PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT-ORTHO TECHNICIAN/ 40 HOURS/ DAYS/ BWH REHAB MAIN CAMPUS Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) 987 reviews


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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)/ Orthopedic Technician Role is a hybrid role consisting of two clinical roles.

The PTA / orthopedic technician is an individual with an unrestricted license to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In a PTA role the PTA / orthopedic technician performs selected interventions / components of physical therapy care under the direction of the Physical Therapist to whom the Assistant is responsible. Their primary responsibility is to provide delegated patient care interventions within their assigned area in accordance with State licensing regulations, departmental standards and policies, and accepted professional standards of care.

In an orthopedic technician role, the PTA / orthopedic technician, on physician order and per established procedures, applies, alters and/or removes casts, splints, orthotics, bed traction/ suspension equipment, and designated orthopedic equipment for inpatient and ambulatory clinic patients.

A PTA / orthopedic technician is responsible for complying with hospital and department procedures which include but are not limited to confidentiality, safety, infection control, documentation and charging.

Primary Assigned Clinical Area:

  • BWH Inpatient Acute Care
  • BWH Outpatient Ambulatory Care
  • Dana Farber Inpatient Hospital within BWH
  • BWF Inpatient Acute Care
  • BWF Outpatient Ambulatory Care


Patient Populations Served: All Age groups.

PTA Role Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Physical Therapist, provides delegated interventions to selected patients that may include:therapeutic exercise; transfer and gait training; activities of daily living; adjusting assistive devices such as canes, crutches, braces, prostheses, bandages, wheelchairs, and instructing patient in their use; use of all therapeutic modalities; selected measurement of joint ROM, gross strength of muscle groups, length and girth of body parts, and vital signs
  • Demonstrates competency in all clinical knowledge and skills specific to the patient case type(s) in assigned areas of care
  • Monitors patient’s response to treatment and modifies interventions as appropriate within the treatment plan established by the Physical Therapist. Discusses the patient’s status with the primary Physical Therapist prior to altering the treatment plan.
  • Assists Physical Therapist in performing tests and complex treatment procedures.
  • Follows established procedures and observes safety precautions in the use of exercises and modalities.
  • Documents patient’s intervention/treatments in hospital medical records according to departmental policy and hospital policy.
  • Communicates and coordinates patient care activities in the following manner to immediate supervisor concerning specific patient care duties to other physical therapists to discuss patient information for modifying and coordinating treatment programs to other health care team members at rounds and conferences to patients and their families regarding patient education and home instruction.
  • Orients departmental staff as assigned to Assistant’s role.
  • Participates in the education of affiliating students as appropriate.
  • Participates in activities that are directed towards developing and enhancing knowledge and skill.
  • Directs and monitors aides and other support personnel as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates competency in interventions relative to age specific needs for the patient population for which they provide therapy, and as described in the department’s practice standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Ortho Tech Role Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understands and accurately follows physician’s orders and departmental procedures for the application, alteration and/or removal of plaster or synthetic casts, splints, prefabricated orthopedic equipment, bed traction and suspension equipment and other designated orthopedic equipment.
  • Carefully inspects skin, observes patient for physical or emotional reaction(s) to procedure(s) and reports problem(s) appropriately and immediately to correct personnel.
  • Instructs patient and/or family member(s) per departmental procedures in cast, splint or equipment care, precautions regarding use of prescribed device(s), cleaning and maintenance of prescribed equipment. As appropriate, insures patient can don/doff equipment independently; informs physician if any problems and inquires whether the physician would recommend an occupational or physical therapy referral for further evaluation and treatment of the identified issue.
  • Accurately documents objective information in medical record. Appropriately communicates verbally or in writing using correct medical terminology. Demonstrates tact, good judgment, and timeliness in communications.
  • Records accurate and appropriate information for charging and inventory control.
  • Maintains a safe, clean and orderly environment for patients, coworkers and self by cleaning equipment and work area, storing supplies appropriately, handling equipment using appropriate body mechanics, and reporting any issues that require further maintenance or inspection to supervisor. Compliant with hospital regulations and departmental procedures for infection control, electrical equipment safety, confidentiality, fire and disaster plans.
  • Appropriately uses equipment and supplies for the efficient and cost- effective operation of the department and hospital. Responsible for identification badge, beeper, keys, computer access. Carefully inspects supplies and equipment when issuing; correctly notifies supervisor of any problems with supplies or equipment or patient complaints/ problems.
  • Establishes effective working relationships with coworkers, departmental staff, orthopedic personnel including physicians, nurses, medical assistants and secretaries and other pertinent personnel.
  • Attends and participates in departmental meetings. Records and submits information required such as orientation and competency data, education log, yearly mandatory information etc.
  • Compliant with all hospital and department policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a graduate of a CAPTE Physical Therapist Assistant program.
  • Must possess a current unrestricted license as a Physical Therapist Assistant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Successful completion of a formal orthopedic technician training program and current orthopedic technician certification from the National Association of Orthopedic Technologists is preferred or academic and clinical experience as an athletic trainer, occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant background.
  • Up to three months of orientation and competency certification is required to acquire necessary familiarity with hospital and departmental policies and procedures, if the incumbent has the preferred education and training background.


  • Must possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with a diverse patient population of varying diagnoses and case types.
  • Must possess sufficient knowledge and skill in Physical Therapy to effectively provide selected interventions to a varied caseload demonstrating sound judgment (up to 90% of work time).
  • Work requires up to three months orientation to acquire necessary familiarity with department and hospital policies and procedures and the specific quality standards of care and competencies, and procedures unique to the assigned patient area.
  • Work requires a level of knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy, and patient care procedures and techniques which are generally acquired through a formal orthopedic technologist training program or an allied health assistant training program.
  • Must possess effective communication skills (written and verbal) to interact with patients (up to 80% of work time), rehabilitation and medical team (up to 20% of work time), and patients’ families (up to 10% of work time).
  • Work requires prolonged walking and standing, lifting, transferring, and positioning of patients and equipment, and the transportation of patients.
  • Works with critically ill patients (up to 40 % of work time) that may produce a high level of stress and mental fatigue.
  • Most patient care (80% of work time) is the 18 to 65-year olds. The individual in this position must demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the principles of growth and development appropriate to patients from adolescents to geriatrics. In addition, the assistant must demonstrate competency in interventions relative to age specific needs for the patient population for which they provide therapy, and as described in the department’s practice standards.


  • Works in hospital environments where there is some exposure to blood/body fluids/hazardous materials, communicable diseases and unpleasant odors (up to 25% of work time).
  • Work requiring physical effort for lifting, transferring, and positioning of patients and/or equipment may result in musculoskeletal strain or injury with improper body mechanics.
  • Work requires use of sharp and/or electrical equipment (up to 20%), which could result in, cuts or burns with improper safety.
  • Works in a cast room with frequent exposure to trauma/cuts or incisions, unpleasant odors, moderate noise levels and dust from casting materials (up to 80% of work day).
  • Works in a patient care environment where there is potential for exposure to communicable diseases and the need to exercise sound Universal Precautions and other infectious control measures.
  • Must be able to consistently demonstrate safe handling of electrical equipment and carry out cleaning and safety practices.


Has no responsibility for the work of others.


  • Is responsible for working in a cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Must enter accurate and timely patient care documentation and charges.
  • Must report and conduct inventory control duties in a timely, careful and accurate manner.
  • Efficient use of supplies and equipment in patient care.

HOSPITAL WIDE RESPONSIBILITIES: These are required of all staff, regardless of position. Do not remove these standards.

Works within legal, regulatory, accreditation and ethical practice standards relevant to the position and as established by BWH/Partners; follows safe practices required for the position; complies with appropriate BWH and Partners policies and procedures; fulfills any training required by BWH and/or Partners, as appropriate; brings potential matters of non-compliance to the attention of the supervisor or other appropriate hospital staff.

EEO Statement

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability. BWH I CARE Standards

Primary Location
MA-Boston-BWH Boston Main Campus

Work Locations
BWH Boston Main Campus 75 Francis St Boston 02115

Physical Therapy

Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)


Standard Hours

Day Job

Employee Status

Recruiting Department
BWH Nursing / Patient Care Services

Job Posting
Jan 13, 2021

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