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Alaska Physical Therapy Definitions
The Alaska physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions.
“Board” - The State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board.
“Continual On-Site Supervision”- The supervising physical therapist or physical therapy assistant:
“Internship”- Postgraduate on-the-job training of physical therapists or physical therapy assistants, approved by the board.
“Non-Patient Related Duties”- Clerical and maintenance activities and preparation of the work area or equipment.
“Patient-Related Duties”- Routine tasks that do not require the education, skill, and training of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, and for which the
“Physical Therapist” - A person who practices physical therapy.
“Physical Therapy” - The examination, treatment and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction, pain from injury, disease and other bodily or mental conditions and includes the administration, interpretation and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures; the planning, administration, evaluation and modification of treatment and instruction including the use of physical measures, activities and devices for preventive and therapeutic purposes; the provision of consultative, educational and other advisory services for the purpose of reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain; “physical therapy” does not include the use of roentgen rays and radioactive materials for diagnosis and therapeutic purposes, the use of electricity for surgical purposes, and the diagnosis of disease.
“Physical Therapy Assistant” - A person who assists in the practice of physical therapy or portions of it as initiated, supervised, and terminated by a licensed physical therapist; a physical therapy assistant’s responsibilities do not include testing or evaluation.
AS § 08.84.190
12 AAC 54.590
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