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California Physical Therapy Students 

Can students practice in a clinical setting?

The following persons are exempt from the licensure requirements when engaged in the following activities:

    • A regularly matriculated physical therapist student undertaking a course of professional instruction in an approved entry-level physical therapy education program or enrolled in a program of supervised clinical education under the direction of an approved physical therapy education program as described in Section 2651. These physical therapist students may perform physical therapy as a part of their course of study.
    • A regularly matriculated physical therapist assistant student undertaking a course of instruction in an approved physical therapy education program or enrolled in a program of supervised clinical education under the direction of an approved physical therapy education program as described in Section 2651. These physical therapist assistant students may perform physical therapy techniques as a part of their course of study.

What kind of supervision is required for student physical therapists?

The supervising physical therapist shall provide on-site supervision of the assigned patient care rendered by the physical therapist student.

The physical therapist student shall document each treatment in the patient record, along with his or her signature. The clinical instructor or supervising physical therapist shall countersign with his or her first initial and last name all entries in the patient's record on the same day as patient related tasks were provided by the physical therapist student.

What kind of supervision is required for student PTAs?

The physical therapist assistant student shall be supervised by a physical therapist supervisor. A physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist supervisor may perform as a clinical instructor of the physical therapist assistant student when rendering physical therapy services.

A physical therapist supervisor shall provide on-site supervision of the assigned patient care rendered by the physical therapist assistant student.

The physical therapist assistant student shall document each treatment in the patient record, along with his or her signature. The clinical instructor shall countersign with his or her first initial and last name in the patient's record on the same day as patient related tasks were provided by the physical therapist assistant student. The supervising physical therapist shall conduct a weekly case conference and document it in the patient record.

How must students identify themselves?

During a period of clinical practice or in any similar period of observation of related educational experience involving recipients of physical therapy, a person so engaged shall be identified only as a “physical therapist student” or a “physical therapist assistant student,” as authorized by the board.

Citation

Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 2630.5

Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 2633.7

16 CCR § 1398.37



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