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University of Utah Health Certified Hand Therapist in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


Sign-on Bonus – Certified Hand Therapist

The University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics is embarking on a new program to attract and retainCertified Hand Therapists.

The program provides a signing bonus for new hired Certified Hand Therapist at a 0.50 FTE or greater.

Signing bonus

A signing bonus is available for new hired Certified Hand Therapists, prorated to the Certified Hand Therapist's FTE.The bonus is structured as follows:

  • The applying Certified Hand Therapist must be an external candidate.

  • The first installment is paid out upon hire.

  • The second installment is paid out after twelve (12) months of employment.

Additional details

  • Bonus will be paid for those attending New Employee Orientation starting on July 1, 2021 until March 31, 2024.

  • If, at any time during the first one (1) year of employment, a Certified Hand Therapist drops below a .50 FTE, all future bonuses are forfeited, regardless of whether or not they later return to an FTE above .50.

  • If an eligible Certified Hand Therapist terminates from the organization and is subsequently rehired, they must have been separated from the organization for a period of at least one year before becoming eligible once again for the program.

  • The incentive payments are taxable, and all regular payroll taxes will be withheld.

As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position evaluates and implements physical therapy to patients with neurological, burn/wound, or musculoskeletal injuries or to patients with other acute or chronic physical disabilities through the use of physical therapy techniques, to relieve pain, restore physical functioning and facilitate independence. The incumbent may be involved in the prevention of disabilities or injury re-occurrence. This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.


  • Evaluates and assesses the patient's abilities and limitations.

  • Establishes plan of treatment and goals based on the referral and evaluation of functional skills, joint mobility, gait, developmental reflexes, muscle strength, tone, and coordination, sensation tests, and other measures to ensure rapid patient recovery.

  • Implements therapy according to the established plan, utilizing appropriate procedures, equipment and techniques within the scope of physical therapy.

  • May participate in wound management through wound debridement, dressing changes, exercise, stretching and splinting.

  • Recommends adaptive equipment, completes the equipment justification forms and arranges for the delivery of equipment.

  • Re-evaluates patients, assesses their progress and makes recommendations regarding discharge.

  • Consults and co-treats with other patient care team members to discuss patient progress, set objectives for patient treatment and integrate physical treatment with other activities.

  • Educates the patient and/or caregiver about the findings of the evaluation, established goals of the physical therapy program, plan of treatment, home programs, injury prevention and other related information.

  • Evaluates home or work environments and makes physical barrier modification or ergonomic recommendations.

  • May assist with departmental program development and training physical therapy students.

  • May provide in-services for staff, other departments and the community.

  • Provides documentation of patient care according to established criteria.

  • Participates in continuous quality improvement projects.

  • Supervises the patient care activities of aides, assistants, attendants, students and volunteers.

  • Participates in in-services, medical conferences, staff meetings, continuing education courses, team meetings and other related activities.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.

  • Current knowledge of safety issues needed in the treatment of patients, especially regarding body substance precautions and body mechanics to protect self, patients and personnel working with therapists.

  • Ability to participate in rotations of work area, weekends and week-day hours and assigned holidays.

  • Ability to follow ethical guidelines outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.


Qualifications Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

  • Current Hand Therapist (CHT) certification through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission

  • 3 years clinical/practical experience.

  • One of the following

  • Current licensure to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the State of Utah.

  • Current license to practice as a Physical Therapist in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 90 days of hire under the Physical Therapy Compact if switching residency to State of Utah. Must maintain current Physical Therapy Compact (multi-state) license if residency is not being changed to Utah.

May require additional requirements as determined by the hiring department.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners or behavioral health patients.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

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EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 66434

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Variable

Clinical/Non-Clinical Status Clinical

Location Name Orthopaedic Center

Workplace Set Up On-site


State UT


Category Therapy/Rehabilitation