Physical Therapy Assistant - Outpatient (Buerger Center)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_BUERGER-Buerger Center Ambulatory Care 

Req ID: 211874

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

Under the direct, on-premise supervision of a licensed physical therapist, provides physical therapy treatment procedures to an assigned inpatient caseload. Maintains an orderly environment in the physical therapy gym and treatment areas.

Job Responsibilities


  • Reads and reviews the medical record to understand the patient’s diagnosis, precautions, goals and treatment plans.  Asks questions regarding unclear information.
  • Provides direct interventions in individual or group sessions as planned, especially gait training, exercise and modalities.  Can treat patients in any setting in the hospital, including the ambulatory network.
  • Evaluates the patient’s response to intervention and documents patient progress in the chart. Instructs patients and parents in home program, especially gait training and transfer.
  • Informs the physical therapist of progress/problems with specific patients.
  • Performs care coordination tasks associated with patient care, including communication with hospital and community providers, tracking of medical equipment, etc.



  • Maintains current skills and knowledge by identifying own learning needs, both formally and informally, to practice a lifestyle of life-long learning. Seeks opportunity for clinical growth and development within the department through mentorship.
  • Pursues and achieves departmental competencies as assigned.
  • Attends in-services within the department and hospital as appropriate.



  • Maintains productivity and fiscal responsibility in the provision/utilization of services.
  • Actively participates in department planning meetings, and/or appropriate department initiatives.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

CPR (90 days)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Associates from an approved Physical Therapy Assistant Program.  

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: Minimum of 1 year of pediatric experience.

Additional Technical Requirements

Interpersonal relationships skills that permit effective communication with parents, children of various ages, peers and supervisors.

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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