Physical Therapy Technician

JOB SUMMARY:

The technician will work under the general and direct supervision of the physical therapists. This individual will provide receptionist, secretarial, clerical, and housekeeping duties for the department with minimal supervision or independently. This individual will assist physical therapists in selected procedures as necessary, and perform other duties as requested.

  • PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Answering and managing calls to the department.
  • Schedule patient appointments and meeting for the staff
  • Prepare and maintain patient charts
  • Relay all patient charge slips, admission information and chart materials to business office, medical records, and any other department as necessary.
  • Pick up, sort and distribute departmental mail.
  • Perform departmental cleaning and maintenance. This includes managing supplies, inventory, and ordering as necessary.
  • Prepare and maintain patient care and treatment areas.
  • Take soiled laundry to the housekeeping department; bring clean laundry back to the department, sort and place in appropriate area.
  • Assist physical therapists and patients as needed in preparing for, during, and following treatments.
  • Provides specific treatment only as directed by the staff physical therapist. Adheres to standard of physical medicine practice for pediatric, adolescents, and geriatric patients and the general patient population.
  • Monitors vital signs, maintains adequate knowledge base regarding cardiovascular and respiratory precautions for the patient undergoing physical medicine services and treatments.
  • Communicates any changes in condition (physical or mental) to staff physical therapist, nursing and other facility personnel as appropriate.
  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Maintains department cleanliness and safety.
  • Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.
  • Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
  • Adheres to department policies and procedures.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION: High school graduate or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE: None necessary, but previous with patient care preferable.

ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL MOTOR SKILLS: Be able to read, write, spell and speak English fluently. Typing and computer skills (word-processing and spreadsheets, etc.) Good phone etiquette.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Good communication skills with people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, and throughout all age ranges. Must be able to follow written and oral directions, be organized and efficient, be self-motivated, and have a positive attitude.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate to heavy physical exertion required that includes: lifting, bending, and working with individuals of varying degrees of disability or impairment.

EXPOSURE TO HAZARDS: May be exposed to muscular string in lifting, moving, or assisting patients. May be exposed to possible repetitive use or cumulative trauma injuries. Conditions of the work may involve exposure to communicable diseases and on the job injuries.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising patient care.

All criteria based duties and standards within this document will be performed according to establish policies, procedures, and guidelines with the department and hospital.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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