Physical Therapist Technician
Basic Job Description:
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
A. Job Duties and Tasks for: Physical Therapist Technician
1) Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
2) Observe patients during treatment and document patients’ responses and progress, and report to physical therapist.
3) Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients practicing exercises and functional activities, under direction of PT/ PTA staff.
4) Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
5) Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
6) Confer with physical therapy staff and others to discuss and analyze patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment.
7) Record treatment given and equipment used.
8) Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, taking messages, and filling out forms.
9) Maintain equipment and furniture to keep it in good working condition, including performing the assembly/disassembly and routine maintenance of equipment and accessories.
10) Administer therapeutic massage, moist heat, cold pack, attended electrical stimulation, unattended electrical stimulation, manual deep tissue laser, and ultrasound as directed by the PT.
11) Wash, dry, fold, and organize laundry.
12) Arrange treatment supplies to keep them in order.
13) Assist patients to dress, undress, and put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, and slings.
14) Administer traction to relieve neck and back pain, using intermittent and static traction equipment.
B. Job Activities for: Physical Therapist Technician1) Assisting and Caring for Others** — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
2) Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
3) Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
4) Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
5) Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
6) Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
7) Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
8) Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
9) Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
10) Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
11) Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific self- goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
12) Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. .
13) Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically.
C. Skills Needed for: Physical Therapist Technician
1) Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
2) Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
3) Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
4) Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
5) Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
6) Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
7) Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
8) Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
9) Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
10) Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
11) Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
12) Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
13) Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
14) Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
15) Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
16) Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
D. Abilities Needed for: Physical Therapist Technician
1) Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
2) Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
3) Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
4) Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
5) Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
6) Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
7) Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
8) Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
9) Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
10) Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
11) Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
12) Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
13) Physical Abilities — Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs (carrying hotpack covers). Must be able to do the following: stand for 4-6 hrs, sit for 4-6 hrs while performing clinical and clerical duties, and walk 2-3 hrs sporadically. The aforementioned physical requirements are performed in short intervals throughout an 8 hr workday adding up to the total number of hours listed above.
E. Knowledge, Experience, Education Required for: Physical Therapist Technician 1) 90 Day Competency Evaluation — After the first 90 days, the PT Tech must complete a competency evaluation of all modalities and exercise implementation administered by the Supervisor.2) Annual Modality Competency Review — PT Tech must complete an annual competency review of modalities administered by a Physical Therapist.3) Customer and Personal Service** — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
4) English Language** — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $11.00 to $12.00 /hour
- relevant: 1 year (Preferred)
- Health insurance
- Retirement plan
- Paid time off