UnityPoint Health

Physical Therapist Assistant - Home Health

Requisition ID
US-IA-Fort Dodge
802 Kenyon Rd
9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate
Fort Dodge
SN Visits- HC- FD
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Mon-Fri 8-430, occasional morning weekend coverage at TRMC
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Physical Therapist Assisant - Home Health

Fort Dodge, IA

Full-time, Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm with occassional weekends


The Physical Therapy Assistant provides direct patient care for a diverse community-based caseload according to the plan of care developed by a supervising Physical Therapist. Delivers patient care that is consistent with clinical best practices and results in high quality, improved outcomes and an exceptional patient experience.


Makes visits to the homes of patients requiring home health physical therapy services.

·Treats clients to relieve pain, restore function and maintain maximum performance using appropriate physical therapy treatments, modalities and procedures as directed by the physician and physical therapist and included in the plan of care.

·Directs and aids patients in active and passive therapeutic exercises, muscle reeducation, gait and functional training, transfer activities and prosthetic training.

·Uses physical agencies including heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound and massage.

·Instructs patient, family and caregivers in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes, and prosthetic or orthotic devices.

·Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to the care plan.

·Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently.

·Observes and reports to the Physical Therapist and other designated organizational personnel the patient response to treatment and any changes in patient condition.

·Provides the services that are ordered by the physician as indicated in the plan of care.

·Maintains accurate and timely documentation of clinical records and time/travel entries.

·Identifies risk for acute hospitalization and proactively prevents adverse events.

·Provides visits/treatments consistent with the plan of care.


  • Licensed, registered, or certified as a Physical Therapist Assistant by the state(s) providing services.  
  • Graduate of a Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association; or, if educated outside the United States or trained in the United States military, graduated from an education program determined to be substantially equivalent to Physical Therapist Assistant entry-level education in the United States by a credentials evaluation organization approved by the American Physical Therapy Association. 
  • Passed a national examination for Physical Therapist Assistants
  • One year experience caring for similar patient population as to be assigned. 
  • Valid licensed driver with automobile insurance in accordance with state(s) and/or organizational requirements.   
  • Mandatory Reporter: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse. 
  • Person Centered Care (PCC) course completion within first 12 months of hire and annual completion of competency validation activities. 
  • CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification. 
  • Knowledge of rehabilitation principles and able to carry out the procedures in the home with no in-person supervision. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work as a collaborative team member. 
  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to navigate and perform basic use of Microsoft Office products. 
  • Maintains a reliable mode of transportation and has the ability to drive safely during all day and night hours and in all types of inclement weather. 


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