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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical Therapist Assistant


Howard University Hospital (HUH) is a private, non- profit institution recognized for its ground breaking research and teaching programs. HUH has a rich tradition of leadership and service dating back to 1862. Over the course of its 145 year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, HUH has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center.


Competitive pay, 403-B Savings (Howard contributes a sum equal to 6% of your pay from your date of hire. Howard matches the first 2% of pay you save dollar for dollar. Both Howard?s contributions and the contributions that you make to the plan are yours, and you are immediately vested 100%. Comprehensive medical and dental plans Prescription Drug Benefits. Discount on optical wear at the HUH Optical Shop, Pet Insurance, Wellness Rewards Program, Tuition remission for employees and dependents, Low-cost onsite parking, SmartTrip Commuter Transit and Parking Benefits, and more!


Under direct supervision of a Physical Therapist, assists in restoring, maintaining and promoting not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness, fitness and quality of life as it relates to movement and health.




Interacts with immediate staff members, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.


Provides direct patient care services to ensure the effectiveness of Physical Therapy programs that have been planned and delegated by a Physical Therapist.

Utilizes correct modalities of treatment and suggests variations to written protocol as approved by Physical Therapist.

Communicates effectively with other clinicians providing care to the patient.

Submits accurate charge sheets on a daily basis.

Monitors frequency and duration of visits by reviewing physicians and therapists? instructions and comparing to the plan of care and other documentation.

Provides accurate and timely progress report of patients as required by department protocol.

Participates in departmental patient care conferences with PTs.

Instructs patients and/or family in appropriate home exercise programs.

Gathers and assures confidentiality of information necessary to properly treat patients delegated by therapists.

Recommends equipment and/or assistive devices and instructs patients/families in the use and maintenance of such equipment/ devices.

Participates in quality assessment programs/activities, in-service continuing education programs and attend all staff meetings.

Assures neatness, orderliness and safety of patients and staff in all treatment areas.

Adheres to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.

Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.

Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.

Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.

Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.

Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.


Ability to pass a physical examination after being offered employment and a health assessment annually thereafter.

Demonstrates knowledge of Physical Therapy procedures and equipment providing for safety and maximum patient benefit.

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, perform one person transfer under routine and emergency situations, reposition a bedbound patient alone and ability to sit, stand, bend stoop, kneel, pull, climb, reach, lift, and perform repetitive movements of the upper extremities,

Ability to adapt standard Physical Therapy techniques to needs of special populations

Demonstrates flexibility to meet hospital and department needs.

Physically and mentally competent for performing standard Physical Therapy procedures and handling equipment

Competence in both oral and written English.

Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.


Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.

Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.

Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner. The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.

Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient?s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.

Anticipates the patient?s and student?s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.

Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.


Associates Degree as Physical Therapy Assistant.

Current license / registration by the District of Columbia as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

One (1) year experience as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50lbs), climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, file, speak, hear, see, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Associate

Required experience:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant: 1 year

Required license or certification:

  • Licensed Physical Therapist by the District of Columbia


Physical Therapist Assistant