Occ. Code 5702301

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT 1, GRADE 11

5702301

PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT 2, GRADE 14

5702302

SENIOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST, GRADE 18

5700300

HEAD PHYSICAL THERAPIST, GRADE 20

5700600

CHIEF PHYSICAL THERAPIST, GRADE 23

5700800

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

Physical therapy is the medically prescribed treatment of patients with disabilities resulting from disease or injury by the use of the therapeutic properties of heat, cold, water, light, electricity, sound, exercise, and massage.  The physical therapists utilize their knowledge of the patient, his/her abilities and disabilities, and their skill in treatment of the physically disabled, brain damaged, or neurologically deficient person toward the goals of stimulating growth and development, the improvement of coordination, and the ability to function with a prosthesis.

 

            There are positions in this series at the Helen Hayes Hospital; the District and Regional Offices of the State Department of Health; and in the State Developmental Centers and Psychiatric Centers of the Department of Mental Hygiene.  At the Helen Hayes Hospital they are concerned with patients handicapped by accidents and disabling diseases; in the State psychiatric hospitals with patients having other handicaps; in the developmental centers with individuals who frequently have physical disabilities for which physical therapy is appropriate. 

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT 1 administers a variety of selected forms of physical therapy such as ultraviolet or infrared rays and massage: instructs individual patients and groups of patients in simple active exercises and in those directed to restoring specific body functions; instructs in transfer procedures, as from bed to wheelchair, and in the use of crutches; administers hydrotherapy including baths and hot and cold packs; assists patients in and out of tubs; prepares patients for treatment and sets up equipment; cleans up and stores equipment after treatment; observes and reports progress or negative reactions and results.  Work is performed under specific direction and frequent observation from a higher ranking therapist.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Promotion:  One year of satisfactory service as a Physical Therapy Trainee 1.  Open Competitive:  Two years of college and one year of experience in the care of patients.

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT 2 under supervision from a higher ranking physical therapist, plans and carries out treatment including the full range of physical therapy as indicated and prescribed:  administers light, water, heat, cold, diathermy and electric therapy; teaches transfer procedures as from bed to wheelchair; administers muscle exercises and massage; observes, evaluates, and reports the relationship between the patients disabilities and the effect of treatment and the positive and negative responses to treatment.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Two years of permanent service as Physical Therapy Assistant 1 plus two years of college; or a Bachelors Degree and one year of service as a Physical Therapy Trainee 2.

 

SENIOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST plans, carries out, and supervises physical therapy as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team or as a clinical supervisor:  participates in unit program planning; evaluates the physical and neurological status of patients and plans individual treatment programs; plans and supervises the instruction of trainees; and reviews and inspects the work of subordinates; administers the more difficult and critical procedures; performs and interprets results of tests and measurements of the patients condition for use in preparing the treatment plan, modifying treatment and evaluating results of treatment; performs special tests to determine existence of neurological conditions or disease; carries out complex test procedures, determines kind and degree of muscular reactions to test, and interprets results of test; personally plans and administers physical therapy for patients who have severe or acute physical disabilities, such as fractures, amputations, hemiplegia, peripheral nerve injuries, or other forms of paralysis.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Promotion:  One year of permanent service as Physical Therapist.  Open Competitive:  License to practice physical therapy and two years of post-licensing physical therapy experience.  A Masters Degree in physical therapy may be substituted for one year of the experience.

 

HEAD PHYSICAL THERAPIST plans and supervises physical therapy for a major service unit (about 400 mentally retarded residents or about 200 physically handicapped or disabled):  supervises a small (3-10) staff of physical therapy personnel; plans and supervises training for staff and for related therapy disciplines; assigns staff to treatment teams and patients to individual therapists; approves individual treatment plans and group exercise plans; plans treatment for outpatient and day care patients; works with community groups and agencies to ensure treatment of eligible groups.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Promotion:  One year as Senior Physical Therapist.  Open Competitive:  License to practice physical therapy in New York State and three years of post-licensing physical therapy experience including one year as supervisor of a physical therapy unit.  A Masters Degree in physical therapy may be substituted for one year of the non-supervisory experience.

 

CHIEF PHYSICAL THERAPIST administers a large (more than 10 staff and at least 800 patients eligible for physical therapy) physical therapy service in a hospital for the emotionally disturbed, a school for the mentally retarded or the New York State Rehabilitation Hospital:  plans treatment program and its implementation institution-wide; acts as a general consultant to interdisciplinary teams on professional training and continuing professional education for staff, other disciplines of physical therapy treatment programs; plans treatment for out-patient and day care patients; works with community groups and agencies to ensure treatment of eligible groups.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Promotion:  One year as Head Physical Therapist.  Open Competitive:  License to practice physical therapy in New York State and four years of post-licensing physical therapy experience including two years of supervisory experience over a large, comprehensive physical therapy treatment program.

 

 

Reviewed:  1/03

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.