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Florida PT Supervision Definitions
Direction - The PT’s authorization and empowerment of a PTA or unlicensed personnel to carry out actions requiring licensure.
Direct Supervision - Supervision by a PT who is licensed in Florida. Except in a case of emergency, direct supervision requires the physical presence of the licensed PT for consultation and direction of the actions of a PT or PTA who is practicing under a temporary permit and who is a candidate for licensure by examination.
General Supervision - Supervision of a PTA, other than by direct supervision, whereby the PT is accessible at all times by two-way communication, available, to respond to an inquiry when made and readily available for consultation during the delivery of care and is within the same geographic location as the PTA.
Physical Therapy Assistant - A person who is licensed 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 PT.
Unlicensed Personnel - Any individual, working or volunteering in a physical therapy setting, not holding a current license as a PT or PTA.
Fla. Stat. § 486.021
Fla. Admin. Code § 64B17-6.001
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