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Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist (Per Diem-North Bergen)


How have you impacted someone’s life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our healthcare teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career all within New Jersey’s premier healthcare system.
The Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist provides physical therapy treatment and education to inpatients and outpatients. Assists in the education and development of departmental and other hospital staff.


A day in the life of a Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
  • Performs physical therapy assessment and evaluations, on a daily basis, on-going re-assessment and administers physical therapy treatment to patients in conjunction with a licensed care practitioner authorized to prescribe treatment.
  • Implements, on a daily basis, treatment modalites which may include exercise, heat, light, ultrasound, water, electricity, massage, gait raining, balance training and other rehabilitation techniques.
  • Provides, on a daily basis, for patient and family education programs and assistance in exercise programs and assistance in understanding and participation in physical therapy goal setting.
  • Uses, on a daily basis, multidisciplinary approach in executing patient treatment. Coordinates with Case Management, Nursing and Physicians to participate in patient’s timely discharge and continuation of treatment upon hospital discharge.
  • Provides In-service programs for Physical Therapy Staff.
  • Organizes Journal Club for Rehab In-service program.
  • Serves as Clinical Resource for Junior Staff.
  • Provides In-service programs for Nursing Staff and other Ancillary Staff on equipment use, transfer training and body mechanics.
  • Monitors equipment use for safety and wear and tear in the department.
  • Ensures delivery of excellent customer service resulting in positive and improving patient satisfaction scores for department and Medical
  • Center.
Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Guides, on a daily basis, departmental support personnel.
  • Prepares, on a daily basis, schedules for inpatients and outpatients.
  • Attends hospital and department in-service program as required.
  • Assists the Director in developing and implementation of a Quality Improvement Program in Physical Therapy.
  • Performs educational in-service for both department and hospital staff.
  • Attends continuing education programs outside the hospital to maintain professional competence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Masters Degree in Physical Therapy with Clinical Specialist Certification through the APTA or Doctorate in Physical Therapy from an Accredited Physical Therapy Program with two years clinical experience.
  • AHA Basic Health Care Life Support HCP Certification.
  • Prior acute care and outpatient experience required.