Physical Rehabilitation Therapy and Services


Jobs in this family plan, organize, oversee, and participate in rehabilitative programs that facilitate rehabilitation of or restore functional capabilities and skills, relieve pain, and maximize capabilities of patients/residents with physical disabilities, disorders, or injuries.

Typical functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Develop and implement a physical therapy treatment plan.
  • Utilize various treatment modalities and equipment as appropriate and/or prescribed.
  • Observe patient/resident tolerance of treatment procedures and make adjustments within specified goals and boundaries.

The work assigned to positions in this series ranges from implementing therapy plans to developing physical therapy plans and programs.

Physical Therapist Assistant

This is a licensed paraprofessional position accountable for helping patients/residents develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.  Directly involved in providing therapy to patients through the use of adaptive devices and equipment, and contributing to therapy plans through recommendation and documentation.  Performs billing, ordering and stocking supplies, and other clerical duties.  Maintains adaptive equipment and patient documentation.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of current physical therapy modalities and treatment techniques and of human anatomy and physiology.  Ability to observe and record patients’/residents’ progress towards treatment goals and tolerance of treatment activities.

Typical qualifications

Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Pay grade

Physical Therapist

This is a licensed professional position responsible for treating injured, ill, or disabled patients through therapeutic use of everyday activities to help these patients/residents develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.  Acts with independence in directing screening and assessment, treatment, intervention, administration, program planning, and documentation for acute and long-term care patients to enable them to improve their optimal functional abilities.  Applies clinical reasoning in developing physical therapy plans and programs.  Plans the workload of employees, and provides supervision, training, and development.  Delivers work direction and clinical supervision to Physical Therapist Assistants and other support staff.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level:  Knowledge of principles and methods used to develop and implement individual treatment plans.  Ability to understand, interpret, and adapt a physician’s written or oral directions utilizing evidence-based treatment options; and to plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinate therapists and aides.

Typical qualifications

Licensure as a Physical Therapist.

Pay grade