Physical Therapist Assistant

Essential Functions

Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be expected to:

1. demonstrate manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and tactile abilities to perform procedures as directed by the physical therapist, and in accordance with the treatment, measurement, and observational skills expected in the field of physical therapy.

2. demonstrate visual acuity and auditory ability to assess the condition of a patient and administer safe and effective patient care.

3. demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills for effective patient management and implementation of selected treatment interventions.

4. demonstrate the ability to apply universal precautions.

5. demonstrate the physical agility to respond to patient and family needs, including unexpected changes in the patient's status.

6. demonstrate the physical ability to assist patients with gait training, bed mobility, and transfers to/from the bed/mat, wheelchair, car, or floor.

7. demonstrate proper body mechanics for lifting.

8. lift persons/objects in excess of 100 pounds with assistance, and carry/transport objects weighing 50 pounds or more.

9. tolerate prolonged standing, stooping, squatting, bending, pushing, and pulling.

10. demonstrate the ability to read, write, understand, and speak English.

11. demonstrate the ability to utilize appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and written communication with patients, families, clinicians, students, faculty, and other personnel.

12. perform physical therapy procedures in a safe, ethical, and legal manner.

In conjunction with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will work with students with disabilities to inform them of program essential functions and reasonable accommodation measures.

A qualified applicant with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the same essential functions as a non-disabled person in the same position.

The ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and VEVRE require employers to provide reasonable accommodation (modification or adjustment) to known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified applicants or employees with disabilities, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Accommodation is only required if the applicant or employee is otherwise qualified to perform the job.

Revised 08/12/14