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California PT and PTA Graduates

Who is eligible to be a license applicant?

Every graduate of an approved physical therapy education program who has filed a complete application for licensure with the board and has been awarded either physical therapist license applicant status or physical therapist assistant license applicant status

A person shall not be considered a graduate unless he or she has successfully completed all the clinical training and internship required for graduation from the education program.

What type of supervision is required for a physical therapist license applicant?

A physical therapist license applicant whose application for licensure has been filed and reviewed by the board may perform as a physical therapist if he or she is under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

“Direct and immediate supervision” means a supervisor shall at all times be responsible for and provide adequate supervision of the work performed by the physical therapist license applicant and shall be in close proximity to the location where the physical therapist license applicant is rendering physical therapy treatment.

Documentation requirements for the PT graduate/applicant

The physical therapist license applicant shall document each treatment in the patient record, along with his or her signature. A supervising physical therapist 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 license applicant.

Documentation requirements for the supervising PT

A supervising physical therapist shall document receipt of the letter authorizing physical therapist license applicant status and record the expiration date of such status in the employee record. A supervising physical therapist shall require the applicant to provide documentation of the license issued at the conclusion of the physical therapist license applicant status. If the applicant fails to pass the licensing examination all privileges to work as a physical therapist license applicant shall terminate.

Supervision requirements for a PTA license applicant

“Direct and immediate” means a supervisor shall at all times be responsible for and provide adequate supervision of the work performed by the applicant and shall be in close proximity to the location where the applicant is assisting in the provision of physical therapy treatment.

Documentation requirements for the PTA license applicant

The physical therapist assistant license applicant shall document each treatment in the patient record, along with his or her signature. A supervising physical therapist 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 license applicant.

Responsibilities of the supervising PT

A supervising physical therapist will conduct a weekly case conference and document it in the patient record.

A supervising physical therapist shall document receipt of the letter authorizing physical therapist assistant license applicant status and record the expiration date of such status in the employee record. A supervising physical therapist shall require the applicant to provide documentation of the license issued at the conclusion of the physical therapist assistant license applicant status.

If the applicant fails to pass the licensing examination all privileges to work as a physical therapist assistant license applicant shall terminate.

Duration of the permit

120 days pending the outcome of the examination.

Citations

Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code § 2639

16 CCR § 1399.10

16 CCR § 1399.12



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