Physical Therapist (#RH6202)
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$38.97-$47.37 Hourly / $6,755.38-$8,211.21 Monthly / $81,064.59-$98,534.52 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs diagnostic and therapeutic therapy techniques 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.


This is the first licensed level in the Physical Therapist series.  Incumbents perform a variety of physical therapy services including assessment, planning, and treatment.  Initially, incumbents work under general supervision, but as experience is gained, may exercise more latitude and judgment and may be assigned to mentor less experienced physical therapists and/or students. 


  • Performs physical therapy evaluations and interprets findings.
  • Plans and implements physical therapeutic treatments for patients; establishes appropriate treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff; responsible for physical therapy services provided by physical therapist assistants.
  • May participate as a clinical preceptor for students and/or interns.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences; participates in in-service education programs and professional development classes.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.


Licenses and Certificates:  Must possess and maintain a current license as a Physical Therapist 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.


Current physical therapy theory, principles, methods, and, equipment;  anatomy and physiology; principles of psychological and physiological problems of persons with disabling conditions; principles of clinical supervision; medical terminology; basic medical record keeping; basic computer operations, including pertinent software.


Organize and implement physical therapy treatment programs; teach techniques of treatment in specialty areas; conduct individual and group treatment programs; direct physical therapy services provided by para-professional staff; interpret and adapt physician’s orders and/or written reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, parents, caregivers, staff and others; teach therapeutic techniques and modalities to 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 occasional repetitive motion; frequent reaching, grasping and writing, occasional manual operation of equipment and hand tools; Hearing/Talking - constant hearing normal speech, occasional hearing/deciphering disorders 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: RH6202; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;