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Alabama PT Assistants
Definition of a PTA
A person who assists in the practice of physical therapy and whose activities require an understanding of physical therapy but do not require professional or advance training in the anatomical, biological, and physical sciences involved in the practice of physical therapy. The PTA shall practice only under the direction of a licensed PT.
What are the roles and responsibilities of PTAs in practice?
The roles and responsibilities of a person licensed to practice as a PTA in the State of Alabama generally are:
Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
What type of supervision is required?
PTAs must practice under the "direction" of a licensed PT.
"Direction" means the action of the PT in delegating duties to a PTAs, maintaining close communication with the PTA, and overseeing the PTA's activities on a frequent regularly scheduled basis.
What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
Does the supervising physical therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
No more than four (4) licensed PTAs at one time.
Required designation for assistants
When using an abbreviated title, the physical therapist assistant should use the letters PTA.
Ala. Admin. Code r. 700-X-3-.03