Physical Therapy Assistant, Full-Time, First Shift, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care

Job Description

Physical Therapy Assistant, First Shift, Outpatient PT and OT Department

UC Health is hiring a full-time Physical Therapy Assistant for the Outpatient PT and OT department for the first shift at Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care.

The Physical Therapy Assistant implements physical therapy treatment plans as designed by the physical therapist to restore function, prevent disability, reduce pain, and return the patient to his/her maximum function. Follows organizational and department approved policies related to documentation, attendance, education, etc.

About Daniel Drake Center

Serving the Greater Cincinnati region for more than 165 years, UC Health Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care is the region's premier provider of post-acute and transitional care services. Centrally located in Hartwell, the Drake Center offers specialized care for people healing from complex illnesses and injuries and a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services, including medically complex care, skilled nursing, assisted living, wellness services and research.


Job Responsibilities:
  • Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.
  • Implements the treatment plan designed by a licensed physical therapist in collaboration with the treatment team. Records objective findings, including pain, per department policy and communicates findings with the primary physical therapist. Administers treatment according to department safety standards and changes the treatment program upon approval by the physical therapist. Utilizes updated treatment techniques. Counsels patients and families regarding evaluation results, treatment plans/goals, proper body mechanics, home exercises, and training and recommendations for discharge. Meets benchmark established for productivity at the beginning of each fiscal year.
  • Participates in department's performance improvement programs. Completes all annual reviews, chart reviews, annual competencies, and all mandatory requirements to maintain licensure, CPR, or any other required certification by due date. Participates on performance improvement committees as assigned. Able to articulate outcomes and improvements. Participates in educational in-services/opportunities to advance clinical knowledge/competencies. Timely presentation of materials to associates to share knowledge and communicate current activities of committees. Active participation in mentoring and orientation of fellow associates and students as indicated. Current activities of committees. Active participation in mentoring and orientation of fellow associates and students as indicated.
  • Consistently achieves benchmark of 90% compliance with criteria from chart audits. Completes all patient related documentation, including encounter forms/charge sheets, legibly and in a timely manner. Complies with all Organizational, department and regulatory standards.
  • Accepts at least one student per year according to department standards, needs and demand and provides appropriate supervision. Adheres to Organizational, department, and Human Resources initiatives and policies. Demonstrates time management skills by completing expected work during regularly scheduled work hours, arriving to meetings on time, completing assigned tasks by deadline, etc. Attends department meetings and inservices and demonstrates professional behavior. Maintains and clean and safe work environment. Uses Organizational information services appropriately. Maintains adequate inventory of supplies, and uses supplies resourcefully. Demonstrates an awareness of budget goals in terms of revenue and expenses, and makes recommendations for cost containment. Promotes a positive work atmosphere.
  • Demonstrates open, inclusive, respectful communication. Participates in problem resolution not just problem identification. Uses chain of communication appropriately to exchange information and communicate issues. Collaborates with physicians, nursing, and others as needed to provide the highest quality care to patients and residents. Provides updated and accurate information regarding patient status at care conferences. Provides information to facilitate smooth transitions for patients between levels of care. Demonstrates appropriate communication to customers, team members, supervisors, etc. Revises communication style to meet communication needs of current audience and environment.
  • Shares responsibility for the common goals of the team by carrying patient caseload consistent with peers, maintains benchmark productivity level within time designated to patient care. Available to team by being at work when scheduled, arriving on time, being prepared, being flexible in response to workload demands and helping others complete work when possible. Volunteers coverage for other associates with high census and other assigned projects when personal caseload is low. Assists with weekend and holiday coverage as census and staffing needs dictate.


Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Associate degree with a major in physical therapy assistant
  • Licensed by the State of Ohio as a Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Certified in CPR
  • Prefer one year, but will consider new graduates

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About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching-a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at