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Georgia Physical Therapy Assistants
Definition of a PTA
"Physical therapist assistant" or "physical therapy assistant" means a person who is licensed by the board to assist a physical therapist, whose activities are supervised and directed by a physical therapist, and whose license is in good standing.
What type of therapist supervision is required?
A licensed physical therapist shall at all times be responsible for providing adequate supervision of a physical therapy assistant.
Adequate supervision by a licensed physical therapist shall include the following:
The licensed physical therapist shall be present in the same institutional setting, 25% percent of any work week, Monday through Friday, and shall be readily available to the assistant at all other times, including weekend coverage, for advice, assistance and instruction.
"Institutional setting" means any nursing home, acute hospital, convalescent hospital, rehabilitation center, other in- patient facility by any other name and out- patient clinic which would include private off ice.
Home Health Setting
The licensed physical therapist in the home health setting responsible for the patient shall supervise the physical therapist assistant working with the patient and shall:
A licensed physical therapist shall be designated as the physical therapist assistant's supervisor in the school setting and shall:
A physical therapist assistant shall use the letters "PTA" immediately following his or her name to designate licensure under this chapter. A person shall not use the title "physical therapist assistant," the letters "PTA," or any other words, abbreviations, or insignia in connection with that person's name to indicate or imply, directly or indirectly, that the person is a physical therapist assistant unless that person is licensed as a physical therapist assistant
O.C.G.A § 43-33-11