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Physical Therapy Assistant (8272)

Physical Therapy Assistant

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TP57
  • Class Code: 8272
  • Established: 02/28/1979
  • Revised: 07/11/1984
  • Title Changed: --


Under supervision of a registered physical therapist, to assist in administering physical therapy treatments in a State hospital; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Carries out individual client care programs or portions thereof as planned by a supervising registered physical therapist; trains clients in exercises, ambulation, and activities of daily living; applies heat and cold, ultrasound and massage, light, in water and therapeutic pools; assists clients in positioning and exercising; observes and reports client's physical condition and response to treatment; assists registered physical therapist in performing tests, evaluations, and complex treatment procedures; maintains safe environment for clients; maintains treatment areas and equipment in satisfactory operating condition; maintains adequate supplies; attends clinics; may post client and treatment data in records; may prepare reports; may participate in clerical and reception activities of the physical therapy unit.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate as a Physical Therapy Assistant as issued by the Physical Therapy Examining Committee, Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Department of Consumer Affairs. (Applicants who are in the process of securing this certificate will be admitted into the examination, but must possess the required certificate prior to appointment into the class.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Human anatomy and physiology; pathophysiological conditions resulting from injury and disease; concepts and scope of physical therapy and its relationships to other health care professions; professional ethics and conduct.


Ability to: Establish effective therapeutic relationships mentally or developmentally disabled persons; utilize recognized methods in applying physical therapy techniques; follow directions and work under close supervision; observe and record responses to treatment; and keep accurate records.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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