ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE PTA

Work Hours and Environment

  • Able to work up to 8-10 hours per day up to 40 hours per week at clinical sites.
  • Exposure to hazardous material and blood borne pathogens requiring safety equipment such as masks, head coverings, glasses, rubber and latex gloves, etc.
  • Must be able to meet clinical and academic performance standards.
  • Must travel to and from training site; this may require long distances or relocation.

Cognitive Abilities

  • Understand and work from written and verbal orders.
  • Possess effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understand and implement related regulations and clinical policies and procedures.
  • Possess technical competency in patient care and related areas.
  • Perform presentations to individuals and small groups.
  • Conduct patient assessments and counsel patients and families.
  • Assess changes in vital signs and measurements.

 

Physical Abilities

  • Standing and/or walking up to seven hours throughout an eight and/or twelve hour shift.
  • Bending, crouching, or stooping several times per hour.
  • Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times per hour.
  • Lifting and moving up to a 300 lb. patient in a 2-3 person transfer.
  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulder at 90 degrees.
  • Pushing and/or pulling objects and equipment weighing up to 300 lbs.
  • Utilizing eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and accessories.
  • Hearing to communicate with the patient and health care team.
  • Utilizing sufficient verbal and written skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
  • Manipulating medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, and keyboards, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
  • Performing the assigned training related tasks/skills responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional function necessary to ensure patient safety and exercise independent judgment and discretion.
  • Utilizing the above standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient needs and/or emergency