CCS (California Children's Services)- PHYSICAL THERAPIST (#PP5 )

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$49.81-$56.02 hourly / $8,634.00-$9,710.00 monthly / $103,604.80-$116,521.60 yearly


Under general supervision, to provide professional physical therapy services for physically disabled children and adolescents; and to do other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The CCS Physical Therapist performs physical therapy in a Medical Therapy Unit for the California Children’s Services Program for physically disabled children and adolescents. Incumbents work directly from a physician's prescription, which frequently allows considerable latitude in methods of treatment. Therapy plans are developed individually and in conjunction with other staff and carried out by incumbents.

Typical Tasks

  • Plans and administers physical therapy in accordance with instructions from physicians and supervisor;
  • Tests and grades muscle power and evaluates range of motion, sensation, and developmental levels; D
  • esigns and constructs or directs construction of special equipment and splints;
  • Teaches exercises to children and adolsecents;
  • Instructs children in walking, standing, balancing, and the use of crutches and braces;
  • Explains orthopedic recommendations to children, adolescents and others;
  • Consults with teachers, speech therapists and others as necessary;
  • Requisitions equipment and supplies;
  • Keeps clinical notes and records and prepares reports;
  • Maintains equipment;
  • Supervises the care of braces.

Employment Standards


  • Working knowledge of objectives and methods of physical therapy;
  • Working knowledge of principles of physical therapy for treating children and adolescents, birth to age 21, with chronic neuromuscular, muscular and orthopedic disabilities;
  • Working knowledge of testing and evaluating developmental, muscular and neural functions;
  • Working knowledge of neuromuscular function and dysfunction;
  • Working knowledge of skeletal anatomy, kinesiology and basic pathology of people with physical disabilities;
  • Working knowledge of construction, use and care of orthopedic appliances and equipment;
  •  Working knowledge of psychological problems of children and adolescents and their effects on family members.


  • Teach clients self-care and other suitable activities;
  • Understand and interpret physicians' orders and adapt treatment programs to individual circumstances;
  • Communicate verbal and written ideas clearly and logically;
  • Prepare reports and maintain clinical case records;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and others contacted in the course of work;
  • Set up treatment care plans for physically disabled children and adolescents.

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

  • One year of experience performing physical therapy with physically disabled children and adolescents. Experience in a physical therapy internship program for developmentally disabled children may be substituted for the required experience on a month for month basis.


  • Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C Driver License or the incumbent must provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
  •  Possession and maintenance of a valid license issued by the Physical Therapy Board of California to practice as a Physical Therapist in California


Bargaining Unit: General Representation Unit

EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 60

Worker’s Comp Code: 0290

CLASS: PP5; REV: 3/11/2016;