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Senior Physical Therapist Assistant

Covenant Health

Covenant Health

Knoxville, TN, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024
Job Title
Parkwest Medical Center
Department Name


Senior Physical Therapist Assistant

PRN/OCC, Hours vary, Day Shift

Parkwest Overview:

Parkwest is West Knoxville’s premier medical facility and a top performing heart hospital. In addition to providing the area’s leading cardiac services, Parkwest has been nationally recognized for award-winning care throughout our facility. For 2020-21 Parkwest received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Top 10” hospitals in Tennessee.

Position Summary:

Under supervision of a licensed physical therapist, implements treatments; monitors patient progress; modifies or progresses treatment plans as per goals set by the therapist as defined by State Practice Act. Responsible for additional job responsibilities which may include program development and staff orientation/ training.

Recruiter: Jason Shubert || jshuber1@covhlth.com || 865-374-5393


  • Clinical practice – Administers treatment programs, including specialized treatment
    • Adheres to the "Definition and Utilization of the Physical Therapist Assistant" as stated in the current American Physical Therapy Association policy.
    • Monitors patient progress and makes recommendations to the physical therapist in accordance with patient needs and evidence based practice.
    • Documents patient progress in medical records for assigned patients.
    • Provides input for patient care and discharge planning with other health professionals.
    • Meets established targets for passive/active treatment ratios
    • Involves patient and family in treatment, education and goal setting. Coordinates with other medical personnel regarding patient’s progress, needs and discharge planning.
    • Demonstrates knowledge and competency including providing for age-specific needs of the population served.
  • Serves as a resource person for staff on an ongoing basis
    • Provides 4 hours education/mentorship time per year. This includes:
    • Peer counseling/Mentorship
    • Community lectures/Volunteer
    • In-services/Case studies
  • Participates in development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care and evidence based practice. This includes:
    • Evidence based practice protocols
    • Clinical outcomes analysis and communication to team
    • Participates in the development of new policies
    • QI/QA
  • Maintains and updates patient documentation in accordance with professional, departmental, organizational, and payer guidelines and timeframes. Maintains established targets for compliance with chart audits.
    • Meets established target for:
    • Quality/outcome measures
    • Service/patient satisfaction measures
    • Financial/productivity measures
    • Growth/patients-per-day measures
  • Demonstrates leadership including, but not limited to:
    • Participates in development and implementation of new and current programs
    • Participates in training, orientation and supervision of support staff
    • Participates in orientation of new licensed staff
    • Acts as Clinical Instructor for ate least one student per year as available
    • Participates in peer evaluations for competency assessment
    • Assists with continuing education courses hosted by Covenant Health
    • Participates in professional organization/meetings (TPTA, APTA)
    • Volunteers for Covenant Health activities such as the marathon, golf tournament, sports physicals, employee education, etc.
  • Complete partnering activities per established targets per month.
    • Physician office visits
    • Community lectures/volunteer
    • Case Manager visits/marketing
    • Provide in-services
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education:

Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Minimum Experience:

Two (2) years of experience with at least one (1) year of experience in the specialty area

Licensure Requirement:

Must have and maintain Tennessee Physical Therapist Assistant licensure. CPR required.


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