Covenant Health

Job Title
Parkwest Medical Center
Department Name


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Physical Therapist Assistant, Physical Therapy

PRN/OCC, Variable hours and shifts, Day Shifts


Parkwest Overview:

Parkwest is West Knoxville’s premier medical facility and a top performing heart hospital. In addition to providing the area’s leading cardiac services, Parkwest has been nationally recognized for award-winning care throughout our facility. For 2020-21 Parkwest received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Top 10” hospitals in Tennessee.


The Physical Therapy Department provides care to patients in all areas of the hospital including the medical and orthopedic units and is very involved in the Early Mobilization program in our Critical Care Unit.  We also serve patients in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBU) treating geriatric patients that have varied diagnoses ranging from cognitive/behavioral disorders to dementia. The PT Department operates 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., with some later evening hours based on patient needs to accommodate day of surgery orthopedic patients. There are two PT Departments; one is located on the 5th floor of the Montvue Tower to serve our medical patients and one on the 3rd floor of the new Dogwood Tower to serve the orthopedic patients.  Both PT Departments have full bathrooms with safety equipment installed as well as practice stairs for patients that will be going home and have steps to navigate. Our PT Department is very family-oriented and thrives on teamwork and collaboration. We have a department of over 35 PTs and PTAs that have a variety of experience from one year to over thirty.  Our staff sees patients with a wide variety of diagnoses including neuro, vestibular, vascular, cardiac and orthopedic. It is a fast-paced, high energy environment working with a variety of practitioners and medical staff to provide excellent care for all of the patients we serve.


Position Summary:

Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, provides treatment programs for physical therapy patients as defined by State Practice Act.  Monitors patients' progress and modifies treatment plans as per the physical therapist.


Recruiter: Jason Shubert || || 865-374-5393


  • Clinical practice – Administers treatment programs, including specialized treatment
    • Adheres to the "Definition and Utilization of the Physical Therapist Assistant" as stated in the current American Physical Therapy Association policy.
    • Monitors patient progress and makes recommendations to the physical therapist in accordance with patient needs and evidence based practice.
    • Documents patient progress in medical records for assigned patients.
    • Provides input for patient care and discharge planning with other health professionals.
    • Meets established targets for passive/active treatment ratios
    • Involves patient and family in treatment, education and goal setting. Coordinates with other medical personnel regarding patient’s progress, needs and discharge planning.
    • Demonstrates knowledge and competency including providing for age-specific needs of the population served.
  • Serves as a resource person for support staff and other health system staff
    • Assists with training, orientation and supervision of support staff.
    • Assumes responsibility for the educational development of assigned PTA students
  • Maintains and updates patient documentation in accordance with professional, departmental, organizational, and payer guidelines and timeframes.  Maintains established targets for compliance with chart audits
  • Meets established target for: 
    • Quality/outcome measures
    • Service/patient satisfaction measures
    • Financial/productivity measures
    • Growth/patients-per-day measures
  • Demonstrates leadership including, but not limited to:
    • Supervision of support staff
    • Participates in professional organization/meetings (TPTA, APTA)
    • Volunteers for Covenant Health activities such as the marathon, golf tournament, sports physicals, employee education, etc 
  • Complete partnering activities per established targets per month
    • Physician office visits
    • Community lectures/volunteer
    • Case Manager visits/marketing
    • Provide or attend in-services
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested


Minimum Education            

None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.


Minimum Experience          

One (1) year experience preferred. Professional organization membership preferred. Good communication skills required. 


Licensure Requirement       

Current Tennessee Physical Therapist Assistant license. BLS preferred


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