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Physical Therapist

X34

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving professional level work in planning, evaluating and implementing physical therapy treatment programs and activities for individuals and groups.

Typical Functions

The functions in this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Plans, conducts, and evaluates physical therapy treatment/intervention programs and activities.
  • Interprets physician referrals and determines appropriate evaluation procedures.
  • Makes recommendations concerning standardized treatments or intervention based on medical indications.
  • Completes patient assessments related to various physical skills and functional abilities, including neuro-muscular, coordination and control, balance and ambulation.
  • Interprets results and proposes a treatment/intervention plan in conjunction with other team members, including short and long range goals, frequency and duration.
  • Provides treatment/intervention according to the prescribed plan, including task oriented activities, neuro-motor activities, and patient/family counseling and activities.
  • Participates in the assessment, design and fabrication of adaptive equipment and orthotic devices.
  • Evaluates patient response to treatment/ intervention and makes recommendations on changes in treatment as required.
  • Maintains records concerning treatment/intervention provided, including both subjective and objective data.
  • Maintains records on each patient.
  • Participates in a multidisciplinary team to assist in developing intervention strategies to meet the client's needs.
  • May provide limited supervision and training to therapy assistants and aides in the care and treatment of patients and the proper completion of standardized procedures.

Level Descriptors

The Physical Therapist job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the complexity of assigned duties, the depth and breadth of accountability, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and responsibilities and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I: Code: X34A Salary Band: K

This is the basic level where incumbents perform beginning level professional duties as a physical therapist, and develop their technical skills in screening, evaluation, assessment, program planning and intervention.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of professional physical therapy; of therapeutic techniques and their application; and of the use of materials and modalities used in physical therapy programs.  Ability is required to use therapeutic equipment and materials; to evaluate various skills and abilities, to administer prescribed treatments or conduct planned activities; to interpret medical referrals; to establish effective working relationships with others; and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a current Oklahoma license as a Physical Therapist issued by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.  (At this Level only:  A letter of eligibility issued by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision will be accepted as long as the letter of eligibility remains valid.  However, a valid permanent license as a Physical Therapist must be obtained prior to the expiration of the probationary period.)

Level II: Code: X34B Salary Band: L

This is the career level where incumbents are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level for performing all duties of a physical therapist.  The incumbent will assume a lead role in evaluation, assessment, program planning and intervention.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of professional physical therapy; of therapeutic techniques and their application to physical therapy; of standardized treatments prescribed for various conditions; of the procedures to evaluate various skills and abilities; and of the supplies, materials and equipment used in conducting physical therapy programs.  Ability is required to use therapeutic equipment and materials; to evaluate various skills and abilities; to administer prescribed treatments or conduct planned activities; to interpret medical referrals; to establish effective working relationships with others; to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing; to exercise initiative and independent judgment; and to mentor physical therapy students during field work experience.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one year of professional experience as a licensed Physical Therapist; or an advanced level masters degree or doctorate in pediatric rehabilitative services, pediatric occupational therapy, special education, or a closely related field may be substituted for the required experience.

Level III: Code: X34C Salary Band: M

This is the specialist level where incumbents are assigned responsibilities for performing advanced level technical duties in physical therapy.  Incumbents at this level may assume a lead role in evaluation, assessment, program planning, intervention, supervise physical therapy students during field work experience, and may be responsible for in-service training in areas of recognized expertise at the local, regional and state level.  Positions which are the only physical therapy position in a facility, with overall responsibility for the physical therapy program, may also be included in this level.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethics of professional physical therapy; of therapeutic techniques and their application to physical therapy; of anatomy and physiology; of standardized and special treatments related to physical therapy; of procedures for evaluating various skills and abilities; and of the supplies, materials and equipment used in conducting physical therapy.  Ability is required to evaluate individual skills and abilities; to develop physical therapy treatment plans; to administer prescribed treatments or conduct planned activities; to establish effective working relationships with others; to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing; to exercise initiative and independent judgment; and to provide in-service training at the local, regional and state levels in identified areas of expertise.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience or an advanced level masters degree or doctorate in pediatric rehabilitative services, pediatric occupational therapy, special education, or other similar degree may be substituted for two years only of the required experience.

Level IV: Code: X34D Salary Band: N

This is the leadership level where incumbents are assigned responsibility for developing and implementing a physical therapy program at an assigned location to insure that required treatments and activities are provided to individuals and groups.  This includes direct supervision responsibilities and the coordination of program requirements between units and with other divisions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus the ability to direct the work of others; to develop physical therapy programs and plans; to organize and coordinate physical therapy activities;  and to supervise and evaluate the work of others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus two additional years of qualifying experience

Special Requirements

Some agencies may require experience with specified client populations within the last five years.

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