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Arizona Physical Therapy Assistants
Arizona’s Definition of a PTA
"Physical therapist assistant" means a person who meets the requirements of this chapter for certification and who performs physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated by the supervising physical therapist.
Which services are PTAs allowed to practice?
Physical therapy procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated by the supervising physical therapist.
Are there specific services that PTAs are prohibited from practicing?
Services that are the sole responsibility of the PT.
What type of supervision is required?
"General supervision" means that the supervising physical therapist is on call and is readily available via telecommunications when the physical therapist assistant is providing treatment interventions
“Readily available,” as used in the definition of “general supervision” prescribed under A.R.S. § 32-2001, means a supervising physical therapist is able to respond within 15 minutes to a communication from a physical therapist assistant providing a selected treatment intervention under general supervision.
“On call,” as used in the definition of “general supervision” prescribed under A.R.S. § 32-2001, means a supervising physical therapist is able to go to the location at which and on the same day that a physical therapist assistant provides a selected treatment intervention if the physical therapist, after consultation with the physical therapist assistant, determines that going to the location is in the best interest of the patient.
Responsibilities of the physical therapist before delegating to an assistant?
Before delegating performance of a selected treatment intervention to a physical therapist assistant working under general supervision, the supervising physical therapist shall ensure that the physical therapist assistant:
What are the assistant’s documentation responsibilities?
A physical therapist assistant who provides a selected treatment intervention under general supervision shall document in the patient record:
Does the supervising physical therapist need to co-sign documentation created by the PTA?
A physical therapist assistant must document care provided but may do so without the co-signature of the supervising physical therapist.
What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?
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:
Required designation for assistants
A physical therapist assistant shall use the designation “P.T.A.” immediately following the physical therapist assistant’s name to denote certification.
A.R.S. § 32-2001
A.R.S. § 32-2043