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									                        GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
                            Physical Therapist
The role of physical therapy is to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain
and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or
disease. Therapy is important in restoring, maintain and promoting overall fitness and
health.

Job Duties for a Physical Therapist Include:

Examining patient’s medical history
Measuring a patient’s strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture,
muscle performance, respiration and motor function
Determining a patient’s ability to be independent and to reintegrate into the community
and/or workplace after injury or illness
Developing a plan of treatment clearing identifying its purpose and the anticipated
outcome
Implementing this treatment plan and/or supervising a Physical Therapy Assistant in their
implementation of this treatment plan
Using electrical stimulation – either hot or cold – and ultrasound to relieve pain and
reduce swelling
Using traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain
Teaching patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, protheses and
wheelchairs
Developing a home exercise program for patients to expedite recovery and promote
strengthening
Collaborating with other medical professionals, i.e. physicians, nurses, social workers,
occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists
Strong interpersonal skills in order to educate patients and coordinate care with other
healthcare professionals
Job Requirements Include:

Graduation from accredited physical therapy education program (MS or PhD program)
Pass National Certification Exam
State Licensure
Annual Continuing education units/classes



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                        GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
                           Occupational Therapist
The role of the occupational therapist is to assist people improve their ability to perform
tasks in their daily living and work environments by helping them develop, recover, or
maintain mobility and functioning needed to accomplish these tasks.

Job Duties for an Occupational Therapist:

Examining patient’s medical history
Evaluate and measure a patient’s strength, functional abilities, visual acuity, cognative
responses and manual dexterity
Determining a patient’s ability to be independent and to reintegrate into the community
and/or workplace after injury or illness
Developing a plan of treatment clearing identifying its purpose and the anticipated
outcome
Implementing this treatment plan and/or supervising a Occupational Therapy Assistant in
their implementation of this treatment plan
Use physical exercise to help patients increase strength and dexterity
Teaching patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as wheelchairs, orthotics
and aids for eating and dressing
Collaborating with other medical professionals, i.e. physicians, nurses, social workers,
physical therapists and speech-language pathologists
Strong interpersonal skills in order to educate patients and coordinate care with other
healthcare professionals
Assessing and recording a patient’s activities and progress
Design and create special adaptive equipment designed to assist patient accomplish the
necessary tasks in their daily lives and/or work place
Use computer programs to help patients improve decision making, abstract-reasoning,
problem-solving, memory sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills
Job Requirements Include:

Graduation from accredited occupational therapy education program (MS Degree)
Pass National Certification Exam
State Licensure
Annual Continuing education units/classes

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                        GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
                         Speech-Language Pathologists
The role of a speech-language pathologist is to assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent
speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other
related disorders.




Job Duties for a Speech-Language Pathologist:

Examining patient’s medical history
Determining a patient’s ability to be independent and to reintegrate into the community
and/or workplace after injury or illness
Developing an individualized plan of treatment clearing identifying its purpose and the
anticipated outcome
Use qualitative and quantitative assessment methods, including standardized tests, as well
as special instruments, to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of speech, language
and swallowing impairments
Develop a plan of care, tailored to each patient’s need
Use and teach augmentative or alternative communication methods
Teach patients how to make sounds, improve their voices, or increase their oral or written
language skills to communicate more effectively
Teach patients how to strengthen muscles or use compensatory strategies to swallow
without choking or inhaling food or liquid
Job Requirements Include:

Graduation from accredited Speech Language Pathology program (MS Degree)
Pass National Certification Exam – the Praxis Exam in Speech-Language Pathology
Receive a certain number of hours of supervised clinical practice and several months of
post graduate clinical experience
State Licensure
Annual Continuing education units/classes


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