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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Kaiser Permanente


14d ago

đź’Ľ Graduate Job


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  • You need an Associate's degree in physical therapy, PTA license in Hawaii, and BLS certification. Must be able to assist patients with functional tasks, have strong communication skills, and be adaptable.
  • You will assist physical therapists, implement treatment plans, provide direct therapy, record patient progress, collaborate with colleagues, and participate in program development to ensure the best possible care for patients.

Graduate Job



  • Provides selected physical therapy procedures to patients and assists in implementing treatment plan. Provides in manner that is consistent with department mission statement and responsive to unique needs of customers (e.g., patient and/or family, referring physician, and payer) including favorable clinical outcomes, quality service and access, and fiscal accountability.


  • Experience or successful completion of training program (pre-hire, post-hire, or on-the-job) in area of specialty, if applicable.
  • Education:
  • Associates degree in physical therapy. If graduated after 01/01/08, must have graduated from a physical therapist assistant curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association and have passed a National Exam issued by the Federation of the State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
  • License, Certification, Registration:
  • Physical Therapist Assistant License (Hawaii)
  • Basic Life Support from American Heart Association
  • Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to physically assist patients in performing functional tasks and therapeutic exercises.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, customer service, interpersonal relations, oral communication, problem solving, results orientation, systems thinking, team building, teamwork, and written communication.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • N/A

Area of Responsibilities



  • Greets patient. Establishes rapport with patient and/or family.
  • Implements designated parts of treatment plan with guidance from appropriate physical therapist, applicable care maps, and clinical protocols. Modifies specific treatment procedure in accordance with changes in patients status within scope of established treatment goals and plan. Communicates changes to physical therapist.
  • Consults with physical therapist regarding patients. Documents conferences.
  • Assists physical therapists by presenting appropriate cases, as defined by established procedures, at patient conferences.
  • Provides direct physical therapy treatment as appropriate including mechanical traction, unattended electrical stimulation, jobst/vasopneumatic devices, paraffin bath, wound care, manual electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, therapeutic exercise, mobility training, massage, group instruction for clinics, follow-up orthotics training, follow-up prosthetics training, functional activities and ADL training, patient and family education, work and hardening.
  • Performs measurement procedures and discusses results with physical therapist for their interpretation. Documents changes in patient status, treatment progression, achievement of goals, and need for discharge evaluation. Communicates such to attending physical therapist.
  • With prior approval of appropriate physical therapist and guidance of applicable care maps, clinical protocols, and job descriptions, delegates and instructs services to be rendered by physical therapy aide.
  • Participates in program development initiatives.
  • Exercises positive listening and communication skills and is good team player.
  • Participates in problem-solving.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge and appropriate application of CPT-4 codes for all services provided. Maintains current knowledge of coding modifications and/or definitions (e.g. attends ongoing coding training sessions).
  • Demonstrates evidence of professional growth. Participates in quality improvement activities, patient conferences, meetings, in-services, and rounds, research projects, continuing education courses, staff training and clinical preceptorships with students and volunteers.
  • Demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide care and/or service appropriate to age groups served.


Work type

Full time

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