients
for therapy; provides hands-on therapy per Physical Therapist instruction (e.g., ice packs, moist heat, ultrasound,
soft tissue massage, paraffin, ultraviolet, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, traction); instructs and assists patient
in use of range of motion devices, muscle reeducation, neurodevelopmental techniques, relaxation training, and
ambulation/gait training; makes adaptations and adjustments to equipment to meet individual patient needs.
- Documentation. Typical tasks: reports patient's/resident's progress to Physical Therapist; documents
patient chart with the type of treatment given and patient's response to the treatment; documents contact with
staff, family, and community which is relevant to patient's treatment and needs; keeps Physical Therapist informed
as to patient's changing needs; maintains patient/resident treatment schedule and daily attendance records; compiles
data and assists staff in evaluation of service, quality of service reviews, or accrediting reviews as needed.
- Training. Typical tasks: may train direct care staff in the techniques of proper lifting and positioning
of patients and on the basic care of wheelchairs, braces, and other equipment used by patients; may provide in-service
training to direct care staff on individual resident's-patient's needs and problems as delegated by Physical Therapist.
- Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: prepares work orders for repairs to broken or unsafe equipment; prepares
written requests for adaptive equipment needed for assigned patients as delegated by Physical Therapist; maintains
and improves professional proficiency by attending in-service training programs and reviewing current physical
therapy literature; cleans work area and equipment.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have in-person contact for most of the workday with patients/residents with physical disabilities,
disorders, or injuries for the purpose of providing physical therapy treatment. Employees in this class also have
regular in-person contact with Physical Therapist and medical staff to discuss treatment programs and patient's
progress. Some employees in this class provide in-service training to direct care staff on a regular basis as delegated
by Physical Therapist. Employees in this class have contact with the community in coordinating equipment needs
or in providing information at the direction of the Physical Therapist.
These employees work under the general supervision of a therapy supervisor or manager who assigns work verbally
and occasionally in writing. Individual treatment techniques are reviewed 2-3 times a week to assure quality of
work performed meets physical therapy standards. Weekly meetings are held with employees to review patient progress.
Progress notes and treatment programs are reviewed monthly to ensure adherence to laws and rules regulating physical
Guidelines for decisions regarding physical therapy treatment and evaluation activities include American Physical
Therapy Association standards, State laws governing physical therapy treatment, departmental procedures manual,
and administrative rules and policies.
Positions in this classification are primarily found in health care facilities and hospitals and require the
willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose. Physical therapy treatments
may be administered in a physical therapy department, on ward, outdoors, or in a swimming pool. Some positions
need the willingness to work with patients who may become aggressive and/or have communicable diseases.
Possession of a valid Physical Therapist Assistant license (or other valid authorization) issued by the Oregon
Physical Therapy Licensing Board.