Kaiser Permanente Graduate Physical Therapist - Gaithersburg Medical Office in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Responsible for physical therapy management of patients under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapy Supervisor.

Essential Responsibilities:

Tests and evaluates the extent of a patient's disability to ensure proper treatment using various tests and procedures.

Plans therapy program, establishes treatment goals; and administers treatment to restore body functions, strength, relieve pain, and prevent disability through the use of various therapeutic techniques and procedures. This includes patients in establishing goals and obtains patient's informed consent as necessary.

Provides patients and family members with treatment plan and instructions for home exercise programs and pain relief techniques.

Upgrades treatment plan and goals as patient progresses.

Regularly assesses clinical signs and symptoms to determine effectiveness of treatment, progress of patient towards goals, and the need for modifying goals and treatment.

Discharges patient from physical therapy when the patient has received maximum benefit from physical therapy.

Provides accurate and timely documentation of physical therapy management and patient management.

Maintains appropriate medical records, documentation for each patient including evaluation, treatment and progress.

Consults with medical providers regarding patient evaluation and treatment, progress of the patient, and discharge from treatment. Reviews patient records for current diagnosis, past medical history, precautions, and contraindications.

Maintains compliance with documentation standards of department and regulatory agencies.

Establishes safe work environment.

Maintains clinical competency and ethical standards as outlined in the guidelines of the APTA.

Maintains departmental supplies, equipment, and apparatus in clean, safe and functional condition.

Directs and instructs support personnel in performance of more routine procedures as requested.

Establishes and maintains courteous, cooperative relations with the public patients and other personnel.

Provides triage Physical Therapy services by providing advice and care either by means of phone triage and/or 1st Contact PT.

Provides input and/or assistance to Senior Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Supervisor in the development of new classes, services, member and provider education, development of handouts, and other related services.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:




Graduate of an accredited physical therapy curriculum for a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree with certification in physical therapy or a foreign-trained equivalent required.

License, Certification, Registration

Licensure to practice physical therapy in the state of primary practice is required. Must obtain licensure in all three (3) jurisdictions, the State of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, within six (6) months of employment required

Licensed physical therapist must obtain Direct Access eligibility or certification in the State of Virginia six (6) months of hire

Foreign trained therapists must meet the education requirements for licensure in all states in which they will potentially practice

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification by the American Heart Association (AHA) required.

National Provider Identification (NPI) required.

Enrollment in PECOS within thirty (30) days of employment required.

Additional Requirements:

Actively pursuing and engaging in at least one of these continue education or clinical experience to gain/enhance clinical expertise required as described below: Post graduate degree from an accredited university with a specialty focus. Fellowship or certificate from an accredited body or organization in a subject matter that is pertinent to our patient population and is clinic based. Expertise/competency in a particular subject matter in a clinical subject matter in high demand or in a clinical subject matter that we have limited resources or specialists on staff. Expertise/competency that has been gained from years of clinical experience from treating a pertinent diagnosis or patient population.

Maintains professional and neat appearance at all times.

Teaches Physical Therapy related Health Education Classes, if demonstrates the required clinical skills.

Becomes actively involved in supervision and orientation of volunteers within Physical Therapy Department.

Participates in community activities and member education at least 2 times per year, which may include teaching health education classes, participating in medical center functions and attending community health fairs.

Is flexible for coverage as needed in other facilities within the service area if appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of or practice in at least 50% of Basic PT Clinical Core Competencies preferred. Refer to list of clinical competencies.

Looking for highly motivated Physical Therapist with experience in an outpatient ambulatory setting as well as some neuro/sub acute experience.

Must desire to achieve manual certification and be open to specialties such as Vestibular, Geriatric, and amputee rehab.

Bilingual is preferred.


TITLE: Graduate Physical Therapist - Gaithersburg Medical Office

LOCATION: Gaithersburg, Maryland


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.