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Michigan PT Assistants

What are the responsibilities of the PT when delegating to a PTA?

A physical therapist who delegates acts, tasks, functions, or interventions shall also comply with all of the following:

    • Ensure the qualifications of the physical therapist assistant under the physical therapist's supervision, including verification of the physical therapist assistant's training, education, and licensure.
    • Examine and evaluate the patient or client before delegating interventions to be performed by a physical therapist assistant.
    • Provide supervision of a physical therapist assistant to whom acts, tasks, functions, or interventions have been delegated.
    • Provide predetermined procedures and protocols for acts, tasks, functions, or interventions that have been delegated.
    • Maintain a record of the names of the physical therapist assistants to whom acts, tasks, functions, or interventions have been delegated.
    • Monitor a physical therapist assistant's practice and provision of assigned physical therapy acts, tasks, functions, or interventions.
    • Meet regularly and in person with the physical therapist assistant to whom acts, tasks, functions, or interventions have been delegated to evaluate the assistant's performance, review records, and educate the physical therapist assistant on the acts, tasks, functions, or interventions that have been delegated.

What type of therapist supervision is required?

A physical therapist who delegates acts, tasks, functions, or interventions to a physical therapist assistant shall provide general supervision of the physical therapist assistant.

"General supervision" means that the physical therapist is not required to be physically present on site, but must be continuously available at the time the procedure is performed. Continuously available includes availability by telecommunication or other electronic device.

What is the ratio between supervising PTs and PTAs?

A physical therapist shall not supervise more than four (4) physical therapist assistants at the same time.

Citations

MCL 333.17801

Mich. Admin. Code R. 338.7138

 
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