Physical Therapist I

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $44.72 Hourly USD

Job Description


Physical Therapist I $44.72 Hourly

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This position is open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply right away.

This recruitment will establish an Open eligible list. This list will be used to fill current and future Physical Therapist I vacancies with Health Care Agency, California Children's Services . This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

The County of Orange, Health Care Agency is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven (7) service areas - Finance and Administrative, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Medical Health Services, Office of Care Coordination, Public Health and Strategy and Special Projects is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

California Children's Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program (MTP) provides medically necessary physical and occupational therapy services in Medical Therapy Units (MTU) located in public school settings. For detailed information on California Children's Services click here .

The California Children's Services (CCS), Medical Therapy Program (MTP) is recruiting for an entry level Physical Therapist to provide treatment for children from birth to 21 years of age who have neurological, neuromuscular, and/or complex orthopedic conditions. Physical Therapist I classification requires no experience. The California Children's Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program (MTP) provides medically necessary physical and occupational therapy services in Medical Therapy Units (MTU) located in public school settings.

Additional responsibilities of the Physical Therapist I will also include but are not limited to:
  • Administers therapeutic evaluation and complete written reports electronically
  • Works closely with patients and their families to promote maximum function and development
  • Provides treatment in a center based program
  • Provides consultation in the MTU, community and home setting
  • Completes daily documentation regarding treatment sessions
  • Works collaboratively with other team members to assure that patients and their families are provided with appropriate bracing, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and training to maximize the patient's function
Opportunities may be in any one of the following twelve Medical Therapy Unit locations: Anaheim (2 MTUs), Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Placentia, Santa Ana, Tustin, or Westminster. Physical Therapist I works a 4/10 schedule with four 10 hour workdays and one weekday off. The weekday that is off is determined by the Medical Therapy Unit and program's needs. Work schedule may change to meet CCS department needs. The County of Orange does not provide sponsorship for HB-1 applicants.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
Technical Knowledge | Experience
  • Current research and clinical treatment approaches in the diagnosis served by the CCS Medical Therapy Program
  • Scope of physical therapy practice and current treatment models/frames of reference for treatment of patients with childhood - onset physical disabilities
  • Psychological impacts of chronic disability on the patient throughout various stages of development
  • Social and psychological impacts to the family of a patient with chronic disabilities and health care needs
  • Understanding appropriate durable medical equipment that meets the medical, functional, and safety needs of the patient
  • Being analytical on how to effectively design and implement a physical therapy program that best meets the needs of the patient and their family within the context of the environment and community the child functions
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
Communication | Collaboration & Team Work
  • Interacting with families in an emotionally supportive and therapeutic manner
  • Understanding the social and psychological impacts to the family of a patient with chronic disabilities and health care needs
  • Having excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Maintaining regular communication with supervisor regarding caseload
  • Keeping accurate and organize caseload records and reports
  • Participating in an assessment activities as a member of multidisciplinary team

For detailed information on Physical Therapist I minimum qualifications, including Physical Requirements and Environmental conditions click here.

Human Resource Services screens all applications to identify the qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the County. After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)

Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Online Assessment | Multiple Choice (Weighted 100%): Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in one or more job-related assessments. Candidates will be notified of their test date and access code, if applicable. Only the more qualified candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List: Once the assessment has been completed, Human Resource Services will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Sally Teramura at or (714) 834-7324.


Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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