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Sample physical therapist job description

At [Organization X], our passion for physical therapy allows patients to regain mobility faster and enjoy lasting results. We take pride in fostering a team environment in which therapists can achieve clinical excellence and professional growth. We’re searching for an experienced physical therapist to join our growing clinic. The ideal candidate should be able to apply expert clinical skills to meet patients’ needs and deliver care with empathy and understanding.

Objectives of this role

  • Provide physical therapy as described in physician’s plan of care
  • Treat patients with therapeutic practices designed to relieve pain, increase mobility, restore normal function, and maintain maximum performance
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of individualized care
  • Collaborate with clinical staff to develop treatment plans that meet the needs of patients
  • Adhere to industry standards and medical guidelines


  • Meet with new patients to discuss their needs, medical history, and test results
  • Lead patients through therapy program that draws on techniques such as exercise, manual manipulation, and special equipment to help increase mobility and alleviate pain
  • Remain knowledgeable of current physical therapy practices via continuing education courses, seminars, and journal articles
  • Evaluate patient progress and reassess treatment plan when necessary
  • Educate patients on at-home practices to continue treatment and cope with recovery process

Required skills and qualifications

  • One or more years of experience in a physical therapy clinic
  • License (or eligibility for licensure) to practice physical therapy 
  • Certification for CPR
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical excellence consistently, and strong desire to develop professionally
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from accredited program in physical therapy
  • Working knowledge of personal computer and software applications