How to write a Physical Therapist Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Physical Therapist Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Physical Therapist Assistant job titles

    Home Health Physical Therapy Assistant
    PRN Physical Therapist Assistant
    Physical Therapist Assistant (Part-Time)

Physical Therapist Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Physical Therapist Assistant job summary

Under the direction of a physical therapist, the assistant physical therapist will aid in a variety of patient care, including performing test, evaluations and help in complex procedures. They will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to implement the agreed-upon course of care for each patient. They are also responsible for adhering to the department’s treatment schedule, clinical procedures and billing documentation for each of their patients. The physical therapist assistant, under the guidance of the physical therapist, will work with and instruct family members and caregivers of the patient on their treatment plan and how to implement that program at home.

Physical Therapist Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Physical Therapist Assistant responsibilities

    Works with the physical therapist to implement patient’s treatment program.
    Coordinates with other members of the rehabilitation team to implement activities and programs based on the patient’s individual treatment needs.
    Handle scheduling of patients treatment, clinical visits and billing, and other documentation per the department’s requirements.
    Works with patients families and caregivers to implement treatment plans and appropriate activities at home.
    Maintains updated documentation on all the patients treated.

Physical Therapist Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Physical Therapist Assistant skills

    High levels of compassion and empathy
    Ability to stand for long periods of time, bend, kneel and lift heavy objects
    Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
    Physical therapy assistant licence
    Current CPR and first-aid certification

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