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Physical Therapy Assistant - FT - Days -Dubuque/Dyersville


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Posted On 01/30/2024

Job Overview

Employment Type:

Full time


Day Shift


This position is based in Dubuque but will also support the Dyersville location as well. Will travel between the two locations.


Under general supervision, administers physical therapy treatments to patients, working under the direction of and as assistant to the physical therapist in charge of that patient.  Possesses the skills necessary to provide direct patient care specific to each age group in accordance with department protocol.  The age of the patients served range in age from infants to geriatrics.


Your best life. Our one purpose.

At MercyOne, we own our actions to achieve our larger goals. We invest in great people and ask that you make each experience your responsibility.

What we offer:

We care about your well-being, both physical and mental, which is why our benefit package includes:

  • Wellness programs
  • Education reimbursement
  • Personalized health insurance plans including dental and vision
  • Paid time off
  • Long- and short-term leave
  • Retirement planning
  • Life insurance coverage

What you will do:

  • Care of patient:
    • Follows care plan established by therapist.
    • Seeks input from therapist/suggests changes, communicates needs.
    • Consistently performs tasks and procedures safely, correctly and effectively to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
    • Completes appropriate paperwork.
    • Monitors patients and response to treatment.
  • Supervises and gives direction to support staff.
    • Provides direction to support staff per state regulations.
    • Coordinates treatments with support staff.
    • Provides support staff with information needed to provide care for patient.
  • Documentation:
    • Completed on day of service, as much as possible with patient present.
    • Documentation matches charges.
    • Documentation addresses goals and progress.
    • Documentation supports medical necessity.
    • Includes total treatment time and documentation necessary for regulatory guidelines and reimbursement.
  • Recertifications:
    • Provides therapist with information needed to accurately reflect patient’s status and needs for recertification.
    • Follows state and regulatory guidelines.
  • Charges:
    • Follows state and regulatory guidelines.
    • Demonstrates knowledge in state and regulatory guidelines.
    • Documentation supports.
    • Completed day of service.
  • Professionalism:
    • Demonstrates and conducts self according to Code of Ethics.
    • Supportive of Mercy’s mission and values.
    • Provides constructive suggestions and input to department needs.
    • Provides support and direction to staff.
    • Attends educational seminars and expands knowledge.
    • Maintains licensure.
  • Communicates with staff.
    • Utilizes voicemail and email to streamline process.
    • Efficiently directs calls to appropriate person.
    • Provides information appropriate for persons involved (need to know basis).
    • Contributes to positive work environment.
  • Interpersonal skills:
    • Positive interaction with staff members.
    • Transfer of information to other staff members in timely, appropriate manner.
    • Plans day-to-day activities and communicates to others.
    • Works as a team for the betterment of department.
    • Provides others with information needed to complete job.
  • Organization:
    • Keeps area organized and communicates changes to others.
    • Able to multitask and follow through with assigned duties.
    • Prioritizes and delegates to others.
  • Computer:
    • Proficient in Word and email.
    • Utilizes technology to decrease duplication of documents.
    • Proficient in use of fax/email.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

What we are looking for:

  • Associate degree as Physical Therapist Assistant from an accredited program.
  • Licensure (or eligibility for licensure) by the State of Iowa to practice as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
  • Must be able to function as a Physical Therapist Assistant in all commonly practiced aspects of patient care and treatment appropriate for assigned age group.
  • Must be able to give clear instructions to individuals and groups ranging from infant to geriatric.
  • Must be able to plan day-to-day activities and work independently.
  • Must be able to put patients at ease and make them comfortable.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate ability to effectively work with other hospital employees and guests.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to interact with others in a helpful and courteous manner.
  • Must be competent in providing clinical care to the patient population described in the department’s description of services section of the policy manual.
  •   Demonstrates and promotes customer satisfaction.

MercyOne Eastern Iowa provides exceptional, personalized care to Dubuque, Dyersville, Elkader, Clinton and surrounding areas providing more than 300 licensed beds. MercyOne Eastern Iowa operates four medical centers in Dubuque, Elkader, Dyersville and Clinton. Our facility in Clinton has branches in DeWitt, Fulton and Morrison specializing in family medicine and Savanna Home Health & Hospice Care based in Illinois.

With a history dating back more than 130 years, MercyOne Eastern Iowa has grown through expansions, acquisitions and consolidations to help provide exceptional, personalized care to our communities. Our four medical centers employ over 2,000 colleagues and medical staff improving access and creating an even higher level of care coordination to benefit patients and communities throughout the region.

Our Mission:

We, Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the gospel, as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.

Our Core Values:

  • Reverence
  • Commitment to Those Who are Poor
  • Safety
  • Justice
  • Stewardship
  • Integrity

Our Vision:

  • We will be the most trusted health partner for life.

Our Actions:

As a Trinity Health colleague, I will:

  • Listen to understand.
  • Learn continuously.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Create solutions.
  • Deliver outstanding service.
  • Own and speak up for safety
  • Expect, embrace and initiate change.
  • Demonstrate exceptional teamwork.
  • Trust and assume good intentions.
  • Hold myself and others accountable for results.
  • Communicate directly with respect and honesty.
  • Serve every person with empathy, dignity and compassion.
  • Champion diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our Promise:

  • We Listen.
  • We Partner.
  • We Make it Easy.

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and all its affiliates are proud to be equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, physical disability or any other classification protected under local, state or federal law.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic healthcare systems in the nation. Built on the foundation of our Mission and Core Values, we integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Our colleagues have different lived experiences, customs, abilities, and talents. Together, we become our best selves. A diverse and inclusive workforce provides the most accessible and equitable care for those we serve. Trinity Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by law.

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Jennifer Smith and Jessica Schleuning

Talent Acquisition Partners, Human Resources

563-589-9673 or 563-589-9671




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About the Company

MercyOne Dubuque/Dyersville Medical Center is a not-for-profit Catholic hospital serving the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin since 1879.  MercyOne – Dubuque has 263 beds while MercyOne – Dyersville is a critical access hospital with 25 beds and a 40-bed nursing home.

MercyOne offers a full range of acute care services, including invasive cardiology and open-heart surgery, Level II trauma center, Level II regional neonatal intensive care unit, general and orthopedic surgery, psychiatric services and inpatient physical rehabilitation.  MercyOne also operates two hospital-based skilled nursing units, extensive outpatient rehabilitation services, home health care, retail pharmacy and a wide range of outpatient, community and business services.  MercyOne’s 1,500 full- and part-time employees and medical staff of 230 care for more than 56,000 inpatients and outpatients each year.

The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and achieved Magnet designation, the gold standard of patient care, in 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet hospital for the fourth time in 2019.

MercyOne Dubuque/Dyersville Medical Center is a ministry organization of Trinity Health based in Novi, Michigan. MercyOne is an organization that values and encourages diversity.  To learn more about MercyOne and opportunities for employment, please see the postings listed on this site or visit our website