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EB05 - Physical Therapist Assistant I

Band 4  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Provides paraprofessional physical therapy services.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Assists in the evaluation of patients referred for treatment through routine measurements of injured parts for strength, grip, dexterity, coordination, swelling and range of motion.
Assists therapists with conducting perceptual-motor and behavioral programs and reporting progress.
Records progress notes in patients' charts.
Instructs patients in activities of daily living such as moving from bed to chair and from chair to walker, eating and personal hygiene.
Operates and supervises the operation of a wide variety of equipment including whirlpool baths, diathermy and ultrasonic machines, massage units, traction devices, knee exercisers and related equipment.
Instructs patients, their families and other health care providers in the appropriate therapy program.
Participates in individual patient care and team conferences, clinics and rounds; provides input into patient's plan of care.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

Knowledge of physical therapy principles, techniques, methods, modalities and proper applications.
Knowledge of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
Knowledge of possible hazards to patients during treatment and of precautionary and remedial measures.
Ability to report patients' progress through oral and written communication.
Ability to recognize patients' vital signs.
Ability to instruct other staff in treatment.
Ability to work effectively with patients, families and health care professionals.
Ability to plan training programs.
Ability to transfer and position patients and apply treatments.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Some positions require licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

An associate’s degree with major courses in physical education, physical therapy or a related field.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in physical education physical therapy or a related field.  Selected positions require licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Continuous)
Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Infrequent)
Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent)
Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent)
Ability to climb ladders. (Infrequent)
Ability to work indoors. (Continuous)
Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Frequent)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to twist at the waist. (Infrequent)
Ability to squat and perform job functions. (Infrequent)
Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Frequent)
Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous)
Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent)
Ability to fully use both legs. (Continuous)
Ability to reach in all directions. (Continuous)
Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous)
Ability to lift and carry 150 lbs., unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lift objects, up to 75 lbs., from floor level to height of 36 inches, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lower objects, up to 75 lbs., from height of 36 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lift and carry patients weighing up to 300 lbs., assisted. (Frequent)
Ability to push/pull objects, up to 200 lbs., unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous)
Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous)
Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet.
Must be able to maintain bi-lateral hand movement skills. (Continuous)
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)
Ability to be qualified physically (by medical personnel) for respirator use, initially and annually.

Additional New Requirements:
Ability to maintain a valid drivers license.
Computer literacy.
Ability to work rotating shifts.
Ability to work overtime as required.
Ability to learn and use new processes, tools and equipment as required.


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