Job Title: Physical Therapist

Reports to:Site Administrator
Job Group:Non-Instructional Non-Bargaining


Job Code:4207, 4208
Salary Schedule:PG25


This employee is responsible for organizing and implementing a physical therapy program for exceptional education students and providing physical therapy as outlined in laws and policies.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.


  1. Designing the physical therapy program so that it is consistent with the total educational philosophy of the district.
  2. Continuing professional growth through educational meetings, visiting related facilities, reading professional literature, and exchanging ideas among the district staff.
  3. Working in coordination with other ESE teachers and ancillary personnel in planning and developing the program.


  1. Identifying strengths and weaknesses of referred exceptional education students.
  2. Preparing, implementing, and evaluating an annual educational plan for each student based on individually assessed needs and in accordance with district procedures.
  3. Preparing, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care for each student in accordance with district policies.
  4. Using appropriate assessment instruments pertinent to areas of therapy.
  5. Supporting projects and programs designed to serve students in the program.
  6. Providing appropriate schedules for exceptional students involving school personnel as required.
  7. Providing specialized physical therapy techniques through individual and/or group sessions designed to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of the students.
  8. Seeking a variety of services through community resources and agencies to meet the needs of exceptional students.
  9. Participating in the in-school staffing and screening processes as appropriate.
  10. Participating on evaluation teams for exceptional education students as appropriate.
  11. Providing parents with suggestions for home techniques.
  12. Providing ESE teachers with suggestions for follow-up strategies and techniques, as requested and required.
  13. Developing a professional library that can be used by parents and other professionals in conjunction with instruction.
  14. Contacting and reporting to physicians and agencies as requested and required.
  15. Designing and constructing adaptive equipment, assistive devices and upper extremity orthotic devices.
  16. Evaluating and providing training with regard to upper extremity prosthetic skills.

Public Relations:

  1. Cooperating with school personnel in coordinating ESE services within that school.
  2. Developing and conducting an inservice program to inform classroom teacher of the goals and objectives of the physical therapy program and ways of achieving them in the school setting.
  3. Conferring with the classroom teacher as requested concerning any educational needs of the student.
  4. Making available to teachers instructional ideas that are appropriate for exceptional students within the classroom situation.
  5. Providing information to community groups and parents concerning physical therapy programs as requested or needed.
  6. Coordinating and providing news releases through the immediate supervisor for local news media as needed.


  1. Ensuring that each student in the program has necessary evaluation records in his/her permanent folder.
  2. Furnishing the principal with current exceptional student schedules.
  3. Completing progress reports on each student in the program.
  4. Supplying progress reports to school personnel physicians and parents of exceptional students as necessary and requested.
  5. Completing appropriate reports for local, state, federal and educational agencies.
  6. Referring those students who require further evaluation or follow-up services to the appropriate school personnel or community agencies.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Bachelor's degree.


  • Licensed as a physical therapist in Florida by the Board of Medical Examiners.


  • Graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree.
  • Experience in a like position.
  • Expertise in pediatric therapy.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.



General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, scanners, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Physical Therapist;   EST: ;   REV: ;   Board Approved:

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