Physcial Therapy Assistant I - Inpatient Rehab

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Date: Mar 27, 2019

Location: Newport Beach, CA, US

Company: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Job Description:

Performs physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected by the supervising physical therapist.  Works under the direction of a physical therapist for all clinical information.  Documents care given. 


The Physical Therapist Assistant displays and practices a work-style that reflects the mission, vision and values of the Rehabilitation Services Department, as well as the Organization. Projects an image of professionalism in communication, appearance and conduct.  Participates in the continuous quality improvement process. Maintains a working knowledge of departmental and hospital standards, policies, and procedures.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Essential Functions

Physical Therapist Assistant I:

  • Reviews the physical therapy evaluation, daily treatment notes, physician referral, and medical record before treatment.
  • Contacts the physical therapist regarding change in status of the patient and/or when a change to the treatment plan or goals may be indicated.  Changes to the treatment plan are done only with the approval of the physical therapist.
  • Provides interventions as part of the established physical therapy plan of care.
  • Progresses treatment towards goals established by the physical therapist.
  • Provides education to patient, family, and/or caregiver regarding purpose of activity, use of equipment, home exercise and activity.
  • Gathers data through valid and reliable objective testing and use of outcomes measures.
  • Seeks feedback from patient, family and others regarding provided treatments.
  • Completes documentation in a timely manner that contains all necessary information that meets all regulatory and insurance guidelines.  Documentation and signatures are legible.  Uses only approved abbreviations.
  • Communicates with physicians, and other health care team members as scope, licensure and regulation allows. 
  • Manages a number of patients at the same time with high energy and organization.
  • Oversees the clinical work of the rehabilitation aide.
  • Consistently meets departmental and clinical productivity and efficiency requirements.
  • With flexibility, provides care in multiple clinical settings and locations.
  • Actively seeks feedback and is receptive without becoming defensive.
  • Participates in outside continuing education and incorporates information into practice.
  • Demonstrates support for decisions made by leadership and senior administration.
  • Ensures that quality patient care is delivered to all patients on a 24-hour basis, and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of Hoag.
  • Completes mandatory stroke specific requirements for certification.
  • Acute Rehabilitation Unit: Demonstrates competency in Functional Improvement Measure (FIM) scoring.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




Education, Training and Experience



Physical Therapist Assistant I:

  • Current licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State of California, or eligible and applied for licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State of California.
  • Current BLS certification.


Preferred:  N/A


Skills or Other Qualifications



  • Critical thinking, ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively on the patient’s behalf. 
  • Works well 1:1 and in a team to obtain better outcomes.
  • Possesses a knowledge of the business of healthcare along the continuum of care, clinical decision support data analysis/synthesis, and quality improvement, regulatory and legislative issues.
  • Self-directed individual with ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines, excellent attention to detail, and maintain a high level of work quality.
  • Proven ability to interface with all customer levels (physicians, organizational staff, insurance companies, patients and family members).
  • Decisive and capable of exercising good judgment under pressure.



  • Qualified bilingual or multilingual candidates.    
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, plus healthcare database systems.


License and Certifications


Required:  See above


Preferred:  N/A

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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