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Job Summary:

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) implements the treatment plan established by the Physical Therapist with age specific considerations. The PTA performs all functions under the direction and on-site supervision of the Physical Therapist. The PTA has a responsibility to participate actively in work process and program development to enhance the work environment.

Actively promotes a Lean work culture by performing team member duties to encourage consistent use of LEAN principles and processes, including continually seeking work process improvements. Recognizes the necessity of taking ownership of one’s own motivation, morale, performance and professional development. Strives for behavior consistent with being committed to Excela’s missions, vision and values.


Essential Functions: Defined as duties specific to the job, that, if removed, would change the entire purpose of the job; to include the Essential Physical Demands and Essential Working Conditions of this position.

  • Core Essential Functions:

  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.

  • Performs clinical responsibilities in a manner that provides effective, age specific patient care while achieving optimal outcomes.

  • Responds to the treatment plan established by the Physical Therapist.

  • Initiates discussion with other medical team members when appropriate to modify therapeutic programs.

  • Discusses any changes in the treatment plan and/or patient response to treatment with Physical Therapist in a prompt and professional manner.

  • Demonstrates appropriate use of various treatment modalities in patient care.

  • Adheres to ethical and legal practice standards.

  • Abides by relevant ethical codes and standards of practice guidelines.

  • Abides by State and Federal laws and regulations, including state licensure laws.

  • Maintains records in accordance with department and system policies that are accurate, concise, timely, and legible.

  • Documents therapy care in format and accordance with practice setting including: treatment provided, response to treatment, patient progress, education family conferences, and discharge planning as appropriate.

  • Communicates post- discharge needs to appropriate resources.

  • Documents patient care that is consistent with the guidelines and requirements of agencies and third party payers.

  • Educates all patients and families in a manner consistent with their level of understanding and therapeutic needs.

  • Considers patient and family goals in programming.

  • Provides patient and family members with educational materials.

  • Participates in patient/family educational programs as appropriate.

  • Documents education and training as well as patient and/or family level of achievement with training provided.

  • Captures maximum revenue for quality services provided while maintain established standards of care.

  • Utilizes appropriate documentation including CPT and CDM codes to match services provided.

  • Maintains adherence to established efficiency standards.

  • Completes daily charge entry accurately

  • Maintains current understanding pf patient care insurances and reimbursement issues.

  • Assures treatment does not extend beyond last covered date.

  • Assures prior authorization has been received prior to initiating treatment.

  • Promotes continual performance improvement both within Barclay Rehabilitation and throughout Excela Health.

  • Demonstrates individual initiative for performance improvement both within Barclay Rehabilitation and throughout Excela Health.

  • Actively identifies needs for improvement in Barclay Rehabilitation and system wide and discusses with manager.

  • Collaborates with patients, their families, and other health care members to provide excellence in patient care.

  • Communicates regularly with other team members via verbal, written, and/or established electronic communication methods.

  • Attends interdisciplinary team meetings when indicated.

  • Attends all required Barclay staff meetings. If absent or unable to attend, reads minutes and signs appropriate sign-in sheets to indicate review of material.

  • Will travel to other entities or sites within the System as patient census dictates, in order to provide quality necessary care where patient need is greatest.

  • Staff schedules require flexibility as they are dependent on patient care needs, which may include evening and weekend hours, as necessary to meet demand in their primary area or the needs across the system.

  • Participates actively in the ongoing development of new therapy programs and in the enhancement of established programs.

  • Attends appropriate internal or external education opportunities to promote growth and expansion of specific programs.

  • Researches appropriate innovative ides via journal and internet exploration and discusses these with manager leads, and peers.

  • Implements a self-directed plan for professional development.

  • Demonstrates an awareness of strengths and weaknesses and seeks guidance as needed to address limitations.

  • Initiates and participates in continuing education: lectures, video/audio conferences, written and online courses.

  • Develops and conducts in-service as appropriate to share information gained from external resources.

  • Maintains yearly record of Continuing Education via completion of Education Record.

  • Upholds fiscal and operational responsibility.

  • Utilizes supplies and equipment in a fiscally responsible manner.

  • Maintains a safe and clean work environment.

  • Maximizes utilization of non-direct patient care time.

  • Maintains responsibility for reporting accuracy of hours worked.

“Ability to perform the Essential Functions listed on the Physical Conditions and ability to perform the Essential Functions on the Working Condition chart (see attached chart).”

  • Specialty Essential Functions:


III. Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).

  • Participates in supervision of studies as appropriate.

  • Participates actively in professional activities.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.


  • Associates Degree, Physical Therapist Assistant

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program.

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • Current license in Pennsylvania as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Current, valid PA driver's license

Prior Experience:

  • None

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • None

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • Previous work experience; knowledge and application of Microsoft Office programs; coding; experience in specialty areas (i.e. pediatrics, geriatrics, and Occupational Medicine).

Physical Therapy Assistant (Lifeguard)- Addendum

Specialty Job Functions – If covering Aquatic Therapy Pool

  • Assist patients into/out of the pool safely

  • Oversee patients exercising in the aquatic therapy pools

  • Follow Aqua Therapy Policy

Required Qualifications

  • Current Lifeguard Certification through the American Red Cross: Lifeguard/First/Aid/CPR/AED

License, Certification & Clearances

  • Current Lifeguard Certification through the American Red Cross: Lifeguard/First/Aid/CPR/AED

The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)