Placer County

Physical Therapist - I (#14318)

$35.05-$43.77 Hourly / $6,075.33-$7,586.80 Monthly / $72,904.00-$91,041.60 Yearly

Physical Therapist - II (#14320)

$38.64-$48.26 Hourly / $6,697.60-$8,365.07 Monthly / $80,371.20-$100,380.80 Yearly


DEFINITION

To plan and perform physical therapy for children who are neurologically and/or orthopedically disabled due to cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, amputations, arthritis or similar conditions.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Physical Therapist I
This is the entry level class in the Physical Therapist series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under general supervision while learning job tasks.

Physical Therapist II
This is the full journey level class within the Physical Therapist series.  This class is distinguished from the Physical Therapist I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Physical Therapist I
Receives general supervision from a Supervising Public Health Nurse and may receive technical and functional supervision from a Senior Physical Therapist.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over clerical staff and volunteers.

Physical Therapist II
Receives direction from a Supervising Public Health Nurse and may receive technical and functional supervision from a Senior Physical Therapist.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over nursing, clerical and other physical therapy staff and volunteers.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evaluate, plan and provide physical therapy for children in a clinic, home or school setting.
  • Test and grade muscle power and functional activities.
  • Give gait and other muscle training exercises to improve coordination and mobility.
  • Instruct children in walking, standing, balancing and use of crutches and braces.
  • Teach children how to skip, hop, jump, skate and engage in similar physical activities.
  • Teach exercises that can be done independently.
  • Give breathing exercises.
  • Observe behavior and progress; assess and evaluate treatment, adjust accordingly.
  • Keep clinical notes and records and prepare related reports.
  • Instruct parents in home follow-up and use of special equipment.
  • Cooperate with teaching staff in securing carryover in treatment and training; and instruct teaching staff regarding care of children's physical disabilities.
  • Work with health and education authorities and community organizations in integrating State and local programs for children with physical disabilities.
  • Organize clinics and participate in conferences, study groups and parent and community meetings.
  • Supervise care of braces and other orthopedic equipment.
  • Design and/or direct the construction of special equipment.
  • Maintain treatment area and equipment.
  • Order or assist in ordering orthopedic and therapeutic equipment and supplies.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Physical Therapist I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: No experience is required.

Training:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in physical therapy or a related field.  A Master's degree in physical therapy is desirable.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration and current license as physical therapist issued by the California State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required. 

Physical Therapist II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible physical therapist experience, including one year in pediatric rehabilitation performing duties similar to a Physical Therapist I with Placer County.

Training:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in physical therapy or a related field.  A Master's degree in physical therapy is desirable.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration and current license as physical therapist issued by the California State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Physical Therapist I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and methods of physical therapy.
  • Skeletal anatomy and kinesiology.
  • Basic pathology and neurology involved in cerebral palsy and other disabling conditions such as myelomeningocele, amputations and arthritis, relative to the objectives of physical therapy.
  • Growth and development of children.
  • Physical and psychological problems of physically disabled children and their families.
  • Use and care of orthopedic and therapeutic appliances and equipment.
  • English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar; arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.
Ability to:
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time while preparing reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist and reach while assisting patients in moving to and from treatment area and in providing treatment and instructional activities.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see with sufficient visual acuity to observe patient's physical skills; and lift very heavy weight.
  • Teach disabled children the fundamentals of self-care and other suitable activities.
  • Explain and teach physical therapy to children, parents, teachers and other professionals.
  • Prepare reports and keep records of case histories.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and applicability of orthopedic and therapeutic appliances and equipment.
  • Use equipment and supplies utilized in physical therapy treatment; use various hand tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches to adjust therapy equipment and devices.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interviews; deal fairly and courteously with the public; and impart instructional information to patients, family and teachers.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use general office machines and technology.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Physical Therapist II

In addition to the qualifications for Physical Therapist I:  

Knowledge of:

  • Rules and regulations for operating under California Children's Services Program.
  • Policies and procedures of the Health and Medical Services Department, especially as related to the Public Health Nursing Division.

Ability to:

  • Independently perform physical therapy assessment, provide treatment and instruct patients and those who closely interact with patients.

CLASS: 14318; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 2/1/1998;
CLASS: 14320; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 2/1/1998;