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Florida Physical Therapy Supervision of Assistants
Definition of a PTA
“Physical therapist assistant” means a person who is licensed as a PTA in Florida and can perform patient-related activities, including the use of physical agents, whose license is in good standing, and whose activities are performed under the direction of a physical therapist.
Responsibilities of the PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant Responsibilities. Physical therapist assistants shall:
What type of supervision is required?
General supervision of a physical therapist, does not require onsite supervision by a physical therapist: Patient-related activities performed by a physical therapist assistant for a board-certified orthopedic physician or physiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 458 (physician) or chapter 459 (osteopath) or a practitioner licensed under chapter 460 (chiropractor).
Onsite supervision: Patient-related activities performed for all other health care practitioners licensed under chapter 458 (physician) or chapter 459 (osteopath) and those patient-related activities performed for practitioners licensed under chapter 461 (podiatrist) or chapter 466 (dentist).
Accessibility of an offsite PT
During the delivery of physical therapy care by the physical therapist assistant to patients who are not inpatients in a hospital, or who are not in the acute phase of injury or illness, the physical therapist shall be accessible at all times by telecommunication and shall be within the same geographic location as the assistant.
Supervision of PTAs in a hospital setting
During an acute phase of injury or illness, or while the patient is an inpatient in a hospital, the physical therapist shall be readily and physically available for consultation to the physical therapist assistant.
Fla. Stat. § 486.021
Fla. Admin. Code § 64B17-6.001