Physical Therapist Assistant


Physical Therapist Assistant

42-115 - Continuous Recruitment (no written exam required)

Application Fee
Examples of Duties

DUTIES: A Physical Therapist Assistant assists in administration of physical therapy treatments to patients as prescribed by a physician; assists the physical therapist in carrying out complex procedures and programs; performs treatment procedures in accordance with t he planned program; assists with the administration of skilled treatment procedures including, cervical and lumbar traction, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, hot packs and electric stimulation; administers massage, muscle training and coordination, corrective exercises, goniometry and gait training; maintains patient records and observes patient responses for treatments; supervision and modification of specific treatment procedures in accordance with changes in patient status; trains and assists patients in use of supportive or assistive devices, prostheses and other ambulation aids and all exercise equipment; maintains equipment and work areas in clean, orderly condition; maintains documentation and communication of treatments within medical record. A medical examination may be required before appointment.

Subjects of Examination

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: The only subject of examination will be an evaluation of your training and experience. You are therefore, asked to include in your application a summary of all pertinent training and experience in sufficient detail so that your background may be evaluated against the duties of the position. In your summary of training include all college course work, formal in-service training, and seminars you have attended. You must specify either the number of credits received or the number of contact hours and dates of attendance. Also include a copy of your professional license. Specify the date that your license was first issued. In your summary of experience, you must specify the dates of your employment, the number of hours worked per week, your title, and the main duties for each. Be specific; vagueness and ambiguity will NOT be resolved in your favor. Candidates who submit incomplete applications or documentation may be disqualified.


WHERE TO APPLY: You must obtain Form P.O. 30X, “Erie County Application for Examination or Appointment” at the Erie County Civil Service Commission/Personnel Office web site located at Click on “Erie CountyCivil Service /Dept. of Personnel” then “How to Apply” then “Applications”. If you do not have internet access you may pick up an application form at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Room 604, Buffalo, New York 14202. Forms are also available at Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Completed forms should then be returned to the Erie County Personnel Department. In addition, candidates must request their colleges to send transcripts to the Erie County Personnel Department or attach transcripts to your application. No applications will be evaluated until all the above information, including transcripts, is received.


This examination is prepared by the New York State Department of Civil Service and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.


A $15.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.