CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Physical Therapist Aides

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area. Clean and organize work area and disinfect equipment after treatment.
 
Observe patients during treatment to compile and evaluate data on patients' responses and progress, and report to physical therapist.
 
Instruct, motivate, safeguard and assist patients practicing exercises and functional activities, under direction of medical staff.
 
Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment.
 
Transport patients to and from treatment areas, using wheelchairs or providing standing support.
 
Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, and coordinating treatment.
 
Record treatment given and equipment used.
 
Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, and filling out forms.
 
Maintain equipment and furniture to keep it in good working condition, including performing the assembly and disassembly of equipment and accessories.
 
Administer active and passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, and heat, light, sound, water, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound.
 
Change linens, such as bed sheets and pillow cases.
 
Arrange treatment supplies to keep them in order.
 
Assist patients to dress, undress, and put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, and slings.
 
Measure patient's range-of-joint motion, body parts, and vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations.
 
Train patients to use orthopedic braces, prostheses or supportive devices.
 
Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, adjusting fit as needed.
 
Participate in patient care tasks, such as assisting with passing food trays, feeding residents, or bathing residents on bed rest.
 
Administer traction to relieve neck and back pain, using intermittent and static traction equipment.
 
Schedule patient appointments with physical therapists and coordinate therapists' schedules.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Patient record maintenance software Medical software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Anti-embolism elastic stockings Vascular or compression apparel or supports
 
Blood pressure cuffs Blood pressure cuff kits
 
Canes Canes or cane accessories
 
Cold packs Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
 
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
 
Electronic blood pressure units Electronic blood pressure units
 
Gait belts Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Hot packs Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
 
Hydraulic lifts Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories
 
Lower extremity prosthetic devices Lower extremity prosthetic devices
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Orthotic devices Orthotics or foot care products
 
Parallel bars Parallel bars for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Upper extremity prosthetic devices Upper extremity prosthetic devices
 
Walkers Walkers or rollators
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Clinical Rehabilitation Aide
Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA)
Occupational Therapy Aide
Physical Therapist Aide (PTA)
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
Physical Therapist Technician
Physical Therapy Aide (PT Aide)
Physical Therapy Aide (PTA)
Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Physical Therapy Attendant
Physical Therapy Technician
Physiotherapy Aide
Rehabilitation Aide
Rehabilitation Assistant
Rehabilitation Attendant
Rehabilitation Helper
Rehabilitation Technician
Restorative Aide (RA)
Restorative Care Technician
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Physical Therapist Aides
 
 
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