January 12, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
Job Type





December 28, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., Pacific Time (PT)

Beginning Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., Pacific Time (PT)

Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Open Competitive Job Opportunity

DEFINITION:Provides professional physical therapy services to assist patients with physical or mental disabilities to attain, regain, or maintain physical functions or to adjust to their disabilities.

Positions allocable to this class receive administrative and clinical supervision from a higher-level physical therapist, or in California Children's Services, receive administrative supervision from either higher-level physical or occupational therapists. Incumbents provide physical therapy services to patients in a range of settings such as acute medical, psychiatric, or rehabilitation hospitals, out-patient clinics or in a California Children's Services Medical Therapy Unit. Incumbents may supervise subordinate therapists, students, and other support staff in performing delegated and assigned treatment and exercise procedures. Incumbents work within the framework of established procedures, professional standards, and practice acts, and receive additional direction and consultative guidance from instructors, higher-level therapists, and physicians.
Essential Job Functions
Interprets physicians' referrals for physical therapy services and selects the appropriate diagnostic or prognostic procedures for evaluating patients' deficits, limitations, and/or disabilities such as muscle weakness, joint limitation, loss of functional ability and sensory deficiency from muscle, nerve, joint and bone diseases and injuries or birth defects.

Performs evaluation procedures such as test of function, strength, tone, range of motion, upright motor control, spasticity, sensation, proprioception, visual field, bulbar functions, cognition, gait analysis, body image, electro diagnostic and other tests; analyzes the results to determine the extent of patients' deficits, limitations, and/or disabilities, to establish patient goals, to assess functional progress, and to develop and adjust initial and subsequent treatment programs.

Performs complex treatments such as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, muscle re-education, bulbar treatment, joint and soft tissue mobilization, mobility training, neuro-developmental techniques, functional electrical stimulation, fabrication and application of orthotic devices; provides prosthetic training, post-operative management and patient/caregiver education and training.

Confers and consults with physicians regarding evaluation, treatment and progress of patients and makes recommendations upon which physicians base decisions to improve the patient's function by use of a wide variety of medical, surgical or bracing procedures.

Advises and consults with allied health disciplines and other health care personnel, teachers and families regarding patients' progress and discharge plans.

Participates on an interdisciplinary treatment team and reports on assigned patients' condition and progress; modifies individual treatment plans to meet changing needs of patients; keeps team, patients, and families informed of patient progress; orders equipment and works with vendors in preparation of the order.

Supervises patient care treatments/modalities/interventions/procedures delegated or assigned to a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, Rehabilitation Therapy Technician, or a student physical therapist, explaining each assigned patient's treatment programs, demonstrating unfamiliar procedures and reviewing and discussing work performed.

Within the framework of an overall clinical training program for affiliated or graduate students, provides on-the-job clinical instruction and evaluation for student physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, rehabilitation therapy technicians, and volunteers.

Maintains documentation of patients' treatment plans and progress notes as required by standards.

Participates in continuing education/staff development programs and other hospital, departmental, and professional licensing requirements.

Participates in departmental quality improvement programs.
Graduation from a physical therapy curriculum acceptable to the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association and approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California.*

A license to practice as a Physical Therapist issued by the Physical Therapy Board of California.**

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

3 - Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

Special Requirement Information:

  • *In order to receive credit for any type of college or university degree, such as a Bachelor's Degree or higher, you must attach a legible copy of the Official Diploma, Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution, which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded, with Registrar's signature and school seal, to the application.
  • All documents must be attached to your application at the time of filing, or e-mailed to within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission or your application may be rejected.

**To qualify, applicants must have a current and valid license to practice as a Physical Therapist , issued by the Physical Therapy Board of California , without limitations or restrictions.

Please ensure the License Section of the application is completed for the Physical Therapist License. Provide the title of your required license, license number, date of issue, date of expiration and the name of the issuing agency as specified in the Selection Requirements on your application at the time of filing or e-mail the information to within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing.

Desirable Qualification:

  • Work experience providing professional physical therapy services to pediatric patients.
  • Work experience providing physical therapy services to patients in a range of settings such as acute medical, psychiatric, or rehabilitation hospitals, out-patient clinics.
  • Experience working with children with special disabilities.
  • A Master's degree in physical therapy, public health or special education.

Additional Information
Examination Content:
Once we have determined that you meet our experience and education requirements, the examination process will consist of an evaluation of experience based on application information, desirable qualifications and supplemental questionnaire information submitted at the time of filing weighted 100% .

Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination (evaluation of experience) to be added on the Eligible Register (hiring list).

Passing this examination and being added on the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Eligibility Information: The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.


Complete applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the Eligible Register accordingly.

Vacancy Information: The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.

Available Shift: Any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Application and Filing Information:
Applications must be filed ONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will NOT be accepted. Any required documents and/or additional information, if any, must be received with your application at the time of filing online or sent to within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission.

Plan to submit your online application well in advance of 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on the County of Los Angeles Job Opportunities Website , you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" button located on this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. Applicants must submit their completed applications before 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing. Please make sure you put in the time and effort when filling out your application and supplemental questions completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements as listed on this job bulletin. Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any relevant education, training, and job experience you include. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job/position title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work and duties performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be REJECTED.
Important Notes:

  • Please note that ALL information supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • Applications may be rejected at any stage of the examination and selection process.
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification(s) and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. In doing so your application will be dispositioned as INCOMPLETE and will not be accepted.
  • Comments such as "SEE RESUME" or "SEE APPLICATION" will not be considered a valid response; therefore, using such statements will also result in your application being rejected as INCOMPLETE.

Computer and Internet Access at Public Libraries:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County. You may refer to their website for more information regarding the reopening of some libraries with limited hours throughout Los Angles County.

Social Security Number: Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

Do Not Share User ID, Email, And Password:
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.

Fair Chance Employer: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
It is the policy of the County of Los Angeles to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law. All positions are open to qualified men and women pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The County will follow all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants.

Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone : (323) 914-8488
Department Contact E-mail:

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 914-8488
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Closing Date/Time:

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