Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA)

Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA)


A Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA) administers physical therapy to patients on an
intermittent basis in their place of residence. This is performed in accordance with physician
orders and plan of care under the direction and supervision of the Registered Physical Therapist


1. Graduate from a two-year college level program approved by the American Physical Therapy
2. Currently licensed in the state(s) in which practicing.
3. Two (2) years experience, preferred.
4. Acceptance of philosophy and goals of Agency.
5. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.


1. Understands and adheres to established Agency policies and procedures.
2. Provides physician prescribed physical therapy under a plan of care established by the PT.
3. Improves or minimizes residual physical disabilities of the patient.
4. Returns the individual to optimum and productive level within the patient’s capabilities.
5. Participates with all other health care personnel in patient care planning.
6. Performs all skilled procedures as ordered by physician and according to the plan of care
established by the PT.
7. Consults with PT regarding change in treatment.
8. Instructs patients and family members in home programs and activities of daily living.
9. Participates in inservice programs and presents inservice programs as assigned.
10. Participates in performance improvement activities as assigned.
11. Attends all patient care conferences as scheduled.
12. Prepares medical records, progress notes and updates care plans for each patient visit in a
timely manner as per Agency policy.
13. Performs services planned, delegated and supervised by the PT.
14. Assists in preparing clinical and progress notes.
15. Participates in educating the patient and family.


Works indoors in Agency office and patient homes and travels to/from patient homes.

Policies and Procedures Manual for Home Health Care © 2000 MED-PASS, Inc. (Revised 2009)


Job Description – Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (LPTA)…continued


1. Supervised by: Registered Physical Therapist/Director of Clinical Services/

Nursing Supervisor


High risk


Ability to perform the following tasks if necessary:
1. Ability to participate in physical activity.
2. Ability to work for extended period of time while standing and being involved in physical
3. Heavy lifting.
4. Ability to do extensive bending, lifting and standing on a regular basis.