Physical Therapist – Acute

Ochsner Health

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This job works under the direction of the Physical Therapy Supervisor and is responsible for providing direct patient care within the bounds of the law governing the practice of Physical Therapy in the State of Louisiana. Responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients, or directing the treatment of patients referred for physical therapy, and producing the appropriate documentation. The Physical Therapist may be involved in the clinical supervision of the physical therapy technicians when appropriate and is responsible for following clinic and department policies and procedures and performing all other duties assigned by the Physical Therapy Supervisor or Director.


Required – Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy

Work Experience

Required – Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
Excellent judgment and decision-making skills in order to deal with a variety of patients and diagnoses.


Required – Current Louisiana physical therapy license or eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity from another state

Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association

Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of patient information.

  • Must be proficient with Windows-style applications and keyboard.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.

  • Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of information

  • Must be proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to role and keyboard

Job Duties

  • Performs age and diagnosis appropriate evaluations and treatment

  • Maintains patient records according to documentation standards, policies and procedures

  • Exhibits flexibility in overall department needs and actively participates in staff and committee projects

  • Attains established productivity levels set forth by administration and conducts professional development, required training, and credentialing

  • Participates in the education and training of physical therapy students.

Other related duties as required.  The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

Ochsner is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following:  Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.

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