Physical Therapist – Acute Care

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Job title: Physical Therapist – Acute Care

Company: Tidelands Health

Job description: POSITION SUMMARY: Briefly describe the position’s purpose and main function; why the position exists.

Responsible for providing a full range of therapeutic services including assessment, treatment planning and therapeutic interventions in an interdisciplinary environment consistent with the position’s qualification, professional practices, and ethical standards. A physical therapist (PT) must be able to evaluate a patient’s condition and devise a customized physical rehabilitation and treatment plan. The PTs’ goal is to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability, to maximize quality of life in an acute care setting. The physical therapist shall also demonstrate accountability for the contribution to program development, quality improvement, problem solving, and productivity enhancement in a flexible interdisciplinary fashion. The employee may have job functions where they will handle and deliver medications based on the requirements of their job in the assigned work facility. The employee will complete other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Describe each major function and indicate the percentage of effort each function represents (maximum 25% for each) to total 100%. Include at least 4 or 5 essential functions (max 10) * Reviews physician’s referral (prescription), patient’s condition, medical history, and submitted medical records to determine physical therapy treatment required. Plans and prepares written treatment program based on evaluation of patient and incorporate proper interventions that can help patients better perform everyday tasks, decrease pain, ambulation, and improve strength and mobility.

  • Evaluate patients’ functional ability through various standardized tests, measures patient’s strength, motor development, sensory perception, functional capacity, and level of independence with daily activities, and records findings to develop treatment programs
  • Develop a treatment plan for patients with specific goals and tasks
  • Administers treatments involving application of physical agents, such as cold packs, contrast baths, moist packs, ultraviolet and infrared lamps, Iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound machines
  • Evaluates effects of treatment at various stages and adjusts treatments to achieve maximum benefit
  • Records treatment, responses, and progress in the patient’s electronic medical record and prepare reports as indicated by licensure, the provider, and or insurance recommendations
  • Instructs patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.
  • Completes documentation per clinical / department guidelines and meets expectations of monthly department chart audits.


  • Complete required orientation as directed by facility
  • Follow facility and OSHA safety rules and procedures while on assignment
  • Follow facility and Joint Commission guidelines and recommendations
  • Respect cultural and religious practices of patients
  • Uphold HIPAA regulations
  • Punctual and dependent for assigned/confirmed shifts
  • Achieves the established average monthly patient care productivity metric

REQUIRED/MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Describe the minimum job requirements: formal education/training and years of experience, certificates, licenses and knowledge, skills, and abilities.

EDUCATION: Must be a graduate of an accredited therapy program and performed the required clinical internships satisfactorily


LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: Licensed by the state of South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to utilize therapy equipment in a Tidelands Health rehabilitation setting to provide treatment and procedures preferred.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION: Include number of exempt/non-exempt employees administratively supervised (authority for all personnel actions, hire, fire performance appraisal, set salary, corrective discipline).

None required

FUNCTIONAL SUPERVISION: Include number of exempt/non-exempt employees functionally supervised (assign/review work, participate in interviews, input on performance appraisals).

Functional supervision of physical therapy assistants and rehab technicians

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Medium-Heavy: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) required to stand, sit, and walk; occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) to use hands, fingers; and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must exert 35 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 15 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Expected salary:

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Job date: Wed, 23 Nov 2022 08:54:04 GMT

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