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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 310F
Category: Health Care


Perform physical therapy treatments to patients with complex medical problems, assist the physical therapist with tests and measurements, assist in the clinical education activities of the physical therapy department.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, provide physical therapy treatment to patients with complex problems such as burns or behavioral deficiencies; assist in instructing and evaluating students.

Typical Work

Performs all duties of Physical Therapist Assistant 1; provides treatments to patients with more complex problems such as burns, severe behavioral deficient patients or intensive care unit patients;

Provides required physical therapy services in clinics;

Participates in selected instruction and evaluation of students;

Assists in developing training programs for physical therapy students;

Cultures whirlpool tanks; maintains necessary supplies and equipment in hydrotherapy;

Orients new physical therapist assistants, aides, and student helper;

Orients, instructs, and assigns work to volunteers;

Participates in clinical education meetings with schools providing physical therapy curricula;

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

An Associate of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited program that includes patient treatment affiliation. Eighteen months of experience as Physical Therapist Assistant 1, or equivalent. Physical ability to move patients and equipment.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 3-23-87
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Physical Therapy Assistant II), class code (formerly 6129), adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises typical work; effective July 1, 2007.