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Cherokee Nation Physical Therapist in Tahlequah, Oklahoma


Plans and administers medically prescribed physical therapy treatment, performs physical testing for patient evaluation, and develops and revises policies and procedures for physical therapy.

Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services in accordance with the self-governance compact and funding agreement between the Cherokee Nation and the United States executed under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Provides physical therapy services of a scope, quality, and quantity consistent with Cherokee Nation policies. Performs patient test to evaluate range of motion, manual muscle test and other pertinent information. Evaluates, fits, adjusts and makes recommendations prosthetic, orthotic devices and durable medical equipment. Plans, directs, develops, coordinates and implements physical therapy activities for ambulatory patients according to applicable guidelines. Develops, revises and implements departmental policies and procedures. Plans and prepares written treatment program based on evaluation of available patient data. Maintains appropriate records and charts. Administers patient treatments as prescribed with evaluation/assessment of the effects of these treatments. Instructs, motivates and assists patients in nonmanual exercises. Instructs patient and/or family in physical therapy procedures to be continued at home. Administers manual therapeutic exercises to improve to improve or maintain muscle function. Reviews physician's referral, patient's medical records and performs patient interview prior to initiation of evaluation and treatment procedures. Confers with physician and other health practitioners to obtain additional patient information, suggest revisions in treatment and to integrate physical therapy treatment with other aspects of health care. Other duties may be assigned.


Directly supervises 1 to 3 employees in the assigned area. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Graduate of a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, or an approved successor organization.


Must possess a valid driver's license with a driving history verified through a motor vehicle report that meets requirements for Cherokee Nation underwriting rating.

Must possess and maintain a Physical Therapist License issued by the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.


While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


Restores patient’s function, alleviates pain, and prevents disabilities by planning and administering medically prescribed physical therapy. Provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results to develop a plan of care in an outpatient facility, acute care hospital, or community setting. This position serves a diverse population of: outpatient adult neurologic and orthopedics, outpatient pediatrics, and acute care. Acute care weekend coverage rotation is required.Work closely with: PT, OT, SLP, pediatrics, primary care, orthopedics, radiology, hospitalists, nursing, and behavioral health.


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ID: 2022-22131

Closing Date: 1/20/2022

Posting Salary: Based on Health Salary Schedule

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Post End Date: 1/21/2022