The Physical Therapist Assistant – PTA within the Wellness and Rehab Department assumes responsibility and accountability for the total care of a designated group of patients/client under the clinical direction of the authorizing physical therapist. The Physical Therapist – PTA provides physical therapy treatments in accordance with established evidenced-based and best-practice guidelines, in accordance with system, hospital and departmental policies and guidelines and in accordance with federal and stated practice acts. The Physical Therapist Assistant – PTA is considered a professional and takes responsibility for personal and professional growth; assumes responsibilities to promote and advance the profession within the professional and general community. The Physical Therapist Assistant – PTA functions under the general supervision of the Wellness and Rehabilitation Department Management Team and clinical supervision of the authorizing physical therapist. The Physical Therapist Assistant – PTA assumes responsibility to meet or exceed all established hospital and department performance indicators and assures that her/his actions are in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and values of La Porte / Starke Hospitals and the Wellness and Rehab Department.
- Minimum of an entry-level Associates Degree required.
- Advanced certifications are preferred for specialty areas (e.g. Aquatic Certification and Certified Pool Operator if specialty area is Aquatics).
Licensure & Certifications:
- Must maintain an active Indiana License
- CPR required within 3 months of hire.
- If specialty setting is Aquatics, Aquatic Certification must be achieved within one year of hire, and Certified Pool Operator – CPO must be obtained within 6 months of hire.
- Planning - Assists the Physical Therapist in evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment plan and makes appropriate changes to achieve desired clinical outcomes.
- Treatment - Utilizes appropriate treatment methods based on functional needs of the patient.
- Education - Utilizes appropriate education and training to provide knowledge of illness and treatment needs as well as skills and behaviors that promotes recovery and improve function.
- Documentation - Completes appropriate documentation and communication of all aspects of patient care including results of initial evaluation, plan of care, interventions, and response to interventions, changes in status, reassessment, education and discharge.
- Professionalism - Utilizes sound professional judgment based on knowledge, skill, education, training and experience.
- Aquatics – the Physical Therapist Assistant – PTA working in the specialty area of Aquatics will achieve a certification of Certified Pool Operator – CPO, and an Aquatics Certification. They will assume responsibility for all care and operations of the warm water therapy pools within the Wellness & Rehab Department, including taking water samples, testing and adjusting water chemical levels, and general maintenance and cleaning of the pool/s.