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Physical Therapy Assistant - Rehab - Per Diem/Days in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 3/19/2019

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Physical Therapy Assistant-PTA Job Description

Job Objective:

Reporting to the Director of Rehabilitation Services, provides for the provision of Physical Therapy services to patients under the direct supervision of the licensed Physical Therapist to support the Direction of Rehabilitation Services, the Physical Therapy Supervisor and the Rehabilitation Services Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Provision of Patient Care

1. Performs physical therapy treatments as outlined by and under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Treatments may include but shall not be limited to: gait training, transfer training, therapeutic exercises, application of heat or cold, ultrasound, massage, paraffin, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis and CPM application.

2. Performs therapy services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and Home Health patients as assigned.

B. Communication

1. Maintains appropriate patient records including daily treatment charting, documentation on the Multidisciplinary Care Plan and Teaching Record and any required communication to the referring physician.

2. Communicates effectively verbally and with written communications to referring physicians.

3. Provides timely and accurate billing information specific to patient interventions provided.

4. Maintains effective relationships with physicians, physician's offices, other departments within the hospital, coworkers and patients.

C. Administrative

1. Maintains patient and employee confidentiality.

2. Maintains adequate attendance and punctuality.

3. Maintains a professional appearance and good personal hygiene.

4. Participation in departmental staff meetings.

5. Demonstration of proper safety practices in the clinic and on the hospital floors.

6. Participation in the established weekend and holiday staffing rotations.

7. Participation in the Performance Improvement process in the Rehabilitation Services Department.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of the theory, techniques and practices of accepted physical therapy treatments for geriatric, adult, adolescent and child patient populations.
  • Knowledge of the English language and possess good composition skills for the purposes of written communication.


  • Skilled in the administration of physical therapy treatments in the inpatient, outpatient and home health care settings
  • Skilled in accurately assessing a patient's progress on the basis on judgmental criteria and measurable or verifiable criteria.
  • Skilled in providing training of non-medical personnel to assist with a patient's home program/management.
  • Skilled in computerized spreadsheet program or ability to be trained to use the program.
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and customer focus


  • Ability to communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with coworkers, managers, hospital staff, physicians, patients and outside customers.
  • Ability to collect and interpret data.
  • Ability to assemble and dismantle overhead trapeze and traction equipment.

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust

 Physical Therapy Assistant Job Requirements


Education and Experience:


  • Graduation from a Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Program.


  • Preference of 1 year of acute care patient clinical experience.

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Physical Therapy Assistant issued by the Board of Medical Examiners, State of California or eligible for license.
  • American Heart Association BLS CPR certification.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Position will require frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, twisting and reaching.
  • Frequently requires lifting in excess of 50lbs and pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs.
  • Potential exposure to radiation, chemicals and bio hazard which will require use of PPE

Additional Information:

Weekend and/or Holiday Rotation may be required.

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fasted growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer.