Physical Therapist III

Req ID: 18492

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Renders physical therapy services to an assigned caseload of children who are seen in any setting at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Has an advanced level of clinical expertise as demonstrated by advanced practice and certification.  Contributes to the advancement of Physical Therapy practice through education of staff therapists, students and other health care providers.

Job Responsibilities

1. Clinical

Physical therapists shall demonstrate independent and objective professional judgment in the patient’s/client’s best interest in all practice settings.

  • Examination: Able to perform examinations on individuals with complex medical, social, psychological issues independently and able to identify necessary resources.
  • Evaluation: Uses advances problem solving skills to care for complex cases based on available evidence.
  • Diagnosis/Prognosis: Ability to identify subtle impairments and its impact on function and disability and develop a plan of care that integrates therapy into the lifestyle of the family.
  • Intervention: Provides advanced procedural interventions. Patient education is family centered by considering family lifestyle, environment, learning needs and collaborative goal setting. Documentation is thorough ,complete and reflects integration of all areas of patient care with an advanced knowledge base.
  • Outcomes:  Results of patient/client interaction include high level of patient satisfaction, reduced risk for impairment, promotion of wellness, identification of community resources.
  • Developing a reputation in the area of expertise.
  • Contributes to the clinical education programs within the department. Sets standard within the  department for profession and staff
  • Delivers advanced evidence-based clinical care  
  • Able to incorporate the goals of other disciplines in therapy session.
  • Able to provide consultation to other professionals.
  • Develops clinical pathways/protocols/examination forms.
  • Program Planning
  • Demonstrates professionalism through involvement in professional activities beyond the practice setting.
  • Membership in Professional organization-APTA or other related organizations-preferred
  • Demonstrates and models knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice Assesses resources/literature to complement practice

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

2. Education

  • DPT preferred
  • Professional Development
    • Take responsibility for their professional development based on critical self-assessment and reflection on changes in physical therapist practice, education, health care delivery, and technology.
    • Maintains current skills and knowledge by identifying own learning needs, both formally and informally, to practice a lifestyle of life-long learning.
  • Achieve and maintain professional competence.
  • Beginning to develop an area of expertise.
  • Clinical Education
    • Provides mentorship to staff and students in identified areas. Contributes to the continuing education endeavors within the department and hospital.
    • Serves as a primary credentialed CI to affiliating student.
  • Act as a mentor to PT I and II as well as  fellows and residents both PTs and non-PTs
  • External Teaching Opportunities
    • May serves as a resource to local Physical Therapy educational programs and related disciplines by assisting in lectures and/or labs on or offsite.
  • Contributes to the body of knowledge of Physical Therapy by being informed on the current literature and serving as a resource to other staff by sharing this knowledge.
  • Contributes to the current Physical Therapy body of knowledge via  presentations, professional writing, and participation in the Professional Association.
  • Provides in-services within the department and Hospital.
  • Presents presentations in community/universities in specialty area.
  • i.e. book chapter, lectures, poster, platform, non-referred or lay literature publications Maintain or pursue APTA clinical specialist certification.
  • Demonstrates professionalism by demonstrating the Core Values of the physical therapy program- Accountability, Altruism,  Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Professional Duty,  Social Responsibility

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

3. Interdisciplinary Communication and Coordination of Care

  • Ensures patients and families receive appropriate, comprehensive, efficient and effective quality of care from admission through discharge via relationships that are developed with other health care personnel, both internal and external to CHOP.
  • Able to negotiate differences in opinion within a team and come to the best decision for the patient.
  • Demonstrates efficient interdisciplinary practice.  Coordinates with the community services Negotiates differences in opinion
  • Able to make judgments within their scope of practice and level of expertise and shall communicate with, collaborate with, or refer to peers or other health care professionals when necessary.
  • Demonstrate professional judgment informed by professional standards, evidence (including current literature and established best practice), practitioner experience, and patient/client values.


4. Research

  • Demonstrate professional judgment informed by professional standards, evidence (including current literature and established best practice), practitioner experience, and patient/client values.
  • Applies research to practice
  • Encourages, participates and promotes activities that establishes the optimal outcomes of patient management provided by Physical Therapy.
  • Demonstrates active involvement in department/ hospital research initiatives via data collection, case studies
  • Participation in literature review, journal club and case study development.
  • Program Development and developing measurable outcome measures


5. Administration

  • Physical therapists shall promote practice environments that support autonomous and accountable professional judgments.
  • Physical therapists shall be aware of charges and shall ensure that documentation and coding for physical therapy services accurately reflect the nature and extent of the services
  • provided.
  • Suggest changes to practice based on benchmarking
  • Contributes to department policy/procedures via program development, examination forms and clinical guidelines.
  • Maintains productivity and fiscal responsibility in the utilization/provision of services
  • Completes productivity requirement as determined by department based on area of practice and job description

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

CPR - Certified Pulmonary Recuscitation

PT - Physical Therapist

APTA CI Credentialed

APTA Clinical Instructor

Required Education and Experience

  • Graduated from an accredited Physical Therapy Program
  • Minimum of 5 years of PT experience with at least 3 years of  demonstrated expertise in a area of pediatric specialty

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • DPT preferred

Additional Technical Requirements

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Full time
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, US