Physical Therapy Assistant
Job Title: Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Reports to: Physical Therapist (PT) and Special Education Regional Coordinator
FLSA Status: Full Time; Hourly ($18.75/hour)
Standard Office Hours: Nine-month position, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and other times to reach agency goals or job duties.
Decision Making Authority: Responsible for best interests of the South East Education Cooperative (SEEC) in carefully utilizing funding to achieve expected goals. Approval required from the Special Education Regional Coordinator (or assigned designee) on specific matters as outlined in policies and procedures.
Under basic supervision of SEEC’s Physical Therapist (PT), responsible to provide physical therapy to appropriate and qualifying students, coordinate and collaborate with teachers, case managers and educational staff. Provide education to all team members and school personnel when needed and applicable. Responsible to represent the South East Education Cooperative in a positive way to staff and member schools. Supports the overall goals, objectives and strategies of the SEEC.
The purpose of this position is to perform specific pediatric physical therapy duties under the supervision of a licensed PT. Evaluations, treatment goals, treatment modifications, and discharges are established by the PT, and this data is interpreted by the PTA within the scope of their education. The PTA administers modalities, exercise, student education and other treatments to achieve student goals and outcomes, as determined by the PT. Treatment initiation and alterations are done with prior approval of the PT. The PTA responds to inquiries regarding student status to appropriate parties within the protocol established by the physical therapist.
Position requires close collaboration with South Valley and Rural Cass Special Education Director, SEEC Executive Director, teachers, qualifying students, and SEEC employees.
Significant Job Duties
85% Program Management: Physical Therapy (Under supervision of SEEC Physical Therapist)
- Perform therapeutic interventions, including compensation, remediation and prevention strategies and adaptations, focusing on functional mobility and safe efficient access and participation in activities and routines in natural learning environments.
- Provide direct or consultative services to students who have been identified through an IEP or 504 plan, provide services as defined by the IEP or 504 plan and attend IEP meetings.
- Collaborate with teachers and staff to schedule PT sessions and to check on student progress in the classroom. Provide recommendations to teachers and staff when necessary.
- Provide recommendations for equipment or materials for students needs and set-up maintenance and cleaning of treatment areas and PT equipment.
- Responsible for completing all required documentation concerning the PT program including, but not limited to, Medicaid billing for qualified students who use PT services.
- Proper and ethical managing of assigned grant funding including expenditure approvals to established limit, budgeting and grant reporting to meet established expectations/metrics.
- In conjunction with SEEC Physical Therapist, review past program trends, data and funding to provide input and/or write for future grant application(s) following agency procedures and policies.
- Manage assigned program area(s) in a business-like and disciplined manner that includes administration and evaluation consistent with best practices.
- Communicate the value, results and effectiveness of services provided to enhance continuous improvement.
5% Legal, Compliance and Safety Programs
- Supports agency approved policies and best practices that ensure effective and efficient legal, compliance and safety programs.
5% Sustain Long Term Viability and Growth
- In conjunction with the Executive, review the current PT programs and identify potential opportunities that align to the agency's strategic goals.
5% Professional Development
- Build and extend own knowledge through a variety of professional development activities including but not limited to webinars, training classes, special certifications and by engaging in other professional development activities.
Essential Skills, Experience and Expertise:
- Education: Graduation from an accredited PTA program with an Associate’s Degree. Must meet state requirements for practice. Must maintain continuing education requirements as defined by state regulations for ND licensure.
- Experience in the area of pediatrics/young adults and/or developmental disabilities is desired, but not necessary, with preference given to experience with school-age students.
- Ability to manage a caseload commensurate to their FTE status is necessary.
- Ability to adapt to rapid change and intervene promptly in crisis/emergency situations.
- Under the direction of a PT, must be able to provide direct therapeutic intervention for a varied pediatric caseload in a variety of settings and with a variety of diagnoses.
- Action oriented, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to service delivery.
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Requires excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills. Able to effectively collaborate with diverse groups and develop high performing teams; yet smoothly manages individual and group conflicts. Handles last minute pressure and keeps calm when faced with competing demands and priorities.
- Attention to Detail / Organization and Short/Long Range Planning: Excellent skills required.
- Confidentially: Requires proper protection, handling, storage and disposal of confidential and personally identifiable information (PII).
- Driver’s License: Required.
- Presentations / Speaking skills: Can develop and deliver effective small and large group presentations to a variety of stakeholders.
- Reading and Writing Skills: College Level: Requires analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills in a variety of areas per Bloom’s taxonomy.
- Math Skills: Adept at addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, fractions and basic descriptive statistics.
- Financial Management and Analysis: Able to develop, track, analyze and explain budgets, expenses and variances.
- Use of software and office equipment: Ability to use smart phones and tablets, cloud-based and internet apps, standard office equipment (copier, fax etc), computers, Microsoft office, other specialized software and the internet. Working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to create and alter documentations, forms, presentations and graphs. Able to retrieve / store documents on computer (desktop/laptop), shared site or on cloud-based service.
Position Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
A critical part of every position is achieving the goals set for the position while delivering high levels of satisfaction to internal and external stakeholders. This is realized by building positive internal individual and team relationships, positive relationships with external partners and exhibiting behaviors that contribute to the success of short and long-term goals of the agency. These behaviors include a focus on timely completion and high quality of work while following all legal, compliance, departmental, documentation, safety, timelines, program and other standards per company policies and procedures.
Performance is equally a function of goal attainment; timely and accurate completion of assignments; building positive internal and external relationships; planning, communicating and coordinating work to avoid last minute confusion; and adherence legal/compliance guidelines and policies/procedures.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Interaction levels with others: Requires high levels of interactions with others internal and external to the agency.
- Position requires travel within the SEEC service area, North Dakota to fulfill job goals.
- Ability to work under pressure and deadlines while maintaining professional demeanor.
- Alternative schedules and extended days are frequent.
- Sit / Stand / Walk / Stoop: Up to 8-10 hours a day for each activity individually or combined with sitting required for the majority of the time.
- Use of Phone/ Computer /Software / Office Equipment: Up to 8-10 hours a day for each activity individually or combined.
- Climb / Pull / Lift: Up to 8-10 hours a day for each activity individually or combined.
- Move and lift up to 50 pounds with assistance. A 10-ream box of copy paper = 50 pounds. Able to move and lift up to 20 pounds on own.
- Noise: Noise levels reflect typical office and may require hearing protection when using certain equipment or entering certain areas
- Temperatures ranges for work environment: Mostly a typical office environment with temperatures of 60-85°F, but can experience temperatures from -40 °F to 110°F when performing tasks outside of office.
- Hazardous Conditions or Chemicals Exposure: Exposure to small quantities of hazardous chemicals found in office supplies such as toner, glues, etc.
Special Position Requirements
- Travel: No overnight travel but potential of 50% travel primarily within North Dakota.
- Clothing: Professional attire that creates positive impression on staff, stakeholders, Board Members and funding or partner organizations.
This information is provided as a general summary of key elements of this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.