Physical Therapist Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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Physical Therapist 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.

  • Physical Therapist
  • Senior Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist (Early Intervention)
  • Physical Therapist (Part-Time)
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
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Physical Therapist Job Description Examples:


Example 1

*Contract Physical Therapist Positions / * *Edmonton* The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and innovative supports and services to children, youth and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Principles of person-centered and family-centered care are embraced. This key individual will focus on the development of functional physical and motor development. Experience and knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder is preferred. Responsibilities: * Participate in a multi-disciplinary team providing expertise in physical therapy * Conduct appropriate assessments * Consultation with parents and guardians on their child's respective goals, plans and challenges * Collaborate with the clinical team in the development of the child's programs * Perform home and Centre visits to implement programs * Collect and summarize clinical data for reports as required * Provide home and program orientation and PT specific training to new Aides and * Anticipate, assess, and report risk management issues to the clinical supervisor Qualifications: * Registered Physical Therapist * Knowledge and understanding of: Behavioural intervention programs, direct teaching strategies, Pivotal Response Training, theory and principles of child development, early childhood services * Excellent Interpersonal skills * Excellent written and oral communication skills * Demonstrated crisis assessment and intervention skills * Valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle * Clean Criminal Record Check * Clean Child Welfare Check Contract length: 6 months Application deadline: [phone number]06-17 Job Type: Contract Salary: $105.00 per hour COVID-19 considerations: The Centre practices extensive covid precautions including: daily screeners, PPE, and sanitization procedures * Physiotherapist (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

Position Summary: Reporting to the Clinical Support Manager, the Physical Therapist I will work with the client and as a member of the team, to develop therapeutic programs and interventions that will assist in the healing process, living well/maintaining health. The Physical Therapist I is responsible for the delivery of Physiotherapy services for residents within Rosehaven’s Provincial Program and/or Continuing Care, and assumes responsibility for the clinical and administrative functions of the service. This includes planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating the physiotherapy clinical program, supervising physiotherapy personnel and acting as a resource. Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Physiotherapy or Bachelor's degree + related experience
  • Registration with the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta
  • Experience working in a long-term care/behavior management environment an asset Requirements:
  • To work as a member of the team and to develop an integrated plan of care
  • Uses clinically accepted procedures; plans, modifies, implements, evaluates and documents the treatment of each resident
  • Conducts a physiotherapy program to assist participants to regain or maintain an optimal level of independence, and decrease pain within the limits of the individual’s mental/physical ability Reference ID: TBG [phone number]Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Schedule: * Day shift
  • Example 3

    *From Play to Words Inc.*is a growing private therapy practice that provides Physiotherapy services as part of a multidisciplinary team, primarily to children between 0-16 years of age. The successful candidate will provide services including assessment, consultation, and treatment for children with a range of disabilities, in collaboration with families and community partners in a variety of settings including home, clinic and schools. We are currently seeking a FTE 0.6-1.0 Physiotherapist (possible evening hours) with experience in paediatrics to join our team. *Qualifications and Experience* * Graduate of a Physical Therapy Masters degree program from a recognized University * Registered member in good standing with the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (CPTA) * Valid First Aid and CPR Certificates * Experience working as a Physiotherapist in paediatrics with demonstrated success in working with various levels and challenging behaviours or disabilities * Demonstrates strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills * Must have a valid drivers Licence & have the willingness to drive to and work in client’s homes *Key Responsibilities* * Work with clients and their families to set physical/motor goals which are and have targeted, measurable outcomes * Provide direct service, consultation, mediation and education to client, family and community providers * Utilize research to establish and support evidence-based practice * Provision of in-school consultations to parents and/or teachers as and when needed *Hours* · Flexible work schedules (days, evenings and/or weekends) available with additional options of completing the administrative part of the work (e.g. report writing etc.) from a home office. Part-time hours: 0.6-1.0 per week Expected start date: [phone number]12-01 Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent Salary: per year Benefits: * Casual dress * Company events * Dental care * Extended health care * RRSP match * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift Education: * Master's Degree (preferred) Work remotely: * No

    Physical Therapist 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 job summary

    Our physical therapy clinic, which focuses on sports injuries and joint disorders, is in need of a Licensed Physical Therapist. We’re looking for a compassionate, forward-thinking Physical Therapist who excels at assessing patients’ strengths and weaknesses and devising creative but effective treatment plans. Many of our patients are professional athletes, so all of our Therapists must practice discretion. We operate a high-energy, positive-thinking environment and we offer our patients gentle encouragement to achieve their goals. If you love motivating people and helping ease their pain, we’re interested in talking with you.

    Physical Therapist 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.

    • Meet with new patients and give them tours of our facility
    • Devise detailed treatment and care plans for each of the patients
    • Communicate and coordinate with patients’ physicians to ensure a consistent level of care
    • Visit patients in their homes and at other facilities on a limited basis
    • Exercise independent judgment based on experience to implement effective treatment combinations
    • Evaluate and report on patients’ progress
    • Assist administrative staff with billing and reporting inquiries
    • Comply with federal and state physical therapy regulations
    • Complete at least 10 hours of continuing education every two years

    Physical Therapist 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.

    • 6+ years’ professional PT experience with emphasis on sports injuries
    • Valid provincial Physical Therapist licence
    • Excellent work ethic and dedication to patient success
    • Basic computer skills
    • CPR and first aid certification required
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