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PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE

The Physical Therapy Aide is responsible for assisting in physical therapy treatment programs by carrying out specific treatments and preparing treatment equipment and areas.

Class Code:

L085C

Job Grade:

GS02

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Cleans and organizes work area and disinfects equipment after patient treatment. Observes patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patient responses and progress. Prepares status reports for the physical therapist to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordination of treatment activities. Measures patient’s range-of-joint motion, body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of treatments and as documentation for patient evaluations. Instructs, motivates, safeguards, and assists patients practicing exercises and functional activities under direction of medical staff. Secures patients into or onto therapy equipment and transports patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support. Performs administrative support duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and completing forms. Administers active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, and heat, light, sound, water, and electrical modality treatments. Fits patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, and supportive devices, adjusting fit as needed, and trains patient in use of orthopedic device. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of general office and record keeping procedures. Ability to conduct and instruct individuals in the performance of physical therapy and exercise routines. Ability to complete written reports and compile patient data. Ability to follow and apply oral and written instructions or demonstrations.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of high school diploma. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

N
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