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Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

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Regular Full-Time
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COM Kids First Fort Smith Occ Physcal Th
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This position is located in Fort Smith Arkansas, Arkansas


KIDS FIRST serves children with special healthcare needs ranging in age from six weeks to five years. In our pediatric day healthcare clinics, children diagnosed as having a medical condition known to place them at risk for developmental delays and disabilities receive intensive intervention.


The Physical Therapist provides evidence-based best-practice evaluation and therapy techniques for the birth to 5 populations with a variety of gross motor delays/disorders at UAMS Kids First clinic. 


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS.
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only).
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000.
  • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, 12 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave (additional leave available depending on status).
  • Career Training Opportunities.

Salary offered commensurate to experience.


  1. Provides gross motor assessment and treatment using evidence-based techniques in a naturalistic, developmentally appropriate manner.
  2. On receipt of a prescription, evaluates to determine muscle tone, reflexes, strength, balance, range of motion, locomotion delays/disorders and/or potential orthopedic concerns using appropriate diagnostic instruments. Also, determines the need for adaptive equipment and referral for orthotics.
  3. Reviews results of standardized scores along with informed clinical judgment and observations to make the correct diagnosis.
  4. Translates the obtained information into a professional, typed document along with treatment recommendations, developing appropriate goals and objectives as related to patient’s needs. Confers with the Medical Director when necessary regarding said results/recommendations. Implements direct therapy for children, based upon findings using evidence-based techniques.
  5. Continually monitors progress and makes modifications to treatment plan as needed.
  6. Documents services provided in a professional, timely manner. Carefully, prepares and provides billing documents according to KIDS FIRST and Medicaid guidelines on a weekly basis. Verifies accuracy billing documents through careful review of progress notes, treatment room sign-out forms, and child’s individual prescription requirements.
  7. Collaborates and communicates with families, other therapists, nurses, social workers, director, developmental staff, and contractors to provide the best quality of care and optimal outcomes for each child. Encourage families to take an active role in supporting their child’s development using the principles of Family Centered Care.
  8. Supports the academic mission of the Kids First program. This includes participation in the training of students and pre-service professionals, education and outreach to stakeholders, families served, and community partners.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned, including training and participation in research projects.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy plus two (2) years of experience in Physical Therapy OR Master's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Current Arkansas Physical Therapy License or eligible to obtain license within one (1) month of hire
  • Intermediate computer skills (MS Office preferred)

Candidate must pass state abuse registry checks, drug screen, submit to a TB skin test and required immunizations or provide proof of immunizations.



Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Medical Facility Environment, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: Biological