The Physical Therapist I is an entry level therapist who performs routine patient care and is responsible for all clinical aspects of assigned patient care, including evaluation and treatment, with supervision as needed.
What you will do:
- Assesses and treats within CA licensing Board and American Physical Therapy Association scope of practice; provides direct patient care that meets department and professional standards of practice
- Examines, evaluates, and tests patients with mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities or other health and movement-related conditions.
- Develops, implements, and modifies therapeutic interventions to alleviate movement-related impairments, functional limitations and disabilities; selects and administers appropriate assessment and treatment techniques; performs age appropriate competency skills in area of practice with fundamental skills in clinical reasoning, problem-solving, and interventions.
- Determines magnitude and impact of physical impairments or movement-related functional limitations, prognosis, plan of therapeutic intervention and appropriate frequency/duration of interventions.
- Evaluates for, recommends, applies and, as appropriate, fabricates movement- related assistive, adaptive, protective, prosthetic and supportive devices and equipment, and trains patients in their use.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of evaluation and treatment methodologies as applied to routine patient care.
- Knowledge of legal issues affecting the clinical practice.
- Knowledge of pathologies and injuries which result in physical impairments.
- Knowledge of principles, methods, equipment and theory of the practice of clinical specialty.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to develop and document clearly and accurately treatment goals that are realistic, measurable, appropriate, functionally based and that include patient/family input.
- Ability to develop, implement and adapt treatment programs.