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Arizona Physical Therapy Aides

Assistive Personnel 

 "Assistive personnel" includes physical therapist assistants and physical therapy aides and other assistive personnel who are trained or educated health care providers and who are not physical therapist assistants or physical therapy aides but who perform specific designated tasks related to physical therapy under the supervision of a physical therapist. At the discretion of the supervising physical therapist, and if properly credentialed and not prohibited by any other law, other assistive personnel may be identified by the title specific to their training or education. This paragraph does not apply to personnel assisting other health care professionals licensed pursuant to this title in the performance of delegable treatment responsibilities within their scope of practice.

What is the definition of an aide?

"Physical therapy aide" means a person who is trained under the direction of a physical therapist and who performs designated and supervised routine physical therapy tasks.

What can an aide do?

Designated and routine physical therapy tasks.

What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?

N/A

What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to an aide?

The PT responsible for all patient care provided by assistive personnel. The PT may delegate supervised selected acts, tasks or procedures that do not exceed the assistive personnel's education or training.

What type of supervision is required?

On-site supervision.

A physical therapy aide and other assistive personnel shall perform designated routine tasks only under the on-site supervision of a licensed physical therapist who is present in the facility.

Co-signature requirements for a PT aide

If an individual other than a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant makes an entry into the patient record, the supervising physical therapist co-signs the entry.

What is the ratio between supervising PTs and aides?

A physical therapist shall not supervise more than three (3) assistive personnel at any time. If a physical therapist supervises three assistive personnel, the physical therapist shall ensure that:

    • At least one (1) of the assistive personnel is a physical therapist assistant,
    • No more than two (2) of the assistive personnel are physical therapist assistants performing selected treatment interventions under general supervision, and
    • Assistive personnel other than a physical therapist assistant perform a physical therapy task only under the onsite supervision of a physical therapist.

Required designation for aides

Aides should be identified as such.  Any other assistive personnel should be identified with their license and education credentials.

Reference

A.R.S. ยง 32-2043

A.A.C. R4-24-303

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