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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
NATURE OF WORK
An employee in this class assists a physical therapist with delivering therapy to students
with physical handicaps. Employee works with therapist to develop or improve students’
underlying skills that are prerequisites for academic learning. Employee is responsible
for adapting furniture, toys, clothes and equipment for use in therapy and for caring for
materials and equipment used in therapy. Employee washes equipment, toys, mats, etc.,
with anti-bacterial soap between student’s use to prevent the spread of disease.
Employee also coordinates a feeding program for students in therapy, ensuring that
teachers and cafeteria staff are aware of food allergies, special diets, etc., required by
students. Employee generally monitors the safety and well-being of physical therapy
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs scheduled therapy activities under the direction of a therapist; assists students in
preparation for physical therapy sessions, including obtaining and positioning proper
equipment, transporting student to class, and assisting student in preliminary lifting and
Monitors the safety and well-being of physical therapy students at all times; monitors
student attitudes and encourages self esteem; assists students with becoming increasingly
Confers with parents, doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, etc., to understand the needs
of assigned students and to assist in provision of appropriate services.
Confers with physical therapists, administrators, teachers and parents to coordinate a
feeding program for students; provides updated information to classroom teachers and
cafeteria workers regarding food consistencies, allergies, prescriptions or special diets
required by students.
Feeds students, as necessary, monitoring special diets; accompanies students to lavatories
and assists as necessary; administers medicine.
Prepares and cares for materials and equipment used in therapy; maintains and issues
supplies and specially adapted equipment, furniture, toys and clothing for use by students
in therapy; washes all equipment, toys and mats with anti-bacterial cleaner between
students’ use to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
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Performs general housekeeping duties; sets up various equipment each morning; puts
equipment away at the end of the day; performs repair and maintenance tasks related to
school and/or students’ personal equipment.
Performs various clerical duties as needed; maintains records of student progress and
reviews with therapist; ensures availability of proper records for meetings with
physicians, equipment specialists and others, as appropriate.
Participates in staff development workshops.
Completes random moment in time studies as required by MAC program guidelines.
Performs other related duties as required.
Completion of an accredited educational curriculum for physical therapist assistants and
two years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must
be licensed as a physical therapist assistant in North Carolina.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Must be able to use a variety of equipment and classroom tools such as computers,
copiers, typewriters, calculators, pencils, scissors, equipment for children with special
needs, etc. Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to
lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, handbooks, forms, lists,
etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, simple reports, forms, instructional
materials, etc. using prescribed format.
Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a
variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to
interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule
Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow
oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently.
Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Working knowledge of the theory and methods of physical therapy and their application.
Skill in modifying and constructing adaptive equipment and devices.
Skill in applying and using therapeutic equipment.
Ability to communicate with students, parents and teachers.
Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records.
REPORTS TO: Physical Therapist
FSLA STATUS: Non-Exempt
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level
of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain
or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and
qualifications required of employees in this job.