LifeScape (Children's Care Hospital & School)

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Physical Therapist - Rapid City, SD (Part-Time)

at LifeScape (Children's Care Hospital & School)

Posted: 6/27/2015
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 548

Job Description

Schedule: 24 hours / week - 52 weeks / year


This position is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing individual therapy programs for clients with special needs within the therapy are of the Medical Services Department in accordance with the organization’s Mission and Core Values, utilizing Person-Centered Practices. 


Develop, coordinate and implement individual therapy programs.

• Participates in a comprehensive treatment and/or educational team utilizing a family-centered approach.
• May drive to local school districts, homes, between LifeScape locations, or other assigned outreach locations to perform evaluations and administer therapy to children, adolescents and adults.
• Evaluates the student/patient therapy needs in (but not limited to) the following areas: gross motor, sensorimotor, reflex development, seating/positioning, mobility, perceptual motor, spinal alignment, mobility, JROM, standardized tests/measurements, bracing/splinting/casting, muscle tone/strength, and other areas as deemed appropriate.   Evaluates and participates in special programs as appropriate (i.e. Lower Extremity casting, seating/positioning, power mobility, and Spina Bifida,). Administers modalities as directed by the physician.
• Monitors conditions and maintenance of patient adaptive equipment/assistive technology, recommending appropriate adjustments and improvements.  Incorporates safety procedures, devices and equipment.
• Communicates, consults, and works closely with parents/guardians, other team members, external agencies, and other professionals on therapy programs, goals, progress, adaptive equipment and other recommendations.
• Consults with physicians, primary nurses, and other healthcare professionals to meet the medical needs of individual clients.
• Prepares and maintains therapy records and agency documentation.
• Establish and maintain positive working relationships with professional and non-professional staff, both within the LifeScape organization and with external agencies, school districts, and other organizations.
• Follows agency infection control policies and procedures.
• Prepares and conducts professional in-services, programs, and marketing visits.
• Provides leadership and support in specific areas of program development as assigned.
• Supervises Physical Therapy student affiliations.
• Supervises, trains and evaluates daily work activities of Physical Therapy Assistants as needed and as South Dakota licensure laws require, as well as student Physical Therapists.  Supervises aides, interns and direct care staff as needed. Provides job shadowing experiences for pre-Physical Therapy students as assigned.
• Performs related duties including driving company vehicles to assigned locations, maintaining orderliness of assigned therapy areas, identifying needs for equipment and supplies, identifying repair and calibration of equipment, and completing equipment and supply requisitions.
• Assists students with swimming/aquatic therapy, including transferring students into and out of the pool manually or via Hoyer lift and performing therapy with the individual while in the pool.


Work is performed in a variety of environments including the clinic, client’s home, school classrooms, contracting agencies, or other healthcare facilities. This position has extensive personal contact with patients, family members, educational personnel, and other healthcare staff when implementing individual therapy programs.

This position has been evaluated as a Level I in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of Occupational Exposure to blood borne pathogens).

Level I: Positions in this category are required to perform tasks which involve exposure to blood, potentially infectious body fluids, or hazardous waste.

Requires full range of body motion including the ability to stoop, kneel, reach, stand and walk for extensive periods of time; push, pull and grasp items, finger dexterity, eye/hand coordination, and the ability to assist in lifting patients weighing 35 pounds, using proper body mechanics.

Specific requirements in the pool area are all completed in a humid and warm pool room, on a potentially wet surface, and in 96 degree water.


• Regulatory Chart Audits and Reviews
• Safety Record
• Timelines/Deadlines
• Accuracy
• People Served Feedback/Client Goal Attainment
• Peer Feedback
• General Public Feedback
• Clinical Competencies
• Adherence to Mission and Core Values

Note:  Job Descriptions are not exhaustive lists of all skills, responsibilities, or efforts associated with a job.  They reflect principle job elements essential for performing the job and evaluating performance.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Skills


• Technical competence to use computers and software utilized by the organization.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Knowledge of electronic medical documentation.

Required Experience


Masters of Science or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited PT school and current licensure in the state of South Dakota required.  Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.  Prior Physical Therapy experience with pediatric population preferred.  Employee may be asked to complete Personal Crisis Management training.