Physical Therapist Assistant (#RH6200)
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$28.24-$34.33 Hourly / $4,895.11-$5,950.04 Monthly / $58,741.42-$71,400.56 Yearly


Under general supervision, assists licensed physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatment for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An incumbent in this para-professional class works under the direct supervision of licensed physical therapists to provide treatment for patients with physically disabling conditions, injuries and diseases.


  • Utilizing proper techniques and safety precautions, administers therapeutic treatment to patients within the treatment programs established by a licensed physical therapist, including: passive to resistive exercises, muscle re-education, and mobility training. 
  • Observes and records treatment results; adjusts the treatment to the needs of individual patient with consultation of the licensed physical therapist; reports patient reactions and changes to the licensed physical therapist. 
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares reports. 
  • Assists in gathering patient assessment data; may contribute to the intervention plan and re-assessment process. 
  • Assists in instructing patients, parents and caregivers with home exercise programs and equipment utilization. 
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences as assigned. 
  • Participates in in-service education programs and staff development classes. 
  • May maintain treatment areas and supplies; may adjust and make minor repairs to equipment.


Licenses and Certificates: Must possess and maintain a current license as a Physical Therapy Assistant by the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBOC) and, if required by the nature of the assignment, must also possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license.


Principles, methods, materials, and equipment used in physical therapy; basic principles of anatomy and physiology; safe methods of positioning patients for treatment; body mechanics and safety procedures; possible hazards to patients during treatment and necessary precautionary and remedial measures; basic medical record keeping; basic computer operations, including pertinent software.


Demonstrate to patients and others, acceptable therapeutic techniques utilized in a wide variety of physical therapies; follow, understand, interpret, and implement a licensed therapist’s written or oral directions regarding physical therapy treatment plans; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, families, staff and others; utilize computers and standard office automation equipment; complete accurate medical records and/or charts; prepare reports.


Mobility - frequent standing for long periods; constant walking; occasional pushing/pulling; frequent bending/squatting; Lifting - occasional lifting of 5 to 50 pounds; restraining, lifting/turning, transferring people; Vision - frequent color perception; occasional eye/hand coordination, peripheral vision and depth perception; frequent reading; Dexterity-Frequent holding and repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking - constant hearing normal speech, talking in person, talking on the telephone; frequent hearing on the telephone and hearing faint sounds; Special Requirements - may require occasional overtime, and weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological - occasional emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; occasional exposure to depression and psychiatric disorders in patients; constant public contact and decision making; constant concentration required; Environmental - occasional exposure to noise; may be exposed to varied indoor temperatures, occasional exposure to cleaning agents.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH6200; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;