Physical Therapist-Senior (#RH6203)
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$46.01-$55.93 Hourly / $7,975.51-$9,694.28 Monthly / $95,706.12-$116,331.39 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs skilled diagnostic and therapeutic physical 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 second level licensed class in the Physical Therapist Series. Incumbents utilize an advanced level of clinical skill while performing a variety of physical therapy services, including assessment, planning, and treatment. Incumbents may assist with instructing other physical therapy staff.


  • 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. 
  • Conducts and/or attends in-service education programs for a variety of departmental and hospital personnel; attends staff meetings and patient conferences. 
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports. 
  • May act as lead therapist and/or preceptor for physical therapists and other professional and/or para-professional staff; may assist with departmental orientation of new staff; may assist in coordinating physical therapy internship programs; may consult with supervisory staff and provide input into employee and intern evaluations. 
  • May assist with departmental projects.


Experience: One year of experience as a Physical Therapist in San Joaquin County. 

Experience: Two years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed physical therapist performing diagnostic and therapeutic physical therapy techniques for a variety of disabling conditions. 

Licenses: 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; 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; direct the work of others, including physical therapy services provided by para-professional staff; complete accurate medical records and/or charts; prepare reports; utilize computers and standard office automation equipment.


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: RH6203; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;